Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • 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 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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

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

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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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Best Markets in Andaman That No Shopaholic Can Afford To Miss

Date : 23 Oct 2020
Categories: Travel Guide

The Andaman Islands is all about pristine beaches and enthralling water activities. But do you know that this union territory is also the one-stop destination for shopaholics? Along with offering the most amazing rejuvenating experiences and exciting adventure sports, the Andamans houses some of the prettiest and most exciting markets that you just can’t miss. The shopping lover in you would be completely excited to see the cute little shops that are going to catch your attention for sure. When in the Andaman Islands, be ready to feel your wallet getting lighter as you splurge on some really delightful and exciting items here.

The markets in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands range from the very popular Aberdeen Bazaar to the unique Andaman Handicraft Emporium. A wide variety of items can be bought from here that you can take back home as cute souvenirs or something that you can gift to your loved ones. The markets are an absolute delight and something you can’t miss out on. You can buy wooden artifacts, pearl jewelry, some really fancy hats, and a lot more.

Top markets in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Keep on scrolling to know everything about the best markets in the Andaman Islands so that when you actually travel to this fabulous island, you don’t waste any time in deciding where to go for shopping.

Aberdeen Bazaar

It is one of the best markets in the Andaman Islands. Tourists from all over the world come to visit this market when they are in the Andaman Islands. In Aberdeen Bazaar, you can buy a wide range of products ranging from plain and simplest household goods to some very fancy and distinctive household goods. Aberdeen Bazaar is the best place to check out the skills you hone if you think that you are a pro at bargaining. Your vacation in the Andaman Islands will be complete only after visiting this famous market.

  • Location: Aberdeen, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744101
  • Timings: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (every day, except Monday)

Sagarika Government Emporium

Sagarika Government Emporium is the place to visit if you want to see some of the best creations of the locals. A platform for showcasing the talent and selling beautiful creations is provided to the locals via this emporium. The people sell handmade stuff that is primarily made with wood, seashells, and jute. You will find everything here ranging from handicrafts to wooden items, mirrors, and even apparel. Everything sold here is completely authentic and stunning that you will not be able to resist.

  • Location: DAG Colony, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744101
  • Timings: 9 AM–7 PM (every day except Monday)

MG Road

MG Road portrays Indian culture in the most amazing way possible. Named after Mahatma Gandhi, this place is home to one of the most famous markets in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Ranging from common household items to luxurious items, you can find everything here. You are sure to find something for yourself here even if you are on a budget trip. It is quite vast and showcases a diverse variety of shops. MG Road is located in the close vicinity of various popular eateries and restaurants that you should definitely try.

  • Location: MG Rd (Andaman Trunk Road), Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744101
  • Timings: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Electrical Plaza

Buying an electrical product is not something that you would want to do on your escapade to the lovely Andaman Islands but if you somehow need to do it, then Electrical Plaza is a well-known shopping market. Here, you can find everything ranging from chargers to wires for your laptops, cameras, and even television screens. This market is the right place to go if you are one of those who often forget to bring their mobile phone charger along.

  • Location: 11, MA Rd, DAG Colony, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744101
  • Timings: NA

Andaman Handicraft Emporium

Andaman Handicraft Emporium has to be your perfect place for shopping if you are willing to buy some pretty handicraft items. Visiting this place should definitely be in your travel itinerary if you plan on visiting the Andaman Islands. One of the most famous markets in the islands features this emporium. It is a paradise for those looking for some pretty seashell articles and handicraft items.

  • Location: MG Road, Port Blair
  • Timings: NA

Queen Sea Covering Craft

It is a unique market in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where you will find all kinds of seashell items ranging from mementos like bamboo cane crafts to very beautiful coconut shell lamps, and many other famous items. You can buy the best variety of seashell earrings, bracelets, lockets, and keyrings here. If you love accessories, then you are sure to lose track of time here. Such is the beauty of Queen Sea Covering Craft.

  • Location: Supply Lane, Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744101
  • Timings: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Beach Markets

Buying local handicrafts from beach markets in the Andaman Islands is something that you should not miss. Offering basic and fancy items, Market Number 3 in Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep) is one of the best beach markets for shopping in the islands. The shops here sell wooden jewelry in a wide variety. Along with that, one can also buy swimming or diving essentials from here in case you forget them. The markets are open only till the afternoon.

  • Location: All beaches of the Andaman Islands
  • Timings: NA

Shell-Based Products Markets

Stalls selling incredible shell-based items can be found on almost all coasts in the Andaman Islands. All the marketplaces sell jewelry, bags as well as also lamps decorated with seashells. Typical to a beach place, these seashells are entitled to a place on your shopping list. These pocket-friendly souvenirs are an excellent souvenir for your loved ones back at home. These amazing seashell products are a must-buy when you are in the Andaman Islands.

