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 Mayabunder Island

Sightseeing Spots in Mayabunder Island
Date : 07 Jul 2021

Overview of Mayabunder Island


A tiny isle nestled amongst the Middle Andaman Islands, spanning for only 1348 sq. km, Mayabunder remains one of the top attractions the Andamans have to offer.

If you’re musing about how to reach Mayabunder Island, then you’re at the right place. Mayabunder is connected to Port Blair through roads with one or two ferry rides in between.

About 250 km away from port Blair, it will take you about 8 to 9 hours to reach Mayabunder. If you prefer the serenity of the sea, it can be reached in more or less the same time via boats or ships.


A century ago, Mayabunder was settled by the migrating tribes from Myanmar (then known as Burma). The hill tribe Karen from Burma brought along their culture and traditions from southeast Asia to the isle.

Sprinkled along the coast are rice fields, and remnants of the settlements and wood logging camp. The cuisine is also derived from the culture of the various settlers, that once called this place their home.


The fantastic cultural diversity of the Mayabunder Islands and unmatched exotic sights that will leave you breathless are thanks to the integration of different civilizations.

It truly has a heritage deeply rooted in traditions and culture. The Burmese tribes, colonial prisoners, and settlers from India and Bangladesh (including east-Pakistan) have all contributed equally to the legacy of the place.

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Reasons to visit Mayabunder Island

So why should you add Mayabunder Island to your bucket list? If the eccentric cultural fusion isn’t enough to convince you to go here, the untouched beaches with volcanic sand and pristine blue waters should pull you in.

The secluded snorkelling spots and hiking trails lure in travellers looking to spend some alone time communing with nature. It is definitely worthwhile to go on a sightseeing tour of Mayabunder Island.

As Mayabunder is kind of secluded and quiet, government-funded PWD guest houses, private guesthouses and lodgings, low budget hotels, and resorts such as the Hawksbill Nest are your best options on the island.

Since the locals only speak in Bengali or Hindi, the staff at the hotels & resorts at Mayabunder Island do help the tourists in getting around the island.

The major sightseeing spots at Mayabunder Island are:

Ray Hills

Known for being an eco-village, Ray hills Mayabunder Island is a rustic treasure trove. On the unparalleled hiking trails, you can breathe in the pure air and heal your soul.

If you’re looking for cliffs to go rock climbing, Ray Hills offers that as well. The guesthouses situated on the coastline present views that are just breath-taking.

You can observe the majestic wild elephants strolling through the dense jungles. Although, it is also possible to go on an elephant ride through the mangrove forests.

It is advisable to make a booking before you arrive at the place.

Austin X

The colonial monuments and ruins, amidst the green backdrop of the thickets of trees, are worthy of being featured on the postcards.

Austin X Beach at Mayabunder Island is home to radiant and vibrant corals as well. This makes it the destination in Mayabunder to go diving for pearls and sea walking.

Also worth visiting are the fragrant orange orchards here. Advanced hikers and adventure sports enthusiasts are also in for a treat when visiting Austin X.

Karmatang Beach

Karmatanag Beach at Mayabunder Island is merely a half an hour away from the main city. But the beach itself is a sight to behold.

Especially if you’re visiting during turtle nesting season, you might get to witness nature in action.

There is also a well-maintained park around, which is ideal for families looking for a picnic spot.

Avis Island

Another little nook for photography enthusiasts, Avis Island, Mayabunder Island, is surrounded with vivid blue ocean waves and primeval sandy beaches.

Avis (or Aves) Island can be visited after you have attained consent from the authorities. But trust us, it is worth the hassle.

The beach is practically uninhabited, which makes it perfect for a romantic escapade or a group get-together, away from the crowd.

The picturesque island is littered with coconut plantations. So, if you wish to spend some quiet time on a hammock with a new book, Avis Island is the place you should be at.

Interview Island

Interview Island at Mayabunder Island is right at the boundary of the North and Middle Andaman Islands. It is renowned for its Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established way back in 1985.

Now, this largest Andaman sanctuary is home to Asiatic wild elephants along with some other exotic wildlife. The marshlands and evergreen jungles are suitable for a hike, which is why visitors recommend trekking at Interview Island, Mayabunder Island.

Austen strait, which is right next to Interview Island, is apt for a dinghy boat ride. It’s also the home to large saltwater crocodiles, so be extra careful when you’re out there!

German Jetty

German Jetty Mayabunder Island is on the APWD Guesthouse grounds. Bordered by lush green forests, it might have one of the best lookout points on Mayabunder island.

The place is an old settler harbour and was named as the ‘German jetty’ during the second world war.

Rampur beach

Located just 25 to 30 minutes away from the Danapur junction in Mayabunder, Rampur beach is framed with a thriving mangrove forest. It is right off the side of the road and next to the Rampur village.

Pokhadera Beach

A lesser-known beach near the Mayabunder dock, it is also home to some lively coral reefs. Prior permission is required before you plan your trip to this beach as it is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.

Once you get here, though, you should definitely go for a swim!

Museums Mayabunder

The forest museum houses an atypical collection of indigenous flora and fauna from the Andaman Islands. The nearby food stalls also provide mouth-watering southeast Asian cuisine.

On the other hand, the private Anmol Driftwood museum and the Wood museum close to the DFO office is just the right place for travellers that don’t mind a little history lesson.

As a bonus, you also get to enjoy the excellent craftsmanship and miniature pieces fashioned out of wood.

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