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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Chatham Saw Mill

Chatham Saw Mill
Date : 04 Aug 2021

To have a look at the rustic beauty of the pre-independence days, you should go and see Chatham Saw Mill in Port Blair. The mill was set up in 1883 by the British administration. It is a popular wood processor in Asia. The saw mill is one of the top places to see in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is the biggest and oldest sawmill not only in the country but also in the whole of Asia. Holding a great value in the Indian history, the saw mill is owned by the forest department. It is counted among the top places to visit in the capital town.

Port Blair is the entryway to the rich expanse of beauty and serenity that the islands have to offer. Here, you can visit various museums, and explore flora and fauna along with the rich marine life. Along with that, when in Port Blair, you can know about the significant history of India by visiting a place like Chatham Saw Mill. The months from November to March are the best time to visit the mill. Between June and September is the monsoon season. However, light showers can be expected even during other seasons in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

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Provides timber to furniture units and other industries across the world, Chatham Saw Mill is known for building the largest production of timber with raw materials that are procured from the forest of Chatham Island. There is a museum inside the mill that offers a glimpse into the history of this island along with its diverse biodiversity. A wonderful collection of wood-work and carvings depicting the perfection in craftsmanship is showcased at the mill. Don’t forget to include Chatham Saw Mill in your travel itinerary when you are in Port Blair.

Constructed in the nineteenth century, Chatham Saw Mill is the oldest sawmill in Asia. The museum here has photographs of different phases the mill has witnessed. Producing nearly 20000 logs every year, the mill generates employment to nearly 800 people in the local community. 

There are a number of good eateries and restaurants located near Chatham Saw Mill. So when you are free from there and want to eat something delicious, you can go ahead and try the following spots:

  • Amaya: Specialties include Indian, Seafood, and Asian. It is located 2.2 kilometers from the mill.
  • Milkyway: Serves Indian and fast food. Located at a distance of 1.4 kilometers from the saw mill
  • Annapurna: Serves Indian and Asian. Located at a distance of 3 kilometers
  • New Lighthouse Restaurant: Located three kilometers away and serves delectable seafood
  • Cafe Rebel: 2.2 kilometers away from Chatham Saw Mill, it serves international cuisine like American cuisine.



The majority of the tourists visit Port Blair as a port of transit to other islands but the capital city has so much to offer than it has been credited for. The place has it all ranging from historical museums to water sports. One such incredible place is Chatham Saw Mill.

The colonial regime built Chatham Saw Mill was constructed in 1883 in order to meet the local requirement of timber for construction work. Huge quantities of timber was later started getting exported by the British for meeting the needs of London, New York, and several other cities. However, later during the years of Japanese rule, the islands were invaded by the rulers and these were bombed in 1942. That led to the collapsing of the saw mill.

The island was reclaimed after World War 2 and at that time, Chatham Saw Mill witnessed its rebirth. Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, along with various Indian states settled in the islands. They increased the timber producing capacity of the mill. At present, the mill is a storehouse, which is probably the biggest one for different varieties of wood. For the government as well as private agencies, Chatham Saw Mill functions as the major source of timber.

  • Timing: Tourists can take a tour of the Chatham Saw Mill in the first half of the day—8 am to 2:30 pm. It is open on all days except on Sundays and public holidays.
  • Time required: You will need a couple of hours to see the whole place.
  • Entry fees: Rs. 10 per head and Rs. 50 for a tour with a guide

Things to do in/near Chatham Saw Mill

One can choose to indulge in various activities in and around the same area as Chatham Saw Mill. Travellers can indulge in the following:

  • Visiting and learning the historical importance of Cellular jail, followed by attending the entertaining light show there
  • Wildlife spotting at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
  • Relaxing, swimming, or sipping a beer or two at Corbyn’s Cove Beach
  • Paying a visit to Port Blair’s famous church—Roman Catholic Church
  • Visiting museums located close to Chatham Saw Mill 

Nearby hotels


Some of the best properties near Chatham Saw Mill are mentioned below:

  • TSG Emerald View
  • Peerless Resort Port Blair
  • Lemon Tree Hotel
  • Hotel GKM Grand
  • Sinclairs Bay View
  • Sea Shell Coral Cove
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Ripple Resort
  • Hotel Shompen
  • Hotel King Safire
  • J Hotel
  • Ami Grace
  • Hotel Horizon Hues
  • Sea Hills Hotels & Resorts
  • Sun Sea Resort

How to reach

  • From Port Blair: Located very close to the capital town, Chatham Saw Mill is just at a distance of eleven kilometers. You can take any public transport, mainly a bus, to reach there. Two-wheelers can be rented or a cab can be hired easily in case you want to commute via a private mode of transport.
  • From Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep): Government as well as private ferries run between Port Blair and Havelock Island. You can take any kind of ferry to first reach the capital town and then hire a local cab to reach the saw mill. You can also hire a two-wheeler in Port Blair at pocket-friendly charges.

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