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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Neil’s Cove at Havelock Island

Neil’s Cove at Havelock Island
Date : 18 Oct 2021

Just walk for ten minutes down Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), and you will reach Neil’s Cove. It is a beautiful cove with fresh water streams where you can get mesmerised with the crystal-clear light blue water. It is one of the lesser-known yet gorgeous spots in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Neil’s Cove is a splendid lagoon that is formed by enclosed coral reefs and lush green vegetation. It lies northwest of Radhanagar Beach. Just trek for ten minutes towards the north of the beach and you will reach the cove. It is a secluded sight where you can also witness the wild side of the sea. There are crocodiles which makes this place exciting but also dangerous. However, it is an ideal place for photographers and bloggers as they can get some rare shots of the wild marine creatures.

Neil’s Cove is a gem of sheltered sand and crystalline water owing to its fantastic teal lagoon. This place is perfect for you if you are looking to spend some quality time at a secluded and idyllic place in Havelock Island. It is an ideal blend of gorgeous vistas and fabulous sea. The little inlets and lagoons of the cove are extraordinarily lovely. 

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Want to see the hidden gem of Havelock Island during your Andaman vacation? Visit Neil’s Cove that lies to the north of the lovely Radhanagar Beach. It is a secluded spot and not many people know about this treasure. You can relax on its white silky sand and get the best of your beach vacation. There are colorful fish that you can see from outside. Swimming is not recommended here as there is a risk of crocodiles, and you will see the warning signs as well if you go further into the inlets. Don’t ignore them. The cove is an amazing natural attraction on the island and the best part is that you will not find any crowd there. Watch the most beautiful sunset of your life from this place and create unforgettable memories.

You will get the much-needed seclusion and solace here. The splendor of this place makes it perfect for an island vacation. Sit on the sand and enjoy an awesome sunset with your loved ones. Just a walk at such an incredible place can bring calmness to your life. Imagine the gentle waves hitting the shore, the scent of salt in the air, and the hues of a sunset brightening your cheeks!



Take heed of any warnings regarding crocodiles at Neil’s Cove. Swimming is not permitted at dawn or dusk. Walking in the north direction along Radhanagar Beach in Swaraj Dweep for nearly one kilometer and then turning around a rocky corner will get you to a smaller Neil’s Cove Beach. It is a tiny piece of heaven that is in the shape of a half-moon crescent of white sand. You can witness the dense forest and peaceful shore along with tropical trees full of fruits. The beauty of the lagoon is further enhanced by the coral reefs. Not a recommended place for swimming due to rocky bottom, but it is an incredible spot for sure. Go and see it for yourself!

Things to do

At Neil’s Cove, you can get indulged in so many activities. You can spot beautiful rock formations across its surroundings that have been created by millions of years of erosion. Its water is transparent and shallow. This lagoon is sometimes frequented by saltwater crocodiles. Thus, swimming is prohibited here especially at dawn and dusk. Looking at lovely colorful fish from outside the water is a peaceful thing to do here. If you are a wildlife lover, then you can spot majestic crocodiles in their natural habitat.


Nearby hotels

If you want to stay at a luxurious yet affordable beachfront resort, then we would highly recommend that you book your stay at Havelock Island Beach Resort when in Swaraj Dweep. Giving you complete worth for your money, you can soak yourself in the most beautiful natural views. Here you will find cottages and rooms for all budgets. You can go for swimming and relaxing at its pool after a long day of sun-basking and sightseeing. Its dedicated staff will take care of all your needs when you are here.

The deluxe cottages at Havelock Island Beach Resort offer you a luxurious and comfortable stay at the best price. These are well-equipped with world-class facilities. Esteemed guests can enjoy the captivating view of the beach from the comfort of their king-sized bed. The housekeeping staff will make sure that your cottage is getting cleaned at regular intervals. For anything else that you require, our polite staff is just a call away from the intercom provided in every room.

The prepayment and cancellation policies at Havelock Island Beach Resort depend on your room type. You can check the terms and conditions of the required room by entering the dates of your stay at the resort.

Other accommodations nearby Neil’s Cove are mentioned below:

  • The Kingdom Resort
  • El Dorado
  • Radhakrishna Resort
  • Green Valley Resort
  • Gold Star Beach Resort
  • Orient Legend Resort
  • Emerald Gecko
  • Royal Palace
  • Wild Orchid Beach Resort
  • Symphony Palm Beach Resort
  • Holiday Inn Beach Resort
  • Coral Reef Resort
  • Havelock Holiday Beach Resort
  • Aparupa Sands Marina
  • Cross Bill Beach Resort
  • Taj Exotica
  • Silver Sand Beach Resort
  • Munjoh Ocean Resort
  • Sea Shell Resort

How to reach

To reach Neil’s Cove, first you have to reach Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island. Jetty is the best mode of transportation to reach Radhanagar Beach. Take a jetty from Havelock Island dock that will drop you at the island, nearly tem kilometers from the dock. Take a cab, auto, or any two-wheeler to reach the beach. After reaching Radhanagar Beach, walk in the north direction along it for nearly one kilometer and then turn around a rocky corner. You will reach a Neil’s Cove Beach.

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