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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Samudrika Naval Marine Museum

Samudrika Naval Marine Museum
Date : 04 Aug 2021

A well-known tourist attraction in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is located in Port Blair, the capital city. This museum is also known as the Fisheries Museum. Displaying a broad range of installations, the museum highlights informative coverage of the islands’ ecosystem, plants, animals, tribal communities, and marine life. Various collections of fishes, corals, and shells are also housed in a small aquarium at the museum. While entering, you will see a huge skeleton of a blue whale that was washed ashore in Nicobar. Run by the Indian Navy, the museum stores five galleries dotted with history, geography, anthropology, and marine life of the Andamans. Along with all this, there is also a small zoo where saltwater crocodiles are sheltered in Haddo of the Andaman Islands

The best time to visit Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is the winter and summer months—from October to May. It is also the dry season. At this time, the weather is pleasant and perfect for water sports and outdoor activities as well. June to September is the rainy season and the offseason in Andaman. You should avoid this period as it witnesses heavy rainfall, cyclonic weather, and strong winds.

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A perfect blend of historical and modern Andaman, Samudrika Naval Marine Museum greets its visitors with the skeleton of a massive blue whale as you enter. You will see there an aquarium with fish of all shapes and sizes ranging from parrotfish to rare and venomous species of stonefish and corals. The place is an ideal visit for kids. If you love collecting souvenirs while travelling, then you can buy a lot of interesting stuff from the gift shop for your loved ones back at home.

You can visit Samudrika Naval Marine Museum throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the Andaman Islands in general is from November to February. The weather is pleasant during this time and you can explore the place in a better way.



Situated near the Andaman Teal House in Port Blair, Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is designed to create awareness of several aspects of the oceanic environment. It aims to generate awareness about the environment in marine life and the ocean. 

Travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a restaurant to satiate the hunger pangs. There are a number of eateries and food joints that offer mouth-watering food to visitors. The closest restaurant to Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is Café Rebel that serves the most delicious burgers in the town. Popular among tourists, Ruchi, Rola costa, Amaya, Annapurna, and Mandalay are other restaurants that are known for their delectable dishes. 

There are various places in and around the museum that you can explore. These include a mini zoo, Ross Island, and adventurous activities at the Andaman Sports Complex. The Chatham Saw Mill, Forest Museum, and Cellular Jail are also in close proximity. To enlighten yourself of the glorious history of India, you should visit all of them. 

Entry fee:

  • Rs.50 for adults and Rs.20 for children per head
  • Cameras are charged at Rs.50
  • Entry is free for senior citizens and specially-abled people on providing a valid identity card.

The timings of the museum are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Things to do

  • Samudrika Naval Marine Museum, also known as Fisheries Museum, displays hundreds of marine species of unusual fishes, corals, and shells. There is a mini zoo that is located nearby the marine museum. You can visit that as well.
  • There is a museum shop within the premises. You can buy lovely handicrafts, seashell knick-knacks, bamboo crafts, and other souvenirs from there.
  • There are various adventure activities that you can do around the museum. These are coral cruising, ferrying to islands, nature walks, visiting museums, indulging in water sports, photography, beach walking, shopping, etc. Thus, after you have explored the museum, then you can visit these lovely places.

Nearby hotels


There are a number of luxurious and budget-friendly hotels, guesthouses, and B&B in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Some of the closest accommodations to Samudrika Naval Marine Museum are Hotel Driftwood, Hotel Hill View, TSG Emerald View, North Harriet View, and Hotel Sentinel.

There are tons of hotels in the capital city of the Andaman Islands but only a few offer sea views. Staying at a prime location in Port Blair would be a good decision. You can book a hotel at Foreshore Road, Aberdeen Bazaar, Junglighat, Goal Ghar, Middle Point, Dollygunj, or Phoenix Bay. The hotel tariff is on a higher-end at these locations but you have the option to go out and explore the place locally. 

You can consider staying at any of the following properties in Port Blair as per your budget:

  • Hotel Kavitha Regent
  • Hotel Shreesh
  • Hotel Rhishabh
  • Sun Sea Resort
  • Hotel TSG Emerald View
  • Hotel NK International
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
  • Hotel Blue Sea
  • J Hotel 
  • Hotel Blue Mmarlin
  • Hotel Aparupa
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Peerless Sarovar Portico
  • The North Reef
  • Hotel Silver Spring
  • Hotel TSG Grand
  • Hotel SR Castle
  • Hotel Luxor Grand
  • Sea Shell Resorts
  • ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
  • Keys Select Hotel Aqua Green
  • Sea Princess Beach Resort

How to reach

From Port Blair- Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is located at a distance of around nine kilometers from the central Port Blair in the Andamans. Thus, you can reach there via road easily. 

From Havelock Island- The distance between Havelock Island and the museum is around 65 kilometers. It takes both road and sea to reach. Located in the Haddo area, one takes nearly three hours to reach there. There is a government-run ferry from Havelock Island to Port Blair that takes two and a half hours to reach the capital town. It is scheduled twice a day.

If you are in the planning stage of your vacation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all your bookings. 

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