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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Know All About Exploring Neil Islands

Know All About Exploring Neil Islands
Date : 01 Jun 2021
Categories: Travel Guide

Neil Island (renamed to Shaheed Dweep) is popular for its superb biodiversity, uncharted coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and tropical woodlands. If you want to spend some peaceful time in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then it should be your one-stop destination. With an area of only 13.7 square kilometers and the flat landscape, you can travel across Neil Island in a bicycle with minimal effort. It is soothingly different from its neighboring Havelock Island owing to its laid-back vibes and lucid charm.

If you are willing to spend a relaxed time amid long secluded beaches, then Neil Island is best suited for you. It has a little bustle and a few enthralling activities to try. You can also explore the island’s villages. Neil Island is the Andaman Islands’ rustic masterpiece where you can spend quality time at its serene beaches as well as indulge in water sports in the crystal clear water.

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Important things to know about Neil Island

This tiny and beautiful island is located 37 kilometers south of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Neil Island is also known as the vegetable bowl of the Andaman Islands as its land is ideal for the cultivation of fruits and vegetables owing to great climatic conditions.

You can reach Port Blair from Neil Island in 1.5 hours and to Havelock Island is 45 minutes via private ferries. From Neil, you can reach Port Blair, Havelock Island, and Rangat by government ferries as well.

The internet is not available on the island. You can find a patchy BSNL data network on the phone if you are lucky!

Neil Island has mainly three seasons- summer, winter, and monsoon. It experiences heavy winds during the monsoon and a tropical climate otherwise due to its location in the Bay of Bengal. The best weather can be seen from early November to mid-May.

There are only two ATMs (Syndicate Bank and Cooperative Bank) in Neil Island, and both are in the bazaar.  

There is no broadband connection on the island. A patchy data network is sometimes available on phone. Only BSNL network is available here.

The island has only one primary healthcare center. One has to travel to Port Blair for any specialty healthcare.
The efficient Andaman and Nicobar Police take care of the discipline department in the union territory of Andaman. You can get in touch with them in case of an emergency.

The small market of Neil Island comprises little shops selling all essential commodities ranging from stationary to common medicines and simple clothing to groceries. The best in the market are fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, most of the fruits and vegetables in Port Blair are from here. In the evening, this part is the busiest part of the town. Visit this place to get a glimpse of the local chatty culture on the island.

Hindi is the most commonly spoken language in Neil Island. Bengali is also spoken largely here. English is the least preferred language.
Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair is the closest airport to Neil Island. The only jetty on the island is the jetty at Bharatpur Beach, and this is where all private and government ships dock.

How to reach Neil Island?

The capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Port Blair, is well-connected via flights. Direct flights are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. You can opt any of the following options to reach Neil Island:

Ferry to Neil Island- There are government ferries plying from Port Blair to Neil Island. Every day, two ferries leave in the morning.
Ferry from Rangat- Daily ferry service is available from Rangat.

Private Boat- There are two private boat service providers, Makruzz and Ocean Green, that have scheduled and private departures for Neil Island.

Things to do in Neil Island:

Go for 3 Point Tour

Going on this tour will take you to three natural wonders of Neil Island. A trip to Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, and Laxmanpur are included in the 3 point tour. You start by visiting either the natural rock formation or Bharatpur Beach. You end the day with a lovely view of the sunset at the gorgeous Lakshmanpur Beach. If you are spending only one day in Neil Island, then it is a perfect way to explore the island. You can also combine it with the sunrise beach aka Sitapur Beach.

Meet turtles

Neil Island’s untouched beauty makes it a perfect nesting ground for the marine turtles. Head to Sir Hugh Rose Island if you want to see these amazing creatures. They are found in abundance there. Located at the tip of Neil Island, this tiny island is often known as Small Neil in the local language. You will need permits to visit there as it is a protected region.

Try scuba diving and snorkeling

In India, Andaman Island is the best place that provides scuba diving experience and certification courses. Of all the places, Neil Island has the most advanced scuba diving facilities. The crystal clear water of its beaches makes the underwater sighting even easier. The experience of scuba diving at Neil Island is a memorable one. The underwater marine life surrounds you so closely that you can literally touch it (but you are not supposed to!). If you are lucky, then you can spot a Dugong (sea cow), the state animal of the Andaman Islands. The resorts on this island offer scuba training and gear lending as per your requirements.

Enjoy the best ride on a glass floor boat

Neil Island is famous for glass-bottom boating. This activity is perfect for those who do not wish to go underwater. The Bharatpur Beach here is known for the beautiful and colorful coral formation. That’s why the population of fishes is more here. This beach is a must-visit on this island owing to the coral population. The place is a popular spot for fishing and angling as well.

