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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Sitapur Beach at Neil Island

Sitapur Beach at Neil Island
Date : 19 Oct 2021

A beach paradise in the collection of the Andaman Islands, Neil Island (renamed Shaheed Dweep in 2018) is located in the Bay of Bengal. The island is popular for its pristine white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and a relaxed vibe. One of the most stunning beaches here is Sitapur Beach. Reaching this lovely beach is very simple as Neil Island is connected to the rest of the world via Port Blair, (capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands), which is just 36 kilometers away. You can visit this beach any time of the year since it is a tropical destination and enjoys a maritime climate all year round. However, the best time to visit there is from October to May. Including this fabulous beach in your travel itinerary is a must. 

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Highlights of Sitapur Beach, Neil Island

One of the quietest and serene beaches in Neil Island, Sitapur Beach is located five kilometers on the southern tip of the island. It is surrounded by lush greenery from three sides that opens into a superb view of the open ocean on the other. A less frequented beach, it is the perfect choice if you want to take a romantic stroll with your sweetheart in seclusion. Because of little attention from tourists, this beach is well-preserved and quite untouched, which in itself is a blessing in disguise as it is quite raw in the sense of nature and wildlife. You can walk along the shoreline of Sitapur Beach to feel relaxed without a care in the world.

Highlights of Sitapur Beach, Neil Island

Overview of Sitapur Beach, Neil Island

Sitapur Beach is untouched and completely free from pollution. Thanks to the lesser number of tourists visiting here. This beach is the perfect place if you are seeking peace and solace. The shoreline is dotted with palm trees and tropical jungle, and here you can spend some quality time with your companions. 

Water Sports in Sitapur Beach, Neil Island

Exciting water sports available at Sitapur Beach include jet-skiing and glass-bottom boat rides. 

  • Jet Skiing: If you love speed, then this is the best water sport at Sitapur Beach for you. Feeling the thrill as you zip through the waves in a criss-cross way would definitely be an amazing experience. It will be even more memorable and charming when the cool wind and ocean water will be sprinkled all over your face. The skilful experts will familiarise you with the basics of jet skiing once you reach there. And after the training session, you will zoom through the challenging sea waters and hustle against the breeze. This will surely satisfy adrenaline junkies’ hunger for adventure. Jet skiing definitely stands out among all the water sports in Neil Island. However, it is affected by weather conditions. It should not be done during a heavy downpour or a storm; otherwise it would be highly dangerous. Therefore, before heading out to enjoy this superb activity, don’t forget to check the weather conditions first. And for your own safety, don’t stand up while driving the jet ski.

If you are looking for a high adrenaline rush, then jet skiing is an ideal activity for you. You can choose to go with an expert or on your own. If going alone, then you should be able to handle the speeding jet skiing, over the waves. A jet ski is a jet-powered water scooter that gets its velocity from a powerful engine. Professional assistance makes this sport safer. Children as well as adults can do this water activity easily. Before the ride, everyone is given a life jacket and proper instructions. 

Level of difficulty: Medium

  • Glass-Bottom Boat Rides: These rides are perfect for those tourists who don’t want to get wet or for families who prefer having an adventure together. The boat explores the ocean surrounding the island. While sailing, you can explore the vast sea, flying through the waves. You can watch the sea through a transparent bottom, making the experience wonderful and enjoyable for yourself. Kids and elders enjoy this activity a lot. To do this, you have to be in a tiny boat with the bottom made up of glass. As it sails through the sea, you can have a glimpse of the water. This is very popular at Sitapur Beach. You have to wear a life jacket. One of the finest sea sports, it is a magical experience for sure. When in Neil Island, do not miss this activity at any cost.

Andaman Island, the untouched Indian union territory, is a storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Especially famous for its water sports, the island is popular for offering such activities that can be enjoyed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. Have a close encounter with the diverse marine life through a glass boat. This water activity can only be done in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. First, you will be shown a safety demonstration video. After that, you are all set for the fun and frolic boat ride. Without even getting your toes wet, you can unravel the vast mysteries of the ocean through the glass bottom present inside. The trained experts on board will explain you about the marvelous marine life. 

Level of difficulty: Low

Sitapur Beach, Neil Island

Nearby Hotels in Sitapur Beach, Neil Island

You can stay at any of these hotels when in Neil Island:

  • Elephant & four wise men resort
  • KP Lodge
  • Jayanthi Lodge
  • Vacation Village
  • Sunset Garden Resort
  • Moon shine garden resort
  • Hotel Sarthak Residency
  • Nirala Resort
  • Pearl Park Beach Resort
  • Tango Beach Resort
  • TSG Aura 
  • Hotel Amullya
  • Kingfisher Hotel
  • Coco N Hut Resort
  • Holiday Inn Neil Island
  • Sea Shell Resort
  • Summer Sand Beach Resort
  • Silver Sand Beach Resort

How to Reach Sitapur Beach, Neil Island

Located at a distance of nearly 70 kilometers from Port Blair, Neil Island can be visited via waterways. After reaching the island, take an auto rickshaw for Sitapur Beach that is located at a distance of five kilometers from the main market. One can also trek to reach there.

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