Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?

  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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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Speciality on Andaman Islands

Date : 05 Nov 2020
Categories: Travel Guide

1. The Limestone Caves

The Limestone Caves of Andaman Islands is a must-try exploration for the travel enthusiasts. Baratang Island of the Andaman Islands is one of the places known for limestone caves. Particularly near Wrafters Creef, you can see deposits of limestone. There are more than 250+ big and small deposits of limestone, out of which only one is in the form of the cave opened for tourists to explore.

These limestone caves are a visual treat for travellers. It is formed over millions of years when various deposits of shells, corals, and skeletons underwent natural compression to form caves. Nestled within the mangroves and amid lush greenery, the limestone caves are lined up with stalagmites that hold the mystery of a million years of the Andaman Islands.

November to February is the best time to visit the caves in Baratang Island. The weather is pleasant, and there are low chances of rainfall. It is prohibited to go inside the caves after sunset. You are required to complete the whole trip in broad daylight for safety.

Few things to keep in mind while going for Limestone Cave expedition are-

  • It is advisable to start your journey early. Baratang is a wild place, so it is not safe to visit it after sunset.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and trekking shoes since you will be walking a lot.
  • If you are claustrophobic, then you should not participate in a cave expedition.
  • Baratang Island is the residence for tribal people. You should not interact with them, take photos and get into their personal space to avoid repercussions.
  • You will require an entire day for this activity.
  • The entry and exit of the cave are the same. So, you will have to make space for yourself to get in or out of the cave.

Once your cave excursion comes to an end, you can stop by for a quick bite of cucumber and coconut water. You shall have to make your way to the jetty and take the speedboat into the mangroves, or you might choose to visit the mud volcano, which is another attraction of the Andaman Islands.

2. Volcano Tour

Volcano Tour is a major attraction for travellers visiting Andaman Islands. You get to observe lava from a distance and can cherish the experience. Tour operators will take care of your safety while you enjoy the volcanic expedition. Barren Island is the only active volcano, along the chain from Sumantra to Myanmar. It is situated in the Andaman Islands Sea and lies 138 km northeast of the capital city of Port Blair.

Barren Island is a part of the Indian Union Territory of the Andaman Islands. It is also recognized as a Submarine emergent Volcano lying above the subduction zone of India and the Burmese plate. As a recent phenomenon, Barren Island in the Andaman Islands has started erupting in 2018. Many people across the globe are coming to the islands to observe this phenomenon.

Its name is justified as it is a barren area unexplored and uninhabited by humans. A small population of goats, birds, bats, and a few rodent species such as rats are inhabitants of the region. Barren Island is under the restricted zone, and you require special permits to visit that place. The shared trip to Barren Island consists of fishing equipment, breakfast, lunch, snacks, juice, etcetera and is subject to weather conditions, government regulations along with the payload on the day of sailing. Night stay is not allowed at Barren Island.

Biodiversity of Barren Island

With a 2 km wide caldera, Barren Island is the summit of a volcano that can rise to 2250 meters from the seafloor. With 354 meters above the waterline, the volcano rises from a depth. The eruptions had reduced the number of bird species and their population.

A little bit of Adventure At Barren Island

The waters surrounding the Barren Island are known for living for being one of the world's top scuba diving destinations. On your way to the volcanic island, you can participate in different sports and other activities if you are travelling by a private charter. The exotic island is a travel paradise for advanced scuba drivers who visit the place to enjoy diving and witness marine life.

Because of the black bedrock of the island, it creates a perfect backdrop for richly coloured corals, sponges, and sea anemones. It reflects the richness of different marine species. This is what mainly makes underwater diving an enriching and unforgettable experience.

Is it safe to visit the Barren Island?

According to the Volcanic Explosivity Index (an Index that ranks explosivity of the volcanoes on a scale of 1 to 8), Barren Island is safe. The index, based on the quantity of volcanic material erupted, and its strength observed that the eruptions at Barren Island are stated as the lowest and therefore are safe to visit.

When someone thinks of the active volcano in India, then Barren Island is the name that pops up. On the extreme corner of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, this is the only active volcano in South-east Asia. To get to this beautiful island, you can either opt for a ferry or seaplane. Boarding a ferry will let you witness the spectacular view of the beautiful Islands. However, the seaplane ride from Port Blair is more preferred as you get to observe the aerial views.

3. Trekking Destinations in the Andaman Islands

There are various places of trekking due to its geographical peculiarities and abundant diversity of flora and fauna. Know that you will not encounter any dangerous animals while trekking in Andaman Islands, so you are in safe hands, in the lap of nature. These places are full of picturesque beauty and luscious forests. Here are some of the most popular trekking trails in Andaman Islands -

  • Mount Harriet To Madhuban
  • Chidiya Tapu To Kala Pahad
  • Radhanagar Beach To Elephant Beach
  • Baratang Islands To Limestone Caves
  • Lamiya Bay Beach to Saddle Peak

4. Water sports

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands are long fabled among leisure travellers for its diving sites and breathtaking locations. Water sports in the Andaman Islands is the most exciting activity for every water baby. From extreme water sports to smooth rides on turquoise waters amidst nature, one can never fall short of intrepid, and dauntless escapades in choices here. However, owing to its vast coastlines and the need to beat the summer heat, it is the scuba diving and snorkelling that stand out. In the popular and well-known destinations of Andaman Islands, one can expect to find all the mainstream water sports such as speed boat rides, banana boat rides, jet ski rides, sea walking, glass boat rides, kayaking, parasailing and more. While planning a vacation, remember to allocate a good measure of time on these above-mentioned activities for a once-in-a-lifetime sterling experience. Whether you are a novice, an intermediate, or an expert, there are enough choices for everyone.

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