Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • 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 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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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Ross & Smith Islands at Diglipur Island

Ross & Smith Islands at Diglipur Island
Date : 14 Oct 2021

A bewitching sandbar joins Diglipur and Ross and Smith Islands. Dilglipur displays the serene and natural beauty of village life. The majestic twin islands of Ross and Smith are the most stunning attraction in North Island. The islands are connected by a thin fifty-meter long sand bar. During high tide, this white silky sandy bar descends inside the sea, whereas it surfaces up again during low tide. On the one side, you can go swimming and on the other side, you can enjoy snorkeling. The warm water is crystal clear that offers good visibility. These untamed virgin beaches are the most picture-perfect ones in the Andaman Islands. If you crave sunny skies, white silky sand beaches, azure waters, and swaying trees, then Ross and Smith Islands is the best travel destination for you in India. This full-fledges guide will help you in enjoying your tropical vacation to the country’s best-kept secret in the best way.

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Highlights

A trip to explore the natural marvels of Ross and Smith Islands means a trip to the organic life and far from the busy and crowded life. The place is extremely soothing and pleasant. There is no connectivity to the internet, which is a blessing in disguise! Here, you will be completely detached from the contemporary world. You will be able to focus on making the most of your beach time. All you would do is relax, capture the moments inside your eyes and of course, thank yourself to explore this paradise before moving ahead. 

There are beautiful eco huts lined up by the beachside having greenery spread out all over making it very soothing. Just a sight of it will make you feel refreshed and erase away all your stress. You can spend around a few hours at this place without getting bored if you are exploring it the right way.

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Overview

This can be your base for trips to Kalipur Beach and Ramnagar Beach. If you love hiking, then you can trek to the Saddle Peak, which is a popular nature trail through the lush evergreen rain forest. It is a national park covering an area of 33 square miles. You can spot here animals like Andaman Wild pig, Water Monitor and the Imperial Pigeon. If you crave sunny skies, white silky sand beaches, azure waters and swaying trees, then Ross and Smith Islands is the best travel destination for you in India. This full-fledges guide will help you in enjoying your tropical vacation to the country’s best-kept secret in the best way.

Attractions 

The most unique feature about these islands is that they are joined naturally by a sandbar. This sets them apart from the rest of the islands and makes them extremely gorgeous. The water here is crystal clear and gem green in color. This is a great spot for sunbathing and chilling on the shore. During high tide, the sandbar disappears leaving a trail of water between the two islands and during low tide, the sandbar appears again making the islands look magnificent. If you want to spot beautiful coral reefs and colorful species from the underwater, then you can visit the Marine Sanctuary on the island as well. The beach is surrounded by tropical forests. It is a preferred place for trekking and trail hiking by many tourists. You can also go for water adventure activities like scuba diving and snorkeling. The clear blue waters add a touch of magic to the whole experience. The islands are home to the Olive Ridley turtles. Therefore, if you are at the right place at the right time, then you can even witness the turtle nesting in Ross & Smith Islands. 

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Important things to know

  • You can get to the Ross and Smith Islands via a boat from the Aerial Bay Jetty
  • Things to do in Ross and Smith Islands- snorkeling, long beach walks, nature trails in Smith’s tropical forests
  • Don’t miss the natural sandbar connecting the islands.
  • The best time to visit the islands is between October and mid-June.
  • Things that you should carry include light clothing, beachwear, sunscreen, picnic lunch boxes, water, snacks, slippers, and cap. 
  • You can spend nearly five to six hours early in the day here and then come back to Hathi Level to see the mud volcano.

How to reach

It is off the tourist trail probably because of its remoteness from the rest of the Andaman Islands. But you can reach Diglipur via road (Andaman Trunk Road) from Port Blair or by a ten-hour voyage through ferries or seaplanes. Some of the other modes of transportations are mentioned below:

  • By air- Veer Savarkar Airport is an international airport that is located in the capital town of Port Blair. It is the gateway to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair, is connected with Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and New Delhi by air. Air India, Jet Airways, Go Air, and Spice Jet airlines operate regular flights to Port Blair. 
  • By train- No train facilities are available for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 
  • By road- Regular bus services, including government and private both, are available from Port Blair to Diglipur via ATR.

The best time to visit is from October to March. The temperature is comparatively cool during this time.

Ross & Smith Islands are actually two islands- Ross and Smith. They are joined together by a sandbar to make a single group of islands. You can visit these gorgeous islands only after taking a forest permit from the Forest Office at Diglipur. For Indian tourists, the permission costs Rs. 50 and for foreign tourists, the cost is Rs. 500. It can be obtained on all days (except Sunday) between 6 am and 2 pm. You can hire a fisherman’s boat or a speed boat from the Ariel Bay Jetty in Diglipur to reach Ross & Smith Islands. The ride takes around half an hour. 

Including the gorgeous Ross & Smith Islands when visiting Diglipur would be a great decision. Happy travelling!

 

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