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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Andaman Island Tourism

Andaman Island Tourism
Date : 12 Nov 2020
Categories: Travel Guide

Syrupy apples floating in Blue Curacao, that is what the Andaman and Nicobar Islands look from a distance. The archipelago that defines the 3 S’s in India- Snorkelling, Surfing, Scuba diving, Andaman Island is home to hundreds of beaches, each one of which is more picturesque than the others in its unique way. Consequently, it is no surprise that some of these beaches even rank among the most beautiful beaches in Asia. If you are seeking breathtaking vistas, surreal surroundings, and a laid back atmosphere, you are spoilt for choice on Andaman Islands. 

The exotic landscape of Radhanagar Beach and Vijayanagar Beach is enough to sweep you off your feet the moment you set your eyes on these beauties. But, Andaman Island is more than what meets the eye. Multiple beaches feature shallow coral reefs brimming with exotic species of aquatic flora and fauna which makes them perfect for underwater activities like sea walking, snorkelling and scuba diving. 

Andaman Island features thrilling watersports like snorkelling, sea walks and scuba diving amongst several others in many of the islands' beaches, hence calling adventure fanatics from far and wide. Visitors would also enjoy their time basking in the sun on the white sandy beaches overlooking the azure blue waters while sipping on a refreshing drink. 

Located in the Bay of Bengal, the area encompassed by these islands is 8249 square kilometres of which 8211 square kilometres is rural. The archipelago is blessed with lush flora including evergreen tropical rainforest canopy making it a clear choice of holiday for nature lovers. These forests encompass an assorted jumble of Indian, Malaysian and indigenous floral stretches that attract a lot of wildlife lovers.

With more than 2000 varieties of plants, these islands have an abundance of fauna, and around 50 species of forest mammals are found here among which 26 rat species and 14 bat species are primarily notable. Other prominent mammal species that can be spotted here are the wild pig, deer, feral elephants. Coral reefs and marine life of this archipelago is a notable factor attracting the tourists from all around the blue planet.

An ideal destination for family vacations, honeymoon couples as well as solo travellers, Andaman Island is one of those destinations that has in store something for everyone. There are a plethora of things to do here, thus making the trip delightful and utterly gratifying. History buffs also have ample to explore. Some of the places that make it to almost every Andaman Islands itinerary are Neil Island, Havelock Island, Long Island, Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Anthropological Museum, Indira Point, Car Nicobar, Katchal, etc.

There is indeed no scarcity of adventure in Andaman Islands as it offers a multitude of adventure sports. The top attractions for thrillseekers here are Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Camping, Surfing, and Trekking. A perfect destination for sightseeing and shopping, the landscapes and equipped with beautiful markets. In addition to this, Port Blair celebrates the Island Tourism Festival for 15 days between December and February drawing tourists from all across the world.

If you are stuck with a monotonous routine and a dull life, a visit to Andaman Island is enough to cheer you up by throwing some vibrant shades to your palette. Being in Andaman Island feels like being in a different world altogether, that is far away from the world that lacks peace and simplicity. Spending some days here is a great way to let your heart heal, to let your body relax, to let your mind heal, and to let your soul revive the lost strength.

Thanks to a comprehensive list of paradisiacal beaches, pleasant climate, friendly folks and a wonderful ambience, Andaman Island is one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in Asia. It is also an ideal choice for newlyweds due to the presence of various luxury hotels and resorts  in Andaman Island that offer honeymoon suites and remarkable experiences.

To create an unforgettable experience with the love of your life, you must go for one of our tailor-made Andaman honeymoon tours that take you to pristine beaches so that you can soak in the allure of nature and love in solitude. Cherishing numerous shades of the sky from dusk to dawn, savouring a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach under a blanket of stars, and a tender cruise ride in the seemingly endless Bay of Bengal - there is plenty for you to do in Andaman.

From children to grown-ups, from vacationers to explorers, from nature enthusiasts to thrillseekers - all of them return from Andaman Island elated and rejuvenated. In a nutshell, with diverse activities, breathtaking views, and of course, delectable seafood, Andaman Island is truly a treasure trove of experiences. Now that we have convinced you that there is no other holiday destination quite like Andaman Islands, it is time for you to convince your companion(s) and begin planning a trip to this tropical gem!

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