(New Delhi, December 31)

Good News for all the Foreign nationals’ travelers. On December 31, central Government hereby designates Port Blair airport as authorized immigration check post. That means foreign tourists can now fly directly to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands starting January 1, 2019. Any foreign tourist with valid documents can enter into / exit from India through Port Blair airport.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands consist of 38 out of 572 island inhabitants. This is a union territory that comes under the administrative control of the Home Ministry. After the killing of an American national by a tribe in the island of this union territory. The government took this decision a month ago.

The Central government hereby designates Port Blair airport of Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands as an authorized immigration check post in pursuance of sub-rule (b) of rule 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950, for entry into/exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers. This was given as a Home Ministry notification issued on December 30.

Moreover, the Home Ministry appointed the Superintendent of Police, the Andaman and Nicobar Police and CID, as the “civil authority”. These officials are responsible for security in the immigration check post at Port Blair airport with effect from December 31, 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the same day announced the renaming of three islands in the Andaman and Nicobar as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep and Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep.

It is really a piece of hunky-dory news as this island is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations receiving an average of four lakh tourists annually. According to data available with the Home Ministry, Between January 2015 and October 2018 more than 16 lakh tourists which includes several thousand foreigners visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands.