Visas for Port Blair boat carnival

PORT BLAIR, India, 31 January 2018: India’s embassies in Thailand and Malaysia have agreed to issue visas to ‘Sail the Andaman’ participants that are non-residents of the two countries.

It means expatriates in Thailand and Malaysia, who intend to attend the Port Blair event, can process a tourist visas at India’s embassies in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

Otherwise non-residents can still obtain visas in their home countries, reports Andaman Holidays and Asia Pacific Superyachts Andaman Islands’ head, R. Rathnam.

The inaugural ‘Sail the Andaman’ Yacht Carnival & Rally will be hosted 20 February through March 2018 – starting and ending in Port Blair, India.

Boats will sail from Phuket, Thailand and Langkawi, Malaysia and other destinations in Southeast Asia to the Andaman Islands to join in the ‘Sail the Andaman’ Carnival festivities.

India’s most remote state, the Andaman Islands Archipelago, is situated more than 1000 km off the east coast of India in the middle of the Bay of Bengal.

Thickly covered by tropical forest, the archipelago supports a profusion of wildlife, including some extremely rare species of birds, but the principal attraction lies in its beaches, caves and the pristine reefs that ring most of the islands.

The inaugural event is organised by Andaman Holidays and supported by India’s Ministry of Tourism, and Andaman Tourism and Asia Pacific Superyachts.

The organisers say they want to create a spectacular annual event, anchored at Port Blair.

The organisers are supporting participating boats to complete customs formalities, route, booking pre-rally accommodation (if requested) and providing information on yacht berths and anchorage.


For boat entry process information and costs, including preferred visa assistance, along with the event itinerary, register interest with an email to: [email protected] and visit