Go Trekking

Trekking to Howrah Bridge is something that invites all adrenaline junkies to Neil Island. It is among the most popular things to do here. Resembling a bridge, Howrah Bridge is an arch-like structure. Trekkers reach its tip that goes through a small artificial garden and a muddy path. Let us warn you in advance that the route to the bridge is closed during the monsoon season.

Enjoy lazy time at the loveliest beaches  

Some of the prettiest beaches in Andamans are located in Neil Island. The scenic beaches boast of white sands and uninterrupted views of the clear blue skies. During monsoon, the sight changes entirely as the sky becomes way too dramatic.

The most popular beaches of Neil Island are:
Sitapur Beach
Bharatpur Beach
Lakshmanpur Beach
Sir Hugh Rose Island
Natural Rock Formation
You can book your stay nearby Lakshmanpur or Sitapur beach at a fancy resort.
Explore the island on a 2-wheeler or bicycle
Roads in Neil Island are very easy to ride as there are no sharp curves or elevations. It is navigation friendly, and thus you can easily cycle or ride through the island. It would be a great adventure! You can rent mopeds from the jetty. Moreover, many resorts have their own cycles and motorbikes available for rent.

Where to stay in Neil Island?

Neil Island as emerged as a fantastic tourist destination in the Andaman Islands. Several luxury resorts have sprung up over the last few years that offer excellent facilities for all kinds of guests. The island features affordable and basic huts along with lavish resorts that resonate with the warmth of tropical vibes, stunning views, and contemporary settings.  

Budget stays are available at Sitapur Beach and Bharatpur Beach ranging from Rs. 500 to Rs. 800. For mid-range rooms with AC, the price tariff ranges from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 3000. One has to pay Rs. 5000 and more for luxury hotels with swimming pools and fabulous views.

Top Hotels & Resorts in Neil Island:

The scenic beaches of this island boast of white sands and uninterrupted views of the clear blue skies. Some of the best properties are as follows:
Elephant & four wise men resort
Break Water Resort
KP Lodge
Jayanthi Lodge
Vacation Village
Sunset Garden Resort
Moon shine garden resort
Hotel Sarthak Residency
Nirala Resort
Pearl Park Beach Resort
Tango Beach Resort
TSG Aura
Hotel Amullya
Kingfisher Hotel
Coco N Hut Resort
Holiday Inn Neil Island
Sea Shell Resort
Summer Sand Beach Resort
Silver Sand Beach Resort

How long to stay in Neil Island?

It is tough to specify a timeline for Neil Island owing to its secluded beauty. On their way back to Port Blair from Havelock Island, tourists will little time in their hands visit this place for one day. The island has laid-back vibes and natural enthusiasts and backpackers come here for a longer duration and stay for weeks.      

How much will it cost per day in Neil Island?

Neil Island is a popular backpacker destination. It has developed as a tourist destination in recent years with all the investment by entrepreneurs in the island. If you are looking for an extravagant resort experience during your beach vacation, then Neil Island is a great place. A budget-friendly location having basic restaurants and other facilities, this island would be a great addition to your travel diaries. It depends on the kind of accommodation if you want to know how much does it cost in one day. Hotel tariffs begin from as low as Rs. 500 per day.     

Local transport in Neil Island

A little island, it is very easy to navigate in Neil Island. The roads are flat and well-built, thus making it perfect to ride a moped or a bicycle. If ever you are unsure about the directions, then you can ask the friendly locals.  

The following are the ways by which you can get around Neil Island:

Bus- A local bus plies every hour. It starts from the main bazaar and goes till Sitapur Beach.
Bike and bicycles- Popular and preferred among tourists, bikes and bicycles are affordable here. You can find them at the jetty. You can also ask for the same at the property where you are staying. There are several resorts that have their own vehicles for renting purposes.

Autos- Autos are a great option if you are visiting the island for a short time. You can get them from the jetty and market area.

Car rentals- The best and the most comfortable way to get around Neil Island is renting a car. It is suited for everyone including families and group travellers. Private chauffeured AC cars are also available for rent. They are most of the time overbooked as they are limited in number. Thus, it is advised to book a car or hire a scooter in Neil Island in advance.

Where to eat in Neil Island?

There are a number of eating places ranging in Neil Island. Therefore, you will get to choose from many options. To relish the local and authentic food, try out these places across the island. We have covered the best food outlets on the island. These are the most visited places. We have also mentioned their USP so that choosing any one of them becomes easier for you depending on your mood. Check out the best restaurants in Neil Island below:

Best restaurants & food outlets in Neil Island:
1. Hungry Stone Restaurant- Good for groups
2. Seashell Restaurant- Have some finger-licking seafood
3. Ripon Sea foods- Mouthwatering seafood
4. Yatri Dhaba- Taste at affordable prices
5. Full Moon Café- Great seafood restaurant
6. Dugong Restaurant- For a relaxed atmosphere
7. Sea Zaika- Famous among both, locals and tourists

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