Entering Tribal Area; Tourism Department issues Advisory for Tourists

Port Blair, Nov 30: All Tourists visiting Andaman & Nicobar Islands are hereby advised to abstain from entering/visiting the areas reserved for Aboriginal Tribes. Any violation of such restrictions is a criminal offence and punishable under the Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation, 1956, as amended from time to time.

Any entry into the reserved area for the purpose of taking photographs or making videos of the aboriginal tribes is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to Three Years and with fine which may extend to Ten Thousand rupees.

All the Travel Agents/Tour Operators are also informed that promotion of tourism activities through any advertisement relating to aboriginal tribes, directly or indirectly, is a punishable offence under the Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation, 1956, as amended from time to time. Any contravention of the Regulation is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to Three Years and with fine which may extend to Ten Thousand rupees.

All Travel Agents/Tour Operators are requested to encourage the Tourists to take sea route to visit Baratang and other permissible areas in North & Middle Andaman. The Directorate of Shipping has already taken many initiatives to make the sea journey more affordable and more convenient.

The boat-tickets for Baratang by sea route are available at the ticket counters of Directorate of Shipping Services (DSS) and the same are also available at the counters of the Directorate of Information, Publicity & Tourism (IP&T).

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