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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Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail
Date : 03 Aug 2021

The capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is famous for the historic Cellular Jail that was built by the Britishers in ten years. It was constructed as solitary confinement for Indian political prisoners. This was the most dreaded and grueling colonial jail, which was also referred to as Kala Pani. It has witnessed the most atrocious punishments imposed on innumerable freedom fighters of India. Open to the public as a national memorial, you can see the whole place soaking in the misery and pain of the revolutionaries. You can climb the stairs, walk through the corridors, get inside the cells, and see the gallows where executions were done by hanging. 

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At present, the entrance block of the national memorial houses freedom fighters photos and an exhibition gallery on the ground floor. An art gallery (Netaji Gallery) and a library on the Indian freedom movement are on the first floor of the building. Galleries on the first war of independence and another one displaying a rare collection of old photographs are also on the premises. In memory of all freedom fighters and martyrs, there is an eternal Flame “Freedom-Swatantrya Jyot” that has been erected in the vicinity of the jail. 


Timings for Cellular Jail and Jail Museum: 9 am to 5 pm (Open all days except national holidays)


  • Entry Fee: Rs. 30
  • Still Camera: Rs. 200
  • Video Camera: Rs. 1000
  • Film shooting per day with prior permission: Rs. 10,000

Address: Atlanta Point, Port Blair, Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 744104, India


The Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail is a must-see when in Port Blair. Son-et-Lumiere (Sound and Light Show) presents the saga of the heroic freedom struggle. The entry fee for kids is Rs. 25 and for adults, it is Rs. 50. Along with the language (Hindi or English), you can also choose any of the following timings to watch the one-hour show:

  • 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm
  • 06:45 pm to 07:45 pm
  • 08:00 pm to 09:00 pm 


The construction of Cellular Jail began in 1896 and was completed in 1906. This unique three-storied structure was the first of its kind in India. Spread as seven spokes of a bicycle wheel, it had 693 cells specially built for solitary confinement of the prisoners. The front of the row of cells faced the back of the other. Thus, there was a complete absence of communication between prisoners housed in different wings. 

Near the entrance of the jail, a two-storied building on the left side was built to be used as the hospital. The Martyr's Column now stands on the plinth of this building. At the right side of the main entrance near the compound wall, there are gallows where three persons could be executed simultaneously. There was a separate door in the outer compound wall to carry the corpses.

Cellular Jail imprisoned many freedom revolutionaries of India. Savarkar brothers, Babu Ram Hari, Pandit Parmanand, Ullaskar Dutt, Bhai Parmanand, Prithvi Singh Azad, Trailokyanath Chakravarthy, etc. were incarcerated here among many others. Many charismatic freedom fighters involved in Alipore Bomb case, Lahore Conspiracy Case, Inter-Provincial Conspiracy Case, etc. were also brought to this jail under long terms of imprisonment.


Water Sports 

There is no water sport available at Cellular Jail. However, there is Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex nearby and you can try your hand at the following exciting water sports there:

  • Jet Ski Ride
  • Banana Ride
  • Sofa Ride
  • Parasailing
  • Kayaking
  • Glass Bottom Boat


Nearby Hotels 

Cellular Jail is a major attraction in Port Blair and there are a number of hotels located nearby. Some of them are as follows:

  • Blue Bridge Home
  • Ross View Hotels and Resorts
  • Andaman Vacations Home
  • J Hotel
  • Raja Monsoon Villa
  • Hotel Sea View
  • Hotel Royal Palace
  • Atlanta Cottage
  • Deer Park Homotel
  • NH Regency 
  • Kevins
  • Sunnyvale Andaman
  • Hotel Aqua Breeze
  • Guru International
  • Hotel Serene Palace


Nearby Places To Eat 

There are various good restaurants near Cellular Jail. Some of the best ones are as follows:

  • Icy Spicy - a vegetarian restaurant specializing in Indian and Chinese cuisines
  • New Lighthouse Restaurant - popular for its mouth-watering seafood dishes
  • Fortune Resort Bay Island - a high-end restaurant known for its great hospitality 
  • Ananda Multi-cuisine Restaurant - specializing in seafood and Indian cuisine 

How To Reach

Located in Port Blair, Cellular Jail is easily accessible. Just about 7.8 km from the center of Port Blair via RGT Road, it is located in a very good area. To reach there, you can either hire a cab or take any local transport like taxi, auto, bus, tuk-tuk rickshaw, and minibus. You can also easily hire two-wheelers and cycles in Port Blair. However, travelling via a cab is the most recommended option. Cellular Jail is well-connected and once you are here, you can visit other tourist hotspots as well. 

Best Time To Visit

The Andaman Islands are known for their warm and pleasant tropical climate round the year. Thus, you can visit this paradise at any time of the year. April to June is the summer season here and the weather is sunny. So this is the perfect time to visit Cellular Jail if you don’t mind sweating a bit. The duration from June to November is the rainy season here. Generally, it is the offseason here and it is quite secluded at this time of the year. Hotels and resorts offer great discounts during this period and thus, it is also the cheapest time to visit the island. You can travel to the Andamans at this time if you are not scared of getting a little drenched in the rain. The most popular season to visit Cellular Jail is the winter season—from November to March. The climate is not too hot and is quite pleasant for tourists to explore the whole place. 


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