What your shopping list should comprise?

  • Spices
  • Pearl jewelry
  • Sarongs and hats
  • Wooden artifacts
  • Crafts made from cane
  • Ornaments made of shells
  • Coconut carved decoration pieces

Frequently asked questions about markets in the Andaman Islands

Question: What are some of the best things to buy when in the Andaman Islands?

Answer: In the Andaman Islands, you can purchase some of the unique things like jute items, pearls, timber crafts, and shells. Things made will coconut is an exclusive souvenir that you can buy in the Andaman Islands.

Question: Which are the best places to shop in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Answer: There are a number of stunning places for shopping from where you can get pearls, shells, handicrafts, etc. Some of the best places of the Andaman Islands are Aberdeen Bazaar, Sagarika, Electric Plaza, Shell-Based Products Markets, and MG Road.

Question: Are there any night markets in the Andaman Islands?

Answer: There are several markets, shops, and restaurants in the island that are open for night shopping and dinner. Havelock Island and Vegetable & Fish Market are counted among the best markets for night shopping.

Question: Is there any food market in the Andaman Islands?

Answer: Some food markets offering local foods of the island are there on the island. Some of the best food markets of the Andaman Islands are S S Food market, Andaman Island Noni, and IMFC.

Question: Are there any handicraft items that are a must-buy in the Andaman Islands?

Answer: The island is popular for its local handicraft items. Timber handicrafts, coconut handicrafts, woodcrafts are some of the best handicraft items that you should purchase during your vacation in the Andaman Islands.

Question: What are the timings for these markets in the Andaman Islands?

Answer: There are various markets in the Andaman Islands that stay open for 24 hours. But there are some markets that have fixed timings. For instance, Mohanpura Vegetable Market (9:30 AM-9 PM) and Bathu Basti Vegetable Market (8 AM-9 AM).

After knowing about the best markets in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, now you know that the place is not only about splendid beaches and scenic views but equally about some really fabulous places for shopaholics. They will be so much enthralled.

Port Blair being the best place, shopping in the Andaman Islands is a fun-filled experience. The capital city is a shopaholic’s paradise where you can explore shopping centers, regional centres, and also beach markets. Leaving everyone mesmerised, the island is one of the most recommended destinations for tourists. This gorgeous island is coupled with a peaceful atmosphere along with a picturesque view. Everyone simply falls in love here! Whether you are looking for relaxation or an adrenaline rush, this union territory has everything to offer. Moreover, it’s a hub of enthralling water activities.

There is a lot that can be done when one is in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. One thing that should also be in your travel itinerary is shopping! The charming little shops around the corner are always humming with tourists. The tourism in the Andaman Island is thriving not only because of the water activities, but because of its lovely handicrafts as well. Without wasting any time, you should go ahead, pamper yourself, and indulge in retail therapy by collecting tropical souvenirs.

If you are already excited to plan a trip to the most beautiful union territory of India, then think of none other than Andaman Island Travels to make all your bookings. If you are in the planning stage of your vacation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all your bookings. A well-known and trusted tour agency, it is located in Port Blair and is committed to help you in planning the holiday of your dreams as per your budget and requirements. Whether it is your accommodation, any adventure activity that you want to do, or hire a car, it will take care of all your needs in the best way possible.

Andaman Island Travels is there to take care of all your ferry ticket bookings in the Andaman Islands. The local tour operator is the one-stop destination for all your transfer requirements when you are vacationing here. It will book all your ferry tickets instantly so that you don’t have to go through any hassle. Its ferry booking services for inter-island connectivity in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands would make your trip absolutely smooth. It will provide you confirmed tickets of ferries for destinations like Port Blair to Havelock Island, Neil Island, Ross Island, North Bay, Red Skin, Jolly Buoy, Elephant beach, etc. It is a single platform for all ferry and boat tickets, and confirmed tickets are booked instantly from various ferry operators. Just let its team know your decided dates and destinations. And if you are confused about which ferry would be the best for you, then you can always ask them. The staff would be more than happy to help you in making your Andaman Islands trip an unforgettable one.

Are you visiting the Andaman Islands? Have you made bookings for hotels and now looking for a reliable vehicle for airport transfers? Be absolutely relaxed! Andaman Island Travels is the best platform to book a car for your airport/hotel transfers or sightseeing on the island. The pre-arranged transportation will be provided to you between the airport and your final destination, whether it is a hotel, cruise port, or another local point of interest.

After COVID-19 hit the whole world, the travel and hospitality industries are the worst affected. That’s why to bring things back to a certain level of normalcy, the companies coming under these two domains are being extra cautious. The highest level of sanitisation and social distancing parameters are being followed by tour operators that are making all your accommodation and transfer bookings. Located in Port Blair, Andaman Island Travels is a trustworthy company that is committed to take care of its guests as soon as they land here.

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