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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Interview Island at Mayabunder Island

Interview Island at Mayabunder Island
Date : 18 Oct 2021

An island of the Andaman Islands, Interview Island belongs to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district. It lies 125 kilometers north of Port Blair, the capital town. Interview Island is home to rare and exotic species and thus, it is an incredible sightseeing spot in Mayabunder. Here, you can have a look at the attractive flora and fauna, colorful wildlife, azure waters giving a glimpse of the rich marine life. While trekking, you can also witness elephants trumpeting in the thick forests. Along with that, the greenery and the tropical breeze would be an unforgettable and blissful experience. Interview Island is a fun-filled tourist destination, especially for adventure lovers. They can go for a jungle trek along the island. In 1985, the Interview Island Sanctuary was established for protecting 80-90 untamed elephants that were brought here from the mainland for timber works but later abandoned. Photographers can find a number of gorgeous landscapes to capture in their cameras. 

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Climatic conditions

There is a tropical climate with perpetually humid weather conditions at Interview Island. The summer season is very hot and humid. The monsoon season is quite long there is no winter in the scenario. One can visit the island throughout the year as the weather conditions are soothing and mild. However, November to April is in general the best time to visit Interview Island and make the most of your beach vacation in the Andaman Islands.


The wildlife sanctuary in Interview Island was set up in 1985 for the protection of elephants. Visiting this island is one of the best things to do in Interview Island if you have come to the Andamans to watch wildlife. Semi-evergreen, littoral forests and mangroves cover the sanctuary area. It is home to varied species of plants, birds, and animals. Night trips to Interview Island Mayabunder are not allowed by the forest department for protecting this marvelous wildlife sanctuary. There are visit timings in the day and you have to take special permission from the office of the forest department for a day trip. 

Interview Island in Mayabunder is the hotspot of wildlife in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Rich in fauna and flora, this island is sure to charm you with its scenic beauty. Check out the top things to do in Interview Island.

The largest island sanctuary in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Interview Island Wildlife Sanctuary is the main attraction of this Indian union territory. It was built in the year 1985 for the protection of elephants along with flora and fauna in order to maintain a balance in the picturesque beauty around. If you are someone who wants to enjoy nature and wildlife at their best, then it is a must-visit for you.


Things to do

Viewing elephants: Tourists can take a day trip to Interview Island via local boats. They can hike to natural springs to see wild elephants near an old logging camp. It is one of the places where you can still see the wild Asiatic elephants roaming around freely. Experiencing this will be a great addition to your travel journeys. 

Along with elephants, one can also spot a plenty of creatures such as spotted dear, wild pig, three-stripped palm squirrel, etc. The sanctuary is home to all of them and is a pleasant spot for photography as well. A heaven for bird lovers, the Interview Island Wildlife Sanctuary hosts ornithologists from across the globe every year. 

Trekking: Interview Island Mayabunder is blessed with the magnanimous presence of many marvelous hills and lush green forests that makes it ideal for trekking. It is one of the most sought-after enthralling activities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is also known as backpacking, or bushwalking, or hiking. The best time to trek in here is between the months of November and April. The island is appreciated by day hikers looking for romantic getaways with nature as well as experienced trekkers willing to explore the magnanimous bounties of Mother Nature. Hiking here is a lifetime experience for everyone. Everyone, who is a nature enthusiast and loves its wonderful marvels, is bound to have a memorable time trekking in Interview Island. 


It is not allowed to stay at Interview Island. You have to go and come back on the same day. You will have to book your stay at a hotel in Mayabunder. Some of the best accommodations are as follows:

  • Blue Bird Resort
  • Hotel Aashna
  • RG Hotel
  • Hotel Landfall
  • Sea and Sand 
  • APWD Guest House 

These hotel properties in Mayabunder are very basic, hygienic, and a few provide sea views as well. Guests, who have stayed at these hotels, have enjoyed a comfortable and safe stay and also provided good reviews. It is recommended that you make your hotel booking in advance.

Moreover, you have to obtain permission from the chief wildlife warden as well to visit this island.

Best time to visit

Interview Island is quite hot in the summer season. Monsoons are long here and there is not as such winter season. Evenings on the island are soothing, especially during the sunset hours. The best time to visit this gorgeous island is from November to April. 


How to reach

One can reach Interview Island by chartering a private fishing Dunghi from the Mayabunder jetty. It will take nearly three hours to reach Interview Island.

If you are interested in hiring cabs for your road trip, then contact none other than the most reliable local tour operator in the islands- Andaman Island Travels. Located in Port Blair, it can provide you AC or a non-AC cab, based on your preference. It will facilitate pickups and drop-offs to all sightseeing places in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can also avail airport pickup and drop-off services. Andaman Island Travels is a reliable name when it comes to making all the bookings anywhere in Andamans. Its experienced operators will take care of all your reservations exactly as per your requirements.

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