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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Guitar Island at Rangat Island

Guitar Island at Rangat Island
Date : 19 Oct 2021

Guitar Island is one of the most exquisite but uninhabited islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a gorgeous destination about which not many people know. If you want to enjoy a stunning day trip from the main island, then this place is your best bet. It is known for its brilliant blue water and tropical greens everywhere. 

As many as 38 islands out of a total of 572 pristine islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are permanently uninhabited. These islands are mostly visited by those tourists, who like to explore offbeat destinations that are away from the crowd of tourists. 

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Highlights of Guitar Island, Rangat Island

Guitar Island is one of the hidden gem of the Andamans. It is a small patch of green in the cobalt blue waters of Indian Ocean, and is in the shape of a guitar. An aerial view reveals that the island looks exactly like a guitar from the top, complete with a sound hole of water in the middle. It also has the long neck and the headstock. 

Highlights of Guitar Island, Rangat Island

Overview of Guitar Island, Rangat Island

You should target low tide time if you want to take a leisurely stroll along the sand bars to Guitar Island. You can know whether it is low tide or high tide at that time from the boatmen at the Long Island jetty. 

Make sure that you do not litter Guitar Island by throwing plastics or food leftovers. The Andaman Government takes every possible step to maintain these natural treasures, and as tourists, it’s your duty to help its efforts.

If you want to enjoy seclusion at a beautiful setting far from the hustle and bustle of the city life, then visit Guitar Island that is an exotic destination. 

Overview of Guitar Island, Rangat Island

Things to do in Guitar Island, Rangat Island

The best thing to do on Guitar Island is to cherish the lovely ambiance. Readers can read a book there in peace. Photographers will find unlimited opportunities to capture the beauty of this secluded island. Take a stroll along the sandy beach and collect beautiful seashells. Relax on the soft sand and look at the fishing boats at a distance. Enjoy the surging and crashing of waves while dipping your feet in the azure water of the ocean.

You can also enjoy swimming on the island as the water is perfect here. The sea is not very deep and is ideal for a good swimming session. Soak yourself in the beauty of this less-frequented place in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and make the best of your holidays. 

Places to See Nearby Guitar Island, Rangat Island

You can see another small island from Guitar Island. It is known as Small Guitar Island. When the tides are high, the gap between both the islands gets covered with seawater. And when the tide ebbs, sandbanks are left between connecting the two. You can go to that island as well. Simply ask your boatman to take you there. It is much smaller and looks more or less like Guitar Island, but is still an incredible place to see when you are in Rangat Island.

You can also go to Long Island from where you have to catch your ferry to Guitar Island. It is a gorgeous tourist destination where you can have a great time. At Lalaji Bay Beach on Long Island, tourists often indulge in beach camping. You can also travel to Havelock Island that is considered one of the best places to see in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

Best time to visit in Guitar Island, Rangat Island

One can visit Guitar Island at any time of the year, except for the monsoon season. There is rainfall between July and September. The schedules of the boats are dependable on weather. Moreover, you will not be able to enjoy at the beach when it is raining.

The best time to visit Guitar Island is during the autumn-winter-spring stretch, which is from October to March. On an average, the temperature ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Thus, the weather remains mild and pleasant at this time. Summers are also fine here except for the long boat journies as the raging sun may leave you uncomfortable.

There are no accommodations at the Guitar Island. Thus, you cannot stay there at night. You will have to come back to Long Island while there is still light. It would be safer as sea journey in the dark will not be a favorable experience.

How to Reach Guitar Island, Rangat Island

You can reach Guitar Island from Long Island via a dinghy boat that is nearly 90 kilometers far from Port Blair, the capital town. There are three-four ways to reach Long Island that are mentioned below:

From Port Blair to Long Island jetty, there are boats on alternate days. Thus, you can avail the waterway route at least three days of the week. These boats sail via Neil Island and Havelock Island on their way to Long Island. However, this option has the problem of uncertainty. Before finalizing any plan, you have to visit the official website of Andaman Island Tourism to see whether the boat is available on the day you want to travel. The schedules are tentative and are subject to change at short notice even then owing to adverse weather conditions, etc. If you are travelling in a big group from Port Blair, then hire private boats as there is not any risk then.

The second way to reach there is by taking a bus to Rangat and then a boat from Yeratta Jetty to Long Island. If you choose this option, then you have to take the early morning bus at 4:30 am from Port Blair. The journey to Rangat is eight-hour long. You will have to stay at night in Rangat if you taken an evening bus from Port Blair. You can catch the boat for Long Island at 9 am.

To reach Guitar Island from Long Island, you have to take a fibre boat or a speed boat (takes around twenty minutes to reach). You can pick any one as per your budget and convenience.

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