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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Travel Guide to Baratang Island

Travel Guide to Baratang Island
Date : 08 Feb 2021

Baratang Island, also known as Ranchiwalas Island, belongs to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district, almost 150 kms away from Port Blair. It is the gateway to the north from Port Blair and is counted amongst one of the main islands of the group, closely situated near the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal that adjoins the Andaman Sea. This magnificent island of an area of 243 square kilometres has some wonderful geographical features such as marvellous mangrove creeks and startling limestone caves. Famous in Andaman for giving a one day enriching experience, this Island has some of the distinct features too like the only mud volcanoes found in India. Baratang Island is still unexplored and untouched which is why it is not commercialised and has almost negligible tourists’ facilities such as luxury hotels and resorts like other islands of Andaman, which is an added advantage to this island. But, there is availability of private accommodation along with Forest and PWD guest houses that need permits accordingly. The blues and hues amalgamate here on this island, turning your journey memorable with endless snaps and unexplained beautiful views. The classic rustic scenery of villagers and tribal inhabitants is a treat to the city people to get to live their lifestyle and embrace their customs and traditions. On your way to this island, if you are lucky enough then you may spot the Jarawa tribes on your commutation from Jirkatang to Middle Strait, especially when you’ll go through by Great Andaman Trunk Road.

The untarnished beauty of this island separates it from the rest of the islands and maintains its position as a popular destination for tourists even without some exotic and extravagant facilities. Since human safaris are banned in this island as per the orders of Supreme Court to maintain and decrease the exploitations of the tribes, this place feels much more connected to nature and its glory. The mangrove boat ride would entice your heart strings and the local Indian cuisine would please your tummy while you lose yourself in the aura of Baratang Island.

Best Time to Visit Baratang Island:

This island allures the tourists throughout the year but the best time to visit is from November to February. The calm sea during these month provide the best environment to experience the available water sports and go trekking in the undulation trails, and witness the awe of nature in its lap. The weather during these months is the most suitable to experience the USPs of this island to the fullest. It is generally advisable to avoid the visit during the monsoon season to avoid risk and travel hindrances. It is also advisable to wear light cotton clothes along with comfortable shoes because this island requires a lot of walking.

How to Reach Baratang Island:

Great Andaman Trunk Road is the path that leads you to Baratang Island from Port Blair. The duration of travel from Port Blair to Middle Strait is approx. 2.5 to 3 hours which is divided into two parts- from Port Blair to Jirkatang and then from Jirkatang to Bartang Island. It is important to note that two-wheelers are not permissible and thus, small four wheelers are the only option available to visit Baratang Island. The undulating topography may cause a little travel sickness but the scenic outdoors will woo your heart with ample of awe-striking natural beauty. You may also track Jawara tribe on your way along the roadside.

The types of transportation available for travelling are government bus from the STS Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar, private bus from Mohanpura Bus Terminal, taxi/ cabs from Veer Savarkar Airport and jetty from the Nilambur Jetty.

Government Bus: If you are willing to save out on travelling cost then you must consider taking a government bus from Port Blair from the STS Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar. These buses offers shared trips and aren’t equipped with air conditioners. The starting point of these buses is in the morning from Port Blair which covers Baratang Island, North and Middle Andamans. There is a possibility that the bus do not take a return trip to Port Blair on the same day so be prepared well in advance to board adifferent bus if you wish to return to Port Blair on the same day from Baratang. The only disadvantage of choosing government bus is that it does not pick you up from your location and hence, you would have to board it wither from the main Bus terminus or from some bus stops on the Andaman Grand Trunk Road. Thus, make sure you book your tickets will in advance and take a confirmation before you head towards Baratang Island.

Private Bus: These buses also start from Port Blair in the morning itself. They are well equipped with air conditioner because of which its fare is a bit more expensive as compared to that of the government buses. But if you want to ease your travel experience then you should try it out before giving it a second thought. In these buses, there is also the facility of special coaches for the one day Baratang trippers which have to be pre-booked. Like the government buses, these buses also do not cater the facility to pick you up from your location and hence, have to board it from a specific location as per the tickets and the nearest boarding location or from some bus stops on the Andaman Grand Trunk Road.

