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 Reasons why Andaman Island is The Best Honeymoon Destination in India

Top Reasons why Andaman Island is The Best Honeymoon Destination in India
Date : 24 Jun 2021
Categories: Travel Guide

White sandy beaches, blue-green waters and tropical forests- all this personifies the natural and serene beauty of the Andaman Island, the most beautiful union territory of India. It is the most gorgeous place if we talk about honeymoon destinations in India. No other place can be compared with these stunning islands. Whatever you desire for, lazing on the beach or going for water adventure activities, Andamans will offer you. This is the best honeymoon destination to start the new chapter of life with your significant other. If you want to know why, then we present in this article the top reasons why it attracts lovers from all over the world.  

Best time to plan a honeymoon in Andaman Islands

This place can be visited at any time of the year as it has a moderate climate. But the best time to plan a honeymoon in Andaman is between October and May. During this time, the weather is extremely pleasant there thus making it the best time to enjoy water sports at the beaches. The sky is clear and the temperature is pleasing.

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Top Reasons why Andaman Islands is the best honeymoon destination in India

The right amount of seclusion

Newlyweds want to go to such places for their honeymoon that don’t have crowds and have immense beauty. The tropical weather and vibes of the Andaman Islands make it a perfect romantic spot. You can spend quality time here amidst the splendor of this destination. Being a group of islands, it is not a part of the mainland and thus, is not that much populated. Its natural charm and incredible views are sure to fascinate both of you. Strolling on the seashore and cherishing the loveliest sunset together is a perfect way to bond over.  

Hub of water adventure activities

The Andaman Islands have the best beaches in India. A few are counted among the best beaches across the world as well. Its spectacular beaches are a treat for everyone’s senses. Here, you can simply relax under the sun or go for a swim in the turquoise waters. The beaches are popular for scuba diving, snorkeling, sea walking, surfing, kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing, and a lot more. So if both of you are adrenaline junkies (or not), then you are going to have the best time of your life here. You will get tons of opportunities to strengthen your bond and spend some quality time together. Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Jolly Buoy Beach, etc. are some of the most popular beaches here and are incredibly beautiful.
If you plan to visit limestone caves and mangroves of Baratang Island and serene Jolly Buoy Island, then you will easily find day tours from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands. You can also witness a superb sunset at Chidiya Tapu and trek to Munda Pahad Beach. A visit to Mount Harriet National Park is another great option.

If you are diving in the sea, then you will see stunning and colorful corals, which are among the world’s finest. The government puts commendable efforts for the preservation of live corals.

Fabulous beachfront properties

When in Andamans with your better half, you have to stay at a beachfront resort if you want to have the best romantic experience. These properties are not just accommodations, but a great relaxation spot. You can spend time at the resort’s private beach at any time and without any restrictions. Imagine holding your lover’s hand while listening to the soothing sound of the crashing waves at night. Picture yourself looking at the moon and its reflection on the sea! Dreamy, isn’t it? You can enjoy a wide variety of seafood and other cuisines. You can also book a beachside cottage here that overlooks the tidal waves of the Andaman Sea. This would make the most special accommodation ever!

Havelock Island Beach Resort is a well-known beachfront luxurious property in the Andaman Islands. Being the one-stop destination for your honeymoon, the resort’s staff makes sure that you have a fantastic stay there. It will also arrange romantic candlelight dinners, especially for the newlyweds. Satisfying your taste buds overlooking the perfect sunset featuring pink and orange shades in the sky would be quite an experience! All this would be accompanied by the soft tropical breeze that further lets you get cosy. The place portrays the poetic weather that is sure to take your breath away. The resort is elegant and lavish, and will take care of your other requirements as well such as airport and ferry transfers, bookings for scuba diving, snorkeling, etc., cab service, and a lot more.
The Andaman Island is also known for secret treks on the middle of the lush green forests that takes you to the most beautiful and secluded beaches. One such beach is the Elephant Beach in Havelock Islands (now known as Swaraj Dweep). Of course, you can go there by ferry as well but trekking has its own charisma. You can also go for sea walking there.

A paradise for water sports lovers, the beaches offer so many amazing activities for everyone. Riding off in the sunset together on a jet ski would be an unforgettable experience, for instance. Along with pristine beaches, you can also see wonderful natural marvels here that include active mud volcanoes, mangrove forests and treks through the rainforests. Doing such kinds of activities helps you in bonding even more. You both can stroll on the wood bridges that pass through the mangrove swamps. And the view from there is awesome. The islands are located in the lap of Mother Nature and spending time here is total bliss.

Perfect for short or long honeymoon trips

Ferries are the lifeline of the Andaman Islands. They make accessible all the islands here and let you explore so many lovely spots. Government/private ferry services connect Havelock Island, Ross Island (now known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep), North Bay, Viper Island, Neil Island (now known as Shaheed Dweep), Baratang Island, Long Island, Rangat, Diglipur, etc. So you can visit any of these as per your convenience and wish. Whether you are there for a whole week or just a few days, you will be able to explore the untouched beauty of the Andaman Islands.

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