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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Top 10 Reasons for Scuba Diving in the Andaman Islands

Top 10 Reasons for Scuba Diving in the Andaman Islands
Date : 02 Aug 2023
Categories: Andaman Islands

Scuba Diving-- an adventure you should grab the chance to experience. If you are someone who would love to try new things in new places to add charm to your life, it’ll make you happier while scuba diving. Besides, if you are a water animal and are visiting Andamans, don’t miss out on the thrill and rush the dive can give you. It will be a memory cherished for a lifetime. Whether with friends, family, or alone, take on the spirit and courage to experience something new. Because you deserve a break from the hustling life. You need to add life to your life. So, let’s help you understand the top 10 reasons why scuba diving in Andamans is the best for you.

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Imagine yourself existing underwater. You will enter a whole new world beneath the waves with self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA). It's like you're flying weightlessly, gracefully gliding through the mesmerizing blue waters, becoming one with the majestic realm of underwater life.

This magical adventure of scuba diving is a highly recommended activity for everyone. Our planet is an ocean playground, and the open waters are calling out to you. Don't worry about complexity or feeling like it's not for you; scuba diving is surprisingly safe and enjoyable for people with various physical characteristics and capabilities. So why not take the plunge and experience the wonders that await you beneath the surface? You'll be amazed at what you'll discover!

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Why do Scuba Diving in the Andaman Islands? 

Are you looking for a thrilling escapade into the depths of the ocean, surrounded by pristine waters and exotic marine life? Well, look no further than the mesmerizing Andaman Islands! Nestled in the Bay of Bengal, these tropical islands offer a scuba diving experience like no other. Today, we're diving (pun intended) into the top 10 reasons why scuba diving in the Andaman Islands is an absolute must-do!

  1. Pristine Marine Biodiversity

    Oh, the Andaman Islands are a true treasure trove of marine life! You won't believe the diversity underwater – it's like stepping into a real-life Finding Nemo movie! From the adorable clownfish to the majestic manta rays and even the elusive dugongs, there's no shortage of exotic creatures to discover. And let's talk about those vibrant coral reefs – they're like underwater cities bustling with life! Every dive is a chance to meet something extraordinary, and I promise you'll be left in awe with every encounter!

  2. Visibility Like Nowhere Else

    Picture this: You slip beneath the surface, and suddenly, you're in an underwater wonderland! The waters around the Andaman Islands are like nothing you've seen before – crystal clear and incredibly inviting. With visibility often surpassing 30 meters, you'll feel like you're floating in a dream. The marine life and breathtaking corals come into full view, as if welcoming you to their secret world. No obstacles, no murky waters – just pure, surreal clarity. It's like stepping into an aquatic paradise, where every dive becomes an unforgettable adventure!

  3. Perfect for Beginners and Experts Alike

    Hey, whether you're a pro or a newbie, the Andaman Islands cater to all diving levels! Beginners, you'll love the shallow waters and easy currents, making your first dive a breeze. And experts, get ready for an adrenaline rush with deeper sites and thrilling drift dives. The variety here ensures that everyone gets to explore the mesmerizing underwater world at their own pace. So, collect the essentials, put on that wetsuit, and let's dive into the adventure of a lifetime!


  4. Enchanting Coral Reefs

    Enter into a scuba diver's wonderland! The Andaman Islands are home to some of the most incredible coral reefs on the planet. It's like stepping into a living painting of vibrant colors and fascinating shapes. Swimming through these coral gardens is like wandering through an underwater metropolis. And the best part? You get to witness the fascinating connections between the corals and the marine life that call them home. It's seriously mind-blowing and will leave you in absolute awe. So, if you're a fan of breathtaking beauty and amazing natural wonders, the Andaman Islands are calling your name!

  5. Thrilling Wreck Dives

    Hey, thrill-seekers, get ready for an adrenaline-pumping adventure in the Andaman Islands! You can dive into the depths and open the secrets of World War II wrecks resting beneath the waves. These sunken ships and aircraft have become fascinating homes to a myriad of marine creatures, making every dive an awe-inspiring encounter with history and marine wonders. It's like stepping back in time while being surrounded by the vibrant life of the present ocean. So, if you're up for an exhilarating journey through time and mystery, the Andaman Islands' wreck dives are calling your name!

