Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

  • What is the advisory to travel to North & Middle Andaman District?

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :

  1. The Tourism Activities are permitted only in South Andaman & North & Middle Andaman District except Nicobar District.
  2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with home co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years advised not to travel for tourism purposes.
  3. Tourists/Visitors who are at higher risk due to some medical history are advised to take extra precautions.
  4. Tourists/visitors shall minimize contact with other staff and visitors as far as possible and zero contact policy should be followed at all tourist destinations.
  5. All tourists/visitors shall be briefed by the hotel concerned about do’s & don’ts to be mandatorily followed during their stay and movements.
  6. While travelling tourists/visitors should wear a face mask and carry their own sanitizer and wet wipes for personal use.
  7. At all tourist destinations, staff must wear face masks and wash/sanitize hands regularly while performing their duties.
  8. Arogya Setu App shall be mandatory for all incoming tourists/visitors.
  9. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly after use.
  10. 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 rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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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.

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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
  • There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Public transports like cabs, taxis, and bus services are also functional.
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Travellers should carefully follow social distancing norms and wear masks as well. Also, before making any booking, they should refer to the latest travel news on the government website of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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About Havelock Island

About Havelock Island
Date : 30 May 2023

Havelock Island, also known as Swaraj Dweep, is a gem nestled in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago of India. Spanning over 100 square kilometers, this tropical paradise is known for its untouched beauty and tranquil ambiance. With its pristine white-sand beaches, lush green forests, and clear turquoise waters, Havelock Island offers a perfect escape for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

The island is accessible via a ferry ride from Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a serene atmosphere and a sense of tranquility that envelops the entire island. The absence of major commercialization has allowed Havelock Island to maintain its natural charm, making it a sanctuary for those seeking a peaceful retreat.

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So if you have plans of visiting the island, there are several things you must know about Havelock Island. In this blog, we have covered most of them. 

Radhanagar Beach: Asia's Best Beach

Among the numerous beaches that adorn Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach stands out as a true gem and has been consistently recognized as one of Asia's best beaches. The soft, powdery sands stretching for about 2.5 kilometers, the crystal-clear waters, and the backdrop of lush green forests create a picturesque setting that seems straight out of a postcard.

Radhanagar Beach offers visitors an array of activities to enjoy. From taking leisurely walks along the shore to sunbathing under the shade of swaying palm trees, there are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind. The beach's calm and shallow waters are ideal for swimming, making it a family-friendly destination. Additionally, the mesmerizing sunsets that paint the sky with vibrant hues provide a truly magical experience.


Snorkeling and Diving: Exploring the Underwater Wonderland

Havelock Island's thriving coral reefs and diverse marine life make it a haven for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. The clear waters surrounding the island offer excellent visibility, allowing visitors to witness the vibrant underwater world teeming with colorful coral formations, tropical fish, and other fascinating sea creatures.

Professional dive centers on the island provide a range of diving courses and guided tours for both beginners and experienced divers. Whether you're embarking on your first snorkeling adventure or diving to greater depths, Havelock Island offers an unforgettable exploration of its underwater wonders. Experienced instructors ensure your safety and provide insightful knowledge about the marine ecosystem, making it an educational and enriching experience.

Exploring the Rich Biodiversity

Havelock Island is not just a haven for beach enthusiasts but also a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The island is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, thanks to its tropical climate and dense forests and this is one of the best things about Havelock Island. The lush greenery and thriving ecosystems provide a habitat for a variety of species, making it a captivating destination for exploring the rich biodiversity.

One of the remarkable attractions on Havelock Island is Elephant Beach. A short boat ride away from the main jetty, Elephant Beach offers an opportunity to witness vibrant coral reefs and encounter marine life. Snorkelers can marvel at the stunning coral formations and swim alongside colorful fish and sea turtles. It is also common to spot majestic manta rays gliding through the water, adding to the allure of this underwater wonderland.

For nature walks and birdwatching, the island's dense mangrove forests are a must-visit. The forest trails offer a chance to immerse oneself in the serene surroundings and spot unique bird species, including parakeets, kingfishers, and herons. The island is also known for its resident reptiles, such as monitor lizards and saltwater crocodiles, which can be spotted in certain areas.


Adventure and Water Sports

Havelock Island caters to adventure enthusiasts with its range of thrilling water sports activities. In addition to snorkeling and diving, visitors can indulge in activities like kayaking, jet skiing, and banana boat rides. The island's pristine waters and picturesque coastline provide the perfect backdrop for adrenaline-pumping experiences.

One of the must-try activities on Havelock Island is sea walking. This unique adventure allows you to walk along the ocean floor while wearing a specialized helmet that provides a constant supply of air. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the underwater world without the need for swimming or diving skills, making it accessible to people of all ages.

For those seeking a more laid-back experience, Havelock Island offers options like beach camping and leisurely boat tours. Spending a night under the stars on the beach, accompanied by the soothing sound of the waves, is an unforgettable experience. Boat tours provide an opportunity to explore the neighboring islands, each with its own distinct charm and natural beauty.


Sustainable Tourism and Conservation Efforts

With the increasing popularity of Havelock Island as a tourist destination, efforts have been made to promote sustainable tourism and preserve the island's fragile ecosystems. Various initiatives have been implemented to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment, including waste management programs and restrictions on coral collection.

Responsible tourism practices aim to protect the coral reefs, mangrove forests, and the island's overall biodiversity. Visitors are encouraged to practice responsible snorkeling and diving, avoiding touching or damaging the coral formations, and respecting marine life.

Furthermore, local communities on Havelock Island are actively involved in conservation efforts and eco-friendly practices. Sustainable accommodations, organic farming, and community-based initiatives are contributing to the preservation of the island's natural resources and culture.

Final Word

Havelock Island, with its untouched beauty, pristine beaches, and rich marine life, is truly a tropical paradise that leaves visitors awe-inspired. From the mesmerizing Radhanagar Beach to the thrilling underwater adventures, this island offers a myriad of experiences for nature enthusiasts, beach lovers, and adventure seekers alike. 

Whether you choose to relax under the shade of palm trees, explore the vibrant coral reefs, or simply soak in the serene atmosphere, everything about Havelock Island makes visiting the place an unforgettable journey filled with natural splendor and tranquility. A visit to this slice of paradise is bound to create memories that last a lifetime.

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