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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Kalipur Beach at Diglipur Island

Kalipur Beach at Diglipur Island
Date : 14 Oct 2021

Located behind the tranquil village of Kalipur, you can easily reach Kalipur Beach by taking a local bus from the main Diglipur bazaar. It is majorly popular for observing turtle nesting and that too four different species of sea turtles (Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawksbill, and Green Turtles) who come here to nest their eggs. The government has built a hatchery there for this purpose. If you are fortunate, then you can see turtles laying their eggs late at night as well as baby turtles being set free into the ocean early in the morning.

Kalipur Beach features volcanic grey colored sand and crystal clear water. It is an ideal place for swimming and snorkeling. Jellyfish are found in abundance here. Owing to sand flies, sunbathing is not recommended. During the time of low tides, the beach appears to be grim dead corals breaking the surface and a few mangrove trees embracing the shore. 

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Kalipur Beach is popular for being a nesting spot for sea turtles for many years now. The locals and tourists are in awe of this natural marvel. In the months from October to March, various species of turtles come to the seashore for laying eggs. If you are lucky enough, then you can witness baby turtles crawling into the ocean early in the morning. One can also spot adult turtles lay eggs at night. Such an extraordinary sight it is.

Some of the common sights at the shore of Kalipur Beach are jellyfish, mangrove plants, and dead corals. Popular for its volcanic grey-colored sand blending smoothly with the overall ambiance, Kalipur Beach emits subtle and soothing vibes. 



Kalipur Beach located in Diglipur is a hidden jewel of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Just behind Kalipur Beach, this serene beach is famous for turtle nesting. It is home to rare species of sea turtles that include Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawk Bill, and Green Turtles. So if you want to see something extraordinary and rare, then Diglipur Beach is your best bet. You can see these rare turtle species as well as their eggs. If you are there at the right time, then you can also witness cute and tiny turtles coming out of their shells and making their way to the ocean. 

Witnessing turtle nesting is an ultimate delight to the eyes. To increase your chances, visit the beach between October and March. However, Diglipur is an all-round year destination in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the weather remains pleasant here throughout the year.

Water sports

Snorkeling: It is a popular water activity that one can enjoy at Kalipur Beach in Diglipur. There are many diving shops that will give you snorkeling gear so that you can enjoy marine life at its best. If you want to witness the rich aquatic world of the Andamans, then go snorkeling as you will be able to explore numerous aquatic creatures, coral, fishes, and endangered species of turtles.

Scuba Diving: Scuba diving is the most sought-after water activity for visitors travelling to Kalipur Beach. Deep down the turquoise waters, you can experience marine life at its best. The best way to witness the colorful submerged world and get close to the marvels of the underwater world is to go for scuba diving in Diglipur. This recreational sport is enjoyed by everyone around the globe and people from different countries visit this splendid island to experience the magic.

With no medical complications if you are in the best of your health, then you are all set to go for scuba diving. At the time of activity, scuba gear will be provided to you, and before diving into the sea, you will have to attend a training session with our expert instructors. The best time for scuba diving at Kalipur Beach is between November and February as the water temperature is the most pleasant during this time period. If you want to avoid any last-minute hassles, then book your scuba diving slot with Andaman Island Travels, which is a well-known travel agency in the Andaman Islands. 

Things to carry for scuba diving

  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Personal medicine kit, if needed

Swimming: Along with enthralling water sports, you can also enjoy it so much while swimming along the seashore. Swimming amidst the magical ambiance of Kalipur Beach relaxes your body as well as your mind and soul. It rejuvenates you completely in so many ways. And in case you don’t want to get into the water, then you can stay at the beach to cherish the most gorgeous sunset in Diglipur. 


Nearby hotels

The best hotels where you can stay while visiting Kalipur Beach in Diglipur are as follows:

  •  Turtle Resort
  • Pristine Beach Resort
  • Saddle Peak View Resort
  • Titlee Guest House
  • APWD Guest House

How to reach

Reach this beach is very easy. Located about eight kilometers from Aerial Bay Jetty (also known as Diglipur Jetty), Kalipur Beach is nearby the two most popular resorts in Diglipur. One can rent a taxi or an auto-rickshaw to reach there. If you are on a budget, then buses are quite economical and they ply every hour. You can also rent a two-wheeler from Diglipur market. It is nearly fifteen kilometers from Kalipur Beach.

Diglipur is located far up in the North Andaman, and is nearly 290 kilometers by road and 180 kilometers by sea from the capital town, Port Blair. You can choose to reach there by road, sea or air. This is the most common travel option. Direct ships are available three-four times every week from Phoenix Bay to Aerial Bay. From here, it is nearly nine kilometers to Diglipur and nine kilometers to Kalipur in the opposite direction. The complete journey takes nearly a total of ten hours and maybe longer sometimes but more comfortable overnight sails are also available. You can book your tickets at the Phoenix Bay office or at the administration block by ‘the Dolphin roundabout’ in Diglipur.

Happy travelling!

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