From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
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.
If you are fond of bird watching or want to try it once, then Parrot Island in Baratang Island is another fine attraction worth your attention. Imagine looking at hundreds of colorful parrots and listening to their voice while they return to their nests in the evening, with a lovely background as the sun sets in the backdrop. Wow, doesn’t that sound extremely magical!
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The first gateway up north from the capital city, Baratang Island is located between Middle and South Andaman. 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 spots that are hard to see anywhere else.
If you want to spend some peaceful evening time with your family, partner, or alone, and witness numerous parrots flying around, then you can do that at Parrot Island. The place serves you with umpteen opportunities to quench your thirst for adventure in spite of being one of the lesser-visited tourist places due to the accessibility hindrance. If you are planning to have a wonderful vacation in the Andaman Islands, which is known as the most beautiful union territory of India, then you should include Parrot Island in your travel itinerary.
Things to do
The island is popular sights and therefore, these are some trekking options and interesting bird watching opportunities. You can also go for boat rides through mangrove-fringed creeks and canals heading to Parrot Island.
There are a number of exciting water sports that can be done on Parrot Island. One can indulge oneself in the following enthralling activities:
Finding a nice accommodation in Baratang Island is tricky as well as expensive. Also, the properties usually don’t welcome walk-ins. So, you have to book in advance. The best options nearby Parrot Island are as follows:
The best thing to do would be to make all your bookings through Andaman Island Travels. It will help you with your other reservations as well including ferry, etc. It is a one-stop destination for booking holiday packages and accommodations for families and couples. You can also book slots for water sports activities (scuba diving, snorkeling, etc.) here. It offers a wide range of services to its esteemed customers on discounted prices.
Where to eat
Some of the best restaurants where you can eat after coming from Parrot Island serving yummy food are mentioned below:
How to reach
You can hire a private car or catch a private AC bus to reach Baratang Island from the capital city—Port Blair. It is the best and the most convenient way. If you are on a tight budget, then taking a government bus from Port Blair is your best bet. You will have to drive via the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) and move in a group with one short vehicle-ferry connection. It will take a total of four hours but the lush greens and blue waters will make the whole experience unforgettable. Kindly note that two-wheelers are not allowed to go all the way to the island.
You can spot a few Jarawas on the way. The jungle through which the ATR cuts is home to the indigenous Jarawa tribe. You can witness many tribal people waiting on the sides of the road to cross to the other side. You cannot interact with them in any way, and also giving them food, gifts or even clicking their pictures is not permitted. You can be fined and imprisoned for the same.
Just a few kilometers away from the Baratang Jetty, You need to take a fiber boat to reach Parrot Island. The last leaves at 4 pm for the island. It is the perfect timing for looking at the flocking of parrots at sunset.
So what are you waiting for? Convince your family or partner and pack your bags for the most memorable vacation. A trip to Parrot Island is going to offer you all beyond your imagination. If you are already excited to step on this unexplored territory, then trust Andaman Island Travels for all your hotel bookings along with airport and ferry transfers. It will also make bookings for adventure activities if you are interested in any. The expert tour planners will design the holiday of your dreams for you!
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