  6. Warm Waters All Year Round

    Hey there, underwater explorers! The Andaman Islands are an absolute dream for scuba diving enthusiasts, and you know why? Well, the tropical climate keeps those waters warm and inviting all year round! Yup, you heard it right no matter when you plan your diving adventure, the temperature down there will be just perfect. Visualize yourself diving into crystal-clear waters, surrounded by marine wonders, and basking in the comfortable warmth. It's like a never-ending summer vacation beneath the waves! So, pack your gear, and get ready to dive into the ultimate underwater paradise of the Andaman Islands.

    Warm Waters All Year Round

  7. Dive with Gentle Giants

    Picture this: you're underwater, surrounded by the vastness of the Andaman Sea, and suddenly, a majestic presence glides gracefully past you. It's the incredible whale shark the world's largest fish. These gentle giants are regular visitors to these waters, and encountering them while scuba diving is an experience like no other. They evoke both awe and humility, leaving you in complete wonderment. Swimming alongside these magnificent creatures is an absolute privilege, making the Andaman Islands a truly unique and captivating destination for every adventurer seeking an encounter with the enchanting gentle giants of the deep.

  8. Dive Sites for Every Mood

    No matter what mood you're in, the Andaman Islands have got you covered with their diverse dive sites. Want to be mesmerized by vibrant reefs bursting with marine life? They've got it! Craving an adrenaline rush while drift diving through underwater canyons? Oh, they've got that too! If you're seeking serenity and tranquility, you can find it in the calm spots. But if you're up for an exhilarating adventure with strong currents, they've got just the thing for you.

  9. Professional Dive Operators

    You won't believe the fantastic dive operators we have in the Andaman Islands! We're proud to be one of them, and we've got something for everyone. From beginners to experts, our team ensures your safety while giving you the time of your life underwater. We take care of all the nitty-gritty, so you can just focus on the mind-blowing marine wonders around you. So, if you're ready to dive into the magic of the Andaman's underwater world, we've got your back! Let's make some unforgettable memories together!

  10. Unparalleled Underwater Photography

    You won't believe the mesmerizing shots you can capture during your Andaman Islands scuba dives! Whether you bring your own underwater camera or opt to book a skilled photographer, the opportunities to freeze those awe-inspiring moments are limitless. From vibrant nudibranchs to inquisitive sea turtles, you'll have a treasure trove of captivating photos. Want to make sure you never forget these incredible experiences? Our photography services are here to help, allowing you to collect these cherished memories and create unforgettable travel books to relive the magic whenever you want. Don't miss out on capturing the beauty that lies beneath the waves!

    Unparalleled Underwater Photography

Scuba Diving in the Andaman Islands: Tips for Your Adventure

Are you excited about starting an exciting scuba diving experience in the captivating Andaman Islands? If you're gearing up for this thrilling underwater escapade, we've got some fantastic tips to make your trip absolutely unforgettable. So, let's plunge straight into the heart of it all!...

  1. Choose the Right Season: The Andaman Islands offer excellent diving opportunities throughout the year, but the best time is generally from November to April. The water is clear, and the weather is relatively calm during these months, providing the perfect conditions to explore the vibrant marine life.

  2. Get Certified: If you're not already a certified diver, fret not! The Andaman Islands have plenty of diving schools that offer beginner-level courses. Obtaining your certification beforehand will allow you to make the most of your diving adventure.

  3. Book in Advance: As the Andaman Islands are a popular destination for scuba diving, it's essential to book your diving excursions in advance. This way, you can secure a spot with a reputable dive center and avoid last-minute disappointments.

  4. Pack Wisely: While it's easy to get carried away with packing, remember that scuba gear will be provided by the dive centers. Focus on essentials like comfortable swimwear, sunscreen, hats, and a waterproof camera to capture those breathtaking moments.

  5. Respect Marine Life: The Andaman Islands boast incredible biodiversity, so be a responsible diver. Avoid touching or disturbing marine creatures and refrain from collecting souvenirs like shells or coral. Let's protect the beauty that we've come to admire.

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