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 Parrot Island: A Delight For Bird Watchers

Know All About Exploring Parrot Island: A Delight For Bird Watchers
Date : 20 Oct 2020
Categories: Travel Guide

Welcome to the abode of parrots! A must-see for nature lovers, bird watchers, and enthusiasts, Parrot Island is a little piece of heaven where beautiful parakeets make a cacophony and come and leave the island during sunsets. This is the highlight of this unique island. It is considered as one of the most gorgeous islands in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Offering a magnificent view of the vast sea while taking a boat ride, Parrot Island is naturally inhabited by thousands of parrots. It is secluded and is surely a visual treat for nature lovers.

Forming a part of the Baratang Island in the Indian union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Parrot Island is considered as one of the most beautiful islands. This uninhabited island is a bird paradise and is naturally inhabited by thousands of parrots. Nature lovers and enthusiasts never miss to include this in their travel itinerary. Along with that, the island also presents a splendid view of the vast sea while taking a boat ride.

About Parrot Island

The island is counted among the most fantastic islands located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a part of Baratang Island. It is well-connected via road that gives you an option to travel by car or bus and take NH233 towards Diglipur, positioned 30 kilometers from Baratang Jetty. It is a great destination where you can witness different species of birds that includes many rare species as well. Parrot Island in Andaman Island has proved to be a wonderful holiday destination for everyone- families, friends, couples, and solo travellers.

The entire Parrot Island is surrounded by dense Mangrove forests that are home to a number of birds. You will come across amazing varieties of birds once you step into the forest. You will be transported to a different world. This mangrove forest stands as the perfect place of wilderness. The more you will go inside the forest, the more you will like to explore it. During sunsets, you will find that the birds start returning to their homes. The whole setting will look out of a fairytale. If you are carrying a camera, you should capture this precious moment. It will be a lifetime achievement for you and your companion.

How to reach Parrot Island?

You first have to arrive at Baratang Jetty that is at a distance of 30 kilometers. The small dinghy boat ride to the parrot paradise takes about half an hour. The water around the mangroves is said to have saltwater crocodiles. Thus, you must keep your hands off when you are in the boat. The nearest airport to Parrot Island is in Port Blair, the capital city. You can take a bus or car on NH233 towards Diglipur Island.

What you can see and do in Parrot Island?

While in the Andaman Islands if you want to have a completely unique experience, then you have to visit Parrot Island for sure. This tiny paradise will meet your desires for spending an unforgettable trip. Along with being an absolute bliss for bird lovers, it is also an exotic location that is to various species of birds. If you are a bird lover, then you should not miss the chance to explore this paradise of birds. This destination brings you very close to nature. You can always plan a trip with your friends and family to this place. This article will help you in knowing all the important details about visiting Parrot Island.

Birding paradise and its legends- Parrot Island is not less than a paradise for bird watchers. The locals of Baratang said that a group of five parrots visit the island every evening for inspection of the place. After an interval of around ten minutes, a huge number of parrots come and settles down in the mangrove forest. The island is very famous for offering great opportunities for bird watching. You can come across various rare bird species when you visit this place. The soothing whistles of the bird will take you to a world away from all the worries and stress. So while you are there, you can spot some of the most gorgeous birds and click their beautiful photographs.

On Parrot Island, you can indulge yourself in various exciting activities that you can opt for when you plan your vacation in the Andaman Islands. Your journey to this island is going to be amazingly adventurous!

Boating- The boat ride to and fro from the island offers a magical view of the mangroves to tourists. They can also see the delightful view of hundreds of parakeets hovering over the forest. Best for capturing a beautiful scene! Isn’t it?

Mangrove Forest- An interesting fact about the mangrove forest in Parrot Island is that the parrots visiting the place every day at regular intervals trim it. They use their beaks to do so. Therefore, the forest is always in perfect shape naturally.

Scuba Diving- It is one of the most incredible activities that you can enjoy on Parrot Island. You will be on another level of enthralling adventure. You will come across several types of sea creatures that may swim around you once you get into the water. You can touch them and feed them as well. PADI certified trainers will be there to assist you while you are doing this activity. Scuba diving is something that you should not miss on Parrot Island.

Snorkeling- The serene blue sea of Parrot Island is also perfect for snorkeling. Along with scuba diving, you can go for scuba diving as well. You will have to use specialised equipment to do this exciting water activity. If you have never indulged in this activity before then this is your chance to tick off snorkeling from your bucket list.

