From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
What are the guidelines for testing for tourists coming to Andaman after August 03 2021?
On arrival at Port Blair :
1. The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based 1CMR approved lab using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). However, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to starting the journey from the origin station. (For e.g. if the tourist takes a flight from Delhi at 0600 hrs. on 1st September, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).
2. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in
institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&N Administration, on rates as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid-19 care centre on case-to-case basis.
3. Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.
What if the tourists test positive after arriving at the Andaman Islands?
If the tourists tests positive during their stay in the Islands, he/she will need to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The
cost of such isolation for govt. facility will be paid by the tourists as fixed by the administration from time to time.
If the patient wants to stay at hotels, he/she can stay in the hotels if all the conditions below are met:
a) Patients are not symptomatic and not more than 60 years old.
b) Request/ undertaking is made by patient in writing.
c)lf allowed by doctors.
Hotels will make necessary arrangements to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are famous among adventure seekers owing to the diversity of water sports one can experience here. Having a multitude of activities available for one and all, no one can get bored on this little piece of paradise. Snorkeling is one such water sport that you should definitely try during your vacation here. The islands offer the best snorkeling experience in India owing to the clear visibility underwater and rich marine life. You can notice the colorful reefs of the ocean shining through your underwater goggles. You can have a look at the underwater life and the rarest corals while performing this activity in the Andaman Islands. All you need to do is just put on your mask and fins and gear up for the underwater dive. Before anything, a professional session of snorkeling will be conducted by experts. After that, you can take a dive and explore the unexplored.
The moment you take a dip inside the water, you are sure to get mesmerised by the underwater kaleidoscopic colours and the quietude of the ocean. Moreover, there will be a guide to assist you at all times in case you face any problem. Snorkeling is known to have the perfect blend of fun and adventure. This splendid and exciting activity is a must-try in the Andaman Islands. Don’t hold yourself back and go for this activity when on this stunning island. It is counted among the best sports here. Just switch on your adventure mode and swim with colorful and cute fishes in the splendor of the sea. This activity is better than swimming and much more affordable than scuba diving. It takes you to the infinite underwater world without the requirement for any complex equipment. The best thing is that you don’t have to prepare anything in advance.
Best places to do: Elephant Beach, North Bay Beach, and Jolly Buoy
Level of difficulty: Medium
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