Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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Guitar Island in Rangat Island

Guitar Island in Rangat Island
Date : 07 Jul 2021
Categories: Travel Guide

Location

Affiliated to the Middle Andaman group of islands, Rangat was established in 2006 as a tourist center after the establishment of Baratang. It is situated at a distance of 200 kms from the capital city of Port Blair. If you are curious about how to reach the place, then you can avail the jetty service from Port Blair or the private speedboats. You can also avail the bus service which takes around 5-6 hours to reach. There are cabs for your convenience as well.

Culture

The level of awareness about things that are problematic in the world might shock you here. People have realized that even though tourism as an industry exists they cannot abuse it. This led to the growing cry for eco-tourism in Rangat. There are eco-huts and Mangrove Nature walkway that have been built to inculcate in people the understanding of finer things in life. Since people are from different social backgrounds the level of respect for boundaries is immense.

People

Even though most people are unaware, the demography of Rangat is pretty heterogeneous. There are people who have shifted from Tamil Nadu and Kerala and there are people who have taken off from West Bengal. People are pretty hardworking there and they earn their livelihood either in the capacity of a fisherman or as a cultivator of farm produce. Other people anticipating the establishment of a tourism spot have opened eateries and hospitality initiatives. They are a welcoming bunch and often travelers out of their curiosity have asked the fishermen and the cultivators their trade secrets and have not been let down.

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Reasons to visit Rangat Island

Not visiting Rangat Island right now would be a foolish thing especially because the business in the place hasn’t taken off yet. This means you get top-notch services at really cut-price deals. Also given its natural beauty, there is no need for further advertisement. If one doesn’t want to visit Rangat despite its aesthetic it’s that person’s loss. There is no shortage when it comes to food choices because Rangat offers concoctions of your favorite seafood along with commonplace dishes that one might like. Language won’t be a problem either because there are people from all over India residing there.

Beaches in Rangat Island

There are so many beaches both accounted and unaccounted in Rangat island that quantifying them is a useless exercise. There is the Raman Bagheecha Beach which has been earmarked by couples for their romantic getaways. There is the Amkunj Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Islands, known for its stone cold appearance and vintage feel. There is the Cuthbert Bay beach famous for turtle nesting spots during the beginning and the end of the year and obviously there is the Lalaji Bay beach which is a comprehensive vacationing spot for people of all ages. The assortment of beaches entail, that every person is sure to find his favourite from this wide array.

Guitar Island

One of the very less frequented islands of Andaman, this island is in the shape of a guitar. If you take a Trip to Guitar Island from Long Island Andaman Islands, you are sure to be flabbergasted by the hauntingly beautiful environment. During the times of a low tide, the island gets connected to other islands around it. There is a similarly shaped island opposite the guitar island and it is named as the small guitar island. The island is left alone to its own fate and that is one of the reasons as to why it is so beautiful. Any natural landscape without human interference is bound to bloom.

Activities in Guitar island

There won’t be anyone to police you, such is the isolated nature of the place. You can wear whatever you are comfortable with, carry a book or a speaker and let yourself go. With nature gallivanting and prancing around you, visit the island before the sun reaches its zenith and expose yourself to the bounty of nature. The tranquilizing ambience will rid you of your troubles while you are surrounded by it. The Guitar island is quintessentially for people who want to go off the radar or for people seeking direction in life.

Experience at Guitar island

The magical experience begins from the dunghi ride from Long Island and stays with you till you breathe. The guitar island speaks to the soul like an ascetic, with a sedating murmur of wind and rustling of leaves and the break of waves. People have often stayed back for unaccounted hours or have wandered aimlessly. The amount of freedom and beauty or rather the combination of it in unparalleled in any other place. Avid readers have often taken a corner or a shade and enjoyed perusing through a decent piece of fiction and forgotten the cares and worries of the world.

How to visit Guitar island

The island can be reached from Havelock and as well as Long Island. The island is 163kms away from the capital of Port Blair. One can choose either bus or a ferry to reach the place. After reaching Rangat from Port Blair on a bus you can take another bus to the Yerrata jetty. The jetty will carry you to Long Island near Rangat Island Andaman Islands, from where you can reach Guitar Island on a small boat called the dunghi.

From Havelock Island you ought to take a government run ferry that operates on every alternate day. The ferry starts at Port Blair and takes a small stop at Havelock. On reaching the guitar island a three-minute walk is sure to take you closer to the vanilla sands of the beach.

There are no accommodations if you are looking for one so one needs to stay at Long Island. There are however decent restaurants around. The Blue Planet will offer you different seafood based cuisines but if you have a soft corner for north Indian food then Laxmi Hotel should be the go to place. There is a place called the Corner bar which sells sodas and drinks.

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