Jet Skiing- It is another water sports activity that is mostly preferred by the tourists visiting this island. Local trainers and instructors can teach you the right way to do this activity. One can easily perform this activity in any type of water. You will get an amazing experience after performing this. The best thing is that even non-swimmers can also do it. However, to be on the safer side, you must learn how to float in water, if not swim.

Explore nature- Parrot Island is a natural paradise and exploring natural beauty here should be in everyone’s bucket list, especially if you are a nature lover. If you are tired after all the sightseeing and water activities, then you can just relax on the beach and appreciate the natural beauty of the place. Its charm is hard to describe in words. Easily available on the beach, you can sip fresh and sweet coconut water and enjoy your island vacation.

Places to visit near Parrot Island

After exploring the whole island, you can visit the below-mentioned places that are nearby Parrot Island:

Baratang Island

If you want to do something different and rare that not many people do, then you should keep at least one day for Baratang Island. Known for its natural wonders, the island has impressive and dense mangrove creeks that endow it with unique splendor. The first gateway up north from the capital city, Baratang Island is located between Middle and South Andaman Island. It is approximately 100 kilometers far from Port Blair and thus, you will need a full day to praise its beauty. This popular one-day trip destination features fascinating tidal swamp forests that are hard to see anywhere else. The island is slightly less developed, but still a wonderful natural delight. It is not a major tourist hub because not everyone knows about this hidden gem of Andaman Island. There are no tourist facilities, fancy restaurants or luxury accommodation here.

Limestone Caves

These are highly impressive and one of a kind natural marvel on earth. The caves feature rare stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations.

Sitapur Beach, Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)

It is one of the best beaches to see if you wish to marvel at the changing hues of the sky during sunrise. Located in Neil Island, this beach receives a low tide. It is a stunning and clean beach. It is less crowded as well as not many people know about it. Therefore, going there is a peaceful choice. Due to so many rocks, swimming is not recommended on this beach.

North Bay Beach

Crystal clear cyan colored water with a shallow shoreline surrounds the North Bay Beach. It offers a magnificent underwater view. The beach is white sand and shaded by dense tropical trees with hints of huts and wooden benches to set the mood. You should not get into the water without a guide. It is not allowed as well. This was done for the protection of the visitors from unwanted sea dwellers and protection of the corals from any kind of interference.

Viper Island

If you are a true nature lover and want the much-needed ‘me-time’ surrounded by nature out there, then there is a long list of things that you can do and see in Viper Island. Trust us, the list is more than just lazing around in the beaches, soaking in their natural beauty and appreciate the greenery. You can spend your day sunbathing, swimming, and a lot more.

White sandy beaches, blue-green waters and tropical forests- all this personifies the natural and serene beauty of Parrot Island, which is located in the most beautiful union territory of India. It is the most gorgeous place if we talk about serene destinations in India. No other place can be compared with this stunning island. Whatever you desire for, lazing on the beach or watching birds, this island will offer you with everything. This is also a great place to visit with your partner to start the new chapter of life with your significant other. It attracts lovers from all over the world.

Newlyweds want to go to such places that don’t have crowds and have immense beauty. The tropical weather and vibes of the Andaman Islands make this island a perfect romantic spot. You can spend quality time here amidst the splendor of this destination. Its natural charm and incredible views are sure to fascinate both of you. Along with the pristine beach, you can also see wonderful natural marvels here. Strolling on the seashore and cherishing the loveliest sunset together is a perfect way to bond over.

What is the best time to visit Parrot Island?

The best time, which is also the peak season, to visit the island is winter through the beginning of summer. At other times, your trip is likely to get hampered by tropical storms. The best time to visit is winter as the temperature dips down making it pleasant for roaming. The winter months are between October and April. For a fabulous sunset, it would be best if you go to the island in the evening. It will give you a mind-blowing experience that is hard to be described in simple words. A gorgeous sunset is like a bonus for you during your visit to this trip. Spending time on Parrot Island is like getting indulged in the lap of nature. Don’t let this chance slip away!

Tourists from all over the world visit the island throughout the year. However, winter months are considered to be the most pleasant as during that time, visitors can laze around for a long time. The evenings are quite soothing and refreshing. To experience the rain, some people visit the place during the monsoon season. Even though going out of the hotel during the rainy season is a bit tough, but the nature enthusiasts still make their way to Parrot Island.

Tourists visiting Baratang often move on to see the limestone canes and mud volcano. But if you are willing to spend time especially on Parrot Island, then you can do so by getting yourself a customised Andaman Island Package. Connect with Andaman Island Travels today.

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