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Good News for Travelers- Direct Route Established to Andaman and Nicobar

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Foreign tourists can now directly fly to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as the government has designated Port Blair airport as an authorised immigration check post for entry into and exit from India with valid travel documents.

The decision came more than a month after the killing of an American national by members of a highly protected tribe in one of the islands of the Union territory.

“In pursuance of sub-rule (b) of rule 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950, the central government hereby designates Port Blair airport of Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands as an authorised immigration check post for entry into/exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers,” a home ministry notification said.

In another notification, the home ministry appointed the Superintendent of Police, CID, the Andaman and Nicobar Police, as the “civil authority” for the immigration check post at Port Blair airport with effect from December 31, 2018.

The Andamans, which came under the global spotlight after the killing of an American national, is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the country receiving around four lakh tourists annually.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced the renaming of three islands of the archipelago in tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

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