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.
Among the many places in the world to visit with flashy lights and loud noise, Baratang Island is a quiet and peaceful land tucked within the beautiful region of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This peace and escapism are what make Baratang Islands a fantastic spot for vacations and adventures with friends and family or even by one’s own self.
Location: located 150 km from the northern coast of port Blair, the Baratang Islands are a part of the Indian Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and belong to the Middle and North Andaman administrative district. The islands are a closely structured archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of 242.6 square kilometres.
Culture: a trip to Baratang Island will showcase its pure and raw beauty of nature and the culture it possesses. With attractive, alluring sites like the limestone caves and mud volcanoes, people and tourists alike, and fully immerse in the history and exotic opportunities that the Baratang Islands have to offer.
People: the Baratang islands are home to the Jarawa tribe, which is among the oldest surviving tribes all over the world. Though being one of the less-visited and toured islands due to hindrances of accessibility and routes, the Baratang islands have a total of 5691 inhabitants. Although, the majority of the inhabitants are of the local Jarawa tribe.
Reasons to visit Baratang Island
There are countless reasons as to why one should apply for a Baratang Island tour booking package for your next vacation. Tourists, adventurer’s mad travel junkies from all across the world come and see some of the most attractive spots in Baratang Island and take part in numerous activities.
Here are some of the reasons why visiting the Baratang Islands are a must for your next vacation:
Famous attractions: the island in the Andaman region is renowned for its limestone caves, mud volcanoes, and beaches, which make up some of the most attractive spots in Baratang Island. These tourist spots provide a deep dive into the natural history of the islands and make for a memorable trip on vacations with friends and family.
Fun Activities: Some of the top tourist highlights in Baratang Island are the activities that come from visiting and touring the island. From trekking through the deep mangrove forest and planes to boating from the jetties, the Baratang island has activities that cater to people from all walks of life.
Sightseeing: Baratang Island has some of the most spectacular and breathtaking views of the natural forests, caves, and beaches. Enjoy the beautiful sunset at the Baludera Beach and appreciate the beautiful lush coverage of the mangrove forests that create a natural, safe haven for a wide variety of fauna.
Locals and Wildlife: home to the Jarawa tribe, tourists and travellers can get to know the locals residing in the Baratang Islands. Tourists and visitors can get to know about the history of one of the oldest tribe settlements in the world and understand their practices, local customs, and traditions.
Marvel at the wildlife that lives in perfect harmony with the tribe and enjoys the serene experience of watching the thousands of parrots at the Parrot Island who travel to the island at regular intervals, making it a paradise for bird lovers.
Major sightseeing spots in Baratang Island
Limestone cave: When exploring the Baratang Islands, a visit to the Limestone cave is a must. These caves are a short speed boat ride and a 10- 15 minute hike into the dense undulating forest from the Baratang port. These sedimentary rocks that have formed over millions of years adorn the underground caves with stalactites and stalagmites which stake unique shapes and forms.
The limestone cave is always tucked in the deep mangroves and is a visual treat for those who wish to plan trips to Baratang Island.
Mud volcano: If you are wondering what to do in Baratang Island, then look no further than visiting the infamous mud volcanoes. These small craters are created as a result of decaying organic matter that produces natural gas. This gas pushes the mud upwards to form these bubbling craters. The way to reach the mud volcanoes is on a small jetty ride followed by a leisurely 160-meter walk. Mud volcanoes may not be the flashiest sight that one can come across but is an extreme rarity in the world. The Andaman Islands have 11 such volcanoes with eight being in Baratang Island and Middle Andaman while the rest three are situated in the northern Andaman region.
Parrot island: Are you a bird lover? Do you enjoy bird watching and seeing exotic birds in real life? Parrot Island is the place for you. Parrot Island is considered by many to be the most beautiful island in Baratang. As the name suggests, this uninhabited piece of land is home to thousands of parrots. This place is nothing less than a bird lover’s paradise. Delving into the legends of Parrot Island, tourists can expertise fun activities like boating and trekking through the mangrove forest of the islands and revel in the beauty of how the parrots naturally and organically take care of the woods with their beaks.
Baludera beach: Situated on the eastern side of Batarang Island, 9 km from the Nilambur jetty, the Baludera Beach is an uninhabited and yet to be explored stretch of land that attracts tourists from far and wide. This quiet beach is one of the perfect places to see in Baratang Islands if you are looking for a serene and calm environment to get away from the daily hustle and bustle of city life. The island offers a natural experience with breathtaking sights of the ocean at sunset and creates a rejuvenating atmosphere amongst the sounds of thousands of parrots all over the island who migrate to it at intervals.
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