Government Ferry: Nilambur Jetty is the place from where you get a jetty to Baratang. The government and private buses can take you from Port Blair to this jetty. The ferry fare is very reasonable as it is government operated and takes only about 15 minutes to reach Baratang  which could be a time saver. The only problem is that this ferry doesn’t come back to Port Blair on the same day making it less preferred for the travel option for a one day trip. After this ferry drops the passengers at Baratang Island, it leaves for Havelock Island ( Swaraj Dweep ).

Private taxis/ cabs: This could be a more expensive yet an altogether comfortable experience for you as you make your way from Port Blair to Baratang Island. It is considered as a good option for the ones who are more prone to motion sickness because the bumpy rides can spoil your entire mood if not taken care of the health while travelling. A private cab/ taxi can be booked as per the number of passengers so if you are travelling with a small group, cabs/taxis which are generally 5-7 seater can do but if it’s a comparatively larger group then you can go for Tempo travellers.

Transportation of Baratang Island:

It is comparatively easy to travel in the Baratang Island than travelling to this island from Port Blair. There are various options available depending upon the number of people and individual convenience. Some different modes of transportation can be listed as:
Private Jeeps- These can take you to places like Mud Volcano from the Baratang Jetty.
Government Bus – It can give you a ride to sightseeing spots such as Mud Volcano and Baludera Beach.
Private Cars- The private cars or taxis can give you a one-time solution for all the travel matters on this island; from Port Blair to Baratang, around the island and then back.
It is important to note that scooter or bike rentals are not available on this Island and also, auto-rickshaws are also nowhere to be accessible on Baratang Island.

Duration of Stay in Baratang Island:

This tropical island unleashes one of the most treasurable attractions such as Limestone Caves, Mud Volcano, and Parrot Island. Most of the island can be covered in 2 days maximum but if you are time bounded then it is advisable to cover the major spots and make it a one day trip to satisfy your adventure hunger. Baratang Island is technically not a destination to take accommodation because of the inadequate stay facilities. Since there are only three guesthouses – APWD Guest House, Forest Guest House and Panchayat Guest House – and a private resort, Dew Dale, it is difficult to accommodate tourists and thus, may lead to an uneasy environment. Also, for night halt, a special permit is needed from the UT Administration.

People of Baratang Island:

According to the 2011 census of India, the Island has 5691 inhabitants. There are a twelve villages in Baratang in which the most popular ones namely are Adazig, Sunderghar, Nayaghar and Nilambur(HQ).The people residing in this location have a long history dating back to the late nineteenth century when the city of Ranchi was under political upheaval. The locals escaped and took refuge by converting themselves to Christianity who were further commanded to move to the forests of Andaman and Nicobar islands by the Britishers. They would great agriculture opportunity in Baratang Island so they stayed back here to cultivate crops. Since then, this Island is also the home to those refugees and their heirs along with Jarawa tribe who have their settlements along the Great Andaman Trunk Road, particularly in the Jarawa Tribe Reserve region. Make sure you do not intrude their privacy or interact with them, as it could lead to fine and imprisonment. Also, offering food or any objects and clicking their individual pictures or selfies is also prohibited by the Andaman administration.

Language of Baratang Island:

Most people know Hindi but they are not well versed with English. Since, this location is not a typical tourist destination, the lack of commercialisation has proven to be a drawback in term of language and communication. The crop cultivators of Ranchi and Jarawa tribe are the local residents of this place and hence, it is difficult to indulge in even small talks here without a proper guide.

Exploring Baratang Island:

Baratang Island is the place to embrace the full-fledged experience of a day out in the forest lands amongst the tribe and tremendous natural habitat. At every step ahead in your journey, it offers you a chance to gaze at the utopia of nature. It gives you a taste to cherish the basic lifestyle and spend a quality time staring at the nature than at your phones and devices. The tour can be a nirvana in your hectic lives where you can galvanise yourself from the worries of life.

The exploration of Baratang Island is one level up than its travel journey: it is definitely a treasure hunt in the vast green tropical island with lots of surprises boxed up on your way! You should not miss out on exploring these sites on your visit to Baratang Island:

Mangrove Creeks: The soothing boat ride floating amidst the thick mangrove creeks will definitely be once in a lifetime experience to grab onto. Lose yourself in the dawdling ride with you loved ones while you witness the variety of birds chirping and singing honey dipped melodies and animals gazing you with their timid eyes to set the ambience. It seems like a tunnel to heaven that leads to limestone caves, leaving you speechless with its overwhelming milieu with the streams of canopies and tree knots.

