Port Blair FAQs

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Area geography

Port Blair is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and its largest town.

Notes currencies cards

You can change currency and withdraw cash at the ATM machines in Aberdeen Bazaar. It is advisable to carry enough cash when travelling in and around Port Blair.

Cellular service for tourists

Major network operators like BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone-Essar are operational in Port Blair. The connectivity however is low in certain areas.

Wifi internet

For internet usage browsing, you can visit the Internet cafes in Aberdeen bazaar. Charges are per hour usage.

Drinking laws

The legal drinking age in India is 25 years.

Tipping

It’s not customary to tip in Port Blair as hotels and restaurants already charge service tax. You are not obliged to, but can tip a certain amount if you are pleased with the service and food.

Safety

This city has a low crime rate and therefore considered relatively safe. However, petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag snatching are common. It’s advisable to always be cautious of your surroundings and avoid visiting isolated areas.

General information

Languages spoken

Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali

Time zones

IST (UTC+5.5 hours)

Major religions

Port Blair is a multi-religious community and has over five indigenous tribes living in complete harmony. Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and people from other religions coexist in this mini-India.

Domestic international calling codes

ISD: 91 Port Blair Code: 03192

Common greetings

1. Hello, Good Morning or Good Evening: Namaste

2. Good Bye: Alvida

3. Thank you: Shukriya

4. Sorry: Shama Kijiye/Maafi

5. Do you speak English: Aap English bolte hain?

6. I don’t understand: Mujhe samajh nahi aaya

7. No: Nahi

8. Yes: Haan

9. I don’t know: Mujhe nahi pata

10. How are you?: Aap kaise hain?

11. What is your name?: Aapka naam kya hai?

12. My name is___: Mera naam ___ hai

13. Where is the washroom?: Washroom kahan hai?

14. Is this vegetarian? (Point to a dish in a menu card): Kya yeh shakahari hai?

15. How much does this cost? – Yeh kitne ka hai?

16. Too expensive!: Bahut mehnga hai!

17. A little cheaper – Thoda kam paise main do

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Emergency numbers

G B Pant Hospital: 03192-32102/33473

Ambulance: 03192-232102/233473

Aberdeen Police Station: 03192-33077/32100

Police Control Room: 100

Tourism Office: 03192-244013/244081

Tourism Police Office: 03192-231346

Airport: 03192-233390/232983

Railway Reservation Office: 03192-233042