Tourism Sector

Access to Andaman eased


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Restricted Area Permit

Mains level: Boosting tourism in India


Foreigners can visit inhabited islands without Restricted Areas Permit

  1. The Union Home Ministry decided to lift restrictions as the government intends to boost tourism.
  2. Foreigners no longer need a Restricted Areas Permit to visit 29 inhabited islands in the Andaman and Nicobar chain.
  3. 11 other uninhabited islands will also be thrown open to foreigners.

Restricted Areas Permit and other provisions

  1. The 29 inhabited islands have been excluded from the restricted area permit (RAP) notified under the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963, till December 31, 2022, subject to certain conditions.
  2. However, citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals having their origin in these countries would continue to require RAP to visit the Union Territory.
  3. For visiting Mayabunder and Diglipur, citizens of Myanmar will continue to require RAP, which shall be issued only with the prior approval of the ministry.
  4. Separate approvals of the competent authority would be required for visiting reserved forests, wildlife sanctuaries and tribal reserves.
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