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Foreigners can visit 29 inhabited, 11 uninhabited Islands in Andaman

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Foreign tourists can visit 29 inhabited islands in the and Nicobar Islands, which were prohibited for visitors, without any restrictions, the said today.

Foreigners will also be allowed to visit 11 uninhabited islands, to be notified by the and administration, only for day visits.

The decision has been taken in the interest of promoting tourism and overall development of the Union Territory, a said.

The 29 inhabited islands in the and have been excluded from the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) regime notified under the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963, till December 31, 2022, subject to certain conditions, the said.

The islands are: East Island, North Andaman, Smith Island, Curfew Island, Stewart Island, Land Fall Island, Ayes Island, Middle Andaman, Long Island, Strait Island, North Passage, Baratang, South Andaman, Havelock, Neil Island, Flat Bay, North Sentinel Island, Little Andaman, Chowra, Tillang Chong Island, Teressa, Katchal, Nancowry, Kamorta, Pulomilo, Great Nicobar, Little Nicobar, and

A communication to this effect has been sent to the of the administration.

However, citizens of Afghanistan, and and foreign nationals having their origin in these countries would continue to require RAP to visit the Union Territory.

In such cases, the RAP may be granted only after obtaining prior approval of the

For visiting Mayabunder and Diglipur, citizens of will continue to require RAP, which shall be issued only with the prior approval of the ministry.

In order to ensure preservation of natural and marine resources, including marine parks and environment, of the Union Territory without affecting tourism and business at large, it should be ensured by the that the guidelines issued by the and Forests Ministry are strictly adhered to, the said in its communication.

Separate approvals of the competent authority would continue to be required for visiting reserved forests, wildlife sanctuaries and tribal reserves as is the case at present, the said.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 19:20 IST