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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Sightseeing Spots in Baratang Island

Sightseeing Spots in Baratang Island
Date : 07 Jul 2021

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.

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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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