Mud Volcanoes: The most special attraction of this island is its mud volcanoes as they are the only active mud volcanoes present in India. Some of these mud volcanoes are also found in Diglipur which grabs the attention of almost every traveller. The tempting live volcanoes can drop your jaw with the clayey grey mud discharging from the mouth of the volcanoes. You can be relieved by knowing the fact that these volcanoes erupts natural gases like methane instead of molten lava. On your walk to these volcanoes, you shall also come across some intriguing and sporadic wildflowers and mushrooms.

Limestone Caves: The limestones caves will entice you with its stimulating and erratic shapes of stalagmites, stalactites and rock formations. These have been formed over the years of recurrent erosion by carbon dioxide dissolved water. You can have fun while you trek to this location after a delightful ride in the Mangrove creeks. It would take 30-minutes’ drive from Baratang and a 30 minutes trek (2 km) into the jungle to reach this location. The natural carving of these cool limestone caves are irresistible and can give you a magical experience to appreciate the creativity of mother earth. Here, you can also locate the crocodiles that rest near the swamps.

Parrot Island: Ever wondered what would it be like to visit a land full of vibrant parrots? Come and hear out the parrots of Baratang Island in their residence- Parrot Island. You can spot various types and colours of parrots along with few other variety of birds as they retrieve to their nests as the sun sets. The amalgamation of the crimson sky and flock of parrots is the perfect way to end your day with a blissful heart and lots of lovely memories. If you are bird watcher, then you can’t afford to miss out on this location.

Baludera Beach: A beach that brings you closer to solitude and nature: Baludera Beach. With less population and more serenity, this is a perfect place to relax and take a breath from your tour in Baratang Island. Make yourself comfortable by swimming in the low tides under the bright sky. The aura of this beach leaves you in awe and makes you want to spend your entire day lying around in leisure. This island is also a happening place in terms of some fun activities such as beachcombing and elephant ride which you can take as a gift wrapped up in the memory lane.

Hotels to Stay in Baratang Island:

Since Baratang Island is not a place to stay for longer and is not fully commercialised in order to maintain the natural and cultural significance, this island does not have many accommodation spots. The available ones are really comfortable and operate in a way that brings you closer to the natural way of living. The three best places to have a home like stay are:
Dew Dale Resort
Coral Creek Resort
Hotel Avis

Restaurants in Baratang Island:

The limited food places of Baratang Island offers you the Brest ethnic and local cuisine to warm your taste buds during your trip to this island. The rich taste of the naturally grown crops without added preservatives can change your perspective as a foodie. Some food stalls and small eateries are available near and around the Nilambur jetty, which serves mainly South-Indian and Bengali dishes as their core platter but the snacks and refreshments are adequately available for the tourists at every turn. The meals here are very much affordable along with a good taste that can make your day. The coconut water shall add life to your tiresome trekking and would help you to beat the heat of the scorching sun. Spicy cucumbers, lassis, and buttermilk are some other rejuvenating snacks that you can rely on while you dwell in the beauty of Baratang Island. The places that we would like you to try out are:
Dew Dale Restaurant
Jetty Hotel
AMS Restaurant
Port Canteen
Sujath Bar and Restaurant
Deeya Baroi Hotel

Connectvity in Baratang Island:

This island does not support proper connectivity and the tourists might suffer in keeping in touch but this is a good reason to keep the phones aside and indulge in admiring the nature. Here, BSNL is known to provide much better connectivity than any other networks. Also, it is advisable to the tourists to carry enough amount of cash to ease the trouble of withdrawing money from the ATM since there are limited number of ATM’s available which are generally out of cash because of multiple withdraws from tourists.

Healthcare and Safety in Baratang Island:

This island has a very limited access to proper and well equipped medical facilities but it is easy to connect with Port Blair which eases the emergency situations. Since, this island is on its developing stage, the health infrastructure is being improvised and taken care of by the health administration. Anyway, there are enough medical facilities to deal with medical issues and in case of some serious case, he patients are transferred to Port Blair. Homeopathy dispensaries are also available in this island which is a sign of progress.

In case of emergencies, you can feel free to dial these numbers to assist you in Baratang Island:
Baratang Hospital : 03192-279533
Baratang police station: 03192-279503

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