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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Trekking in Havelock Island

Trekking in Havelock Island
Date : 31 May 2023

Havelock Island is a picturesque tropical paradise located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. It is renowned for its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush greenery. With an area of approximately 113 square kilometers, it is the largest island in the Ritchie's Archipelago.

Havelock Island offers a serene environment, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The island is known for its diverse marine life, making it a haven for snorkeling and diving. The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to a wide variety of colorful fish, turtles, and other marine creatures.

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Overview of Available Flights and Ferries

Getting to Havelock Island typically involves a combination of flights and ferries. Here's an overview of the available transportation options:

  • Flights: To reach Havelock Island, travelers first need to fly to Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is well-connected to major cities in India, including Chennai, Kolkata, and Delhi. Airlines such as Air India, SpiceJet, and GoAir operate regular flights to Port Blair. The flight duration from the mainland to Port Blair varies depending on the departure city but typically ranges from 2 to 3 hours.
  • Ferries: Once in Port Blair, travelers can take a ferry to Havelock Island. There are two types of ferries available: government-operated and private ferries.
    • Government Ferries: The Directorate of Shipping Services (DSS) operates regular ferry services between Port Blair and Havelock Island. These ferries are economical but have limited seating capacity and fixed departure schedules. It is advisable to check the ferry timings and book tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.
    • Private Ferries: Several private ferry operators also offer services between Port Blair and Havelock Island. These ferries generally provide more flexibility in terms of departure timings and offer a faster journey compared to government ferries. Makruzz, Green Ocean, and Coastal Cruise are some of the popular private ferry operators serving the route.

  1. Ferry Timings and Duration: The ferry journey from Port Blair to Havelock Island takes approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the type of ferry and sea conditions. Government ferries typically have fixed departure timings in the morning and afternoon, while private ferries may have additional evening departures. It is advisable to check the ferry schedules in advance and plan the trip accordingly.

    Ticket Booking: Tickets for both government and private ferries can be purchased in advance either online or from the respective ticket counters in Port Blair. During peak tourist seasons, it is recommended to book ferry tickets well in advance to secure a seat.

    Best Time to Trek in Havelock Island

    The best time to trek in Havelock Island is during the dry season, which generally spans from November to April. Here's a breakdown of the seasons and their characteristics:

    • Winter (November to February): This is considered the peak tourist season in Havelock Island. The weather is pleasantly cool with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F). The skies are clear, and rainfall is minimal, creating ideal conditions for trekking. However, it's advisable to carry some warm clothing for cooler evenings.
    • Spring (March to April): Spring is another favorable time for trekking in Havelock Island. The temperatures start to rise, ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). The weather remains dry and sunny, allowing trekkers to enjoy their adventures without much concern for rain or excessive heat.

    Popular Trekking Trails

    Here are some of the well-known trekking trails on the island:

    • Kalapathar Beach Trek: The Kalapathar Beach trek is a mesmerizing trail that takes you through dense forests and leads to the secluded Kalapathar Beach. The trail is known for its picturesque landscapes, diverse flora, and occasional sightings of wildlife.
    • Radhanagar Forest Walk: This trail starts from Radhanagar Beach, one of Asia's most beautiful beaches, and takes you through a dense forest area. 
    • Mangrove Forest Trek: This trek provides a unique opportunity to explore the mangrove forests of Havelock Island. Starting from the village of Kalapathar, the trail winds through dense mangrove vegetation, offering glimpses of unique ecosystems and diverse wildlife.
    • Tamarind Camp to Lalaji Bay Trek: This longer and more challenging trek takes you from Tamarind Camp to Lalaji Bay, a secluded beach on the eastern side of Havelock Island.


    Essential Trekking Gear

    Here are some essential trekking gear items to consider:

    • Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack is crucial for carrying all your essentials during the trek. Choose a backpack with adjustable straps and proper padding to distribute the weight evenly on your shoulders and back.
    • Trekking Shoes: Invest in a good pair of trekking shoes that provide ankle support, traction, and comfort. Opt for waterproof or water-resistant shoes as the trails may encounter streams or wet areas. Make sure to break them in before the trek to avoid blisters.
    • Socks: Choose moisture-wicking socks that provide cushioning and minimize the risk of blisters. Carry extra pairs of socks to change if they become wet during the trek.

    Tips for Responsible Trekking

    Here are some tips to promote responsible trekking in Havelock Island:

    • Respect the Environment: Stay on designated trails and avoid venturing into restricted or sensitive areas. Refrain from littering and always carry a trash bag to collect your waste. Dispose of waste properly and leave no trace of your presence. Minimize your impact on flora and fauna by not disturbing or feeding wildlife.
    • Use Eco-Friendly Products: Opt for eco-friendly and biodegradable products whenever possible. Use refillable water bottles instead of single-use plastic bottles. Avoid single-use plastics such as straws and plastic bags. Choose biodegradable toiletries and use natural insect repellents to minimize chemical pollution.

    The Final Word

    Trekking in Havelock Island is an incredible opportunity to connect with nature, explore stunning landscapes, and create unforgettable memories. As you embark on your trekking adventure, it is important to approach it responsibly, ensuring that your actions have a positive impact on the environment and local communities.

    By respecting the environment, using eco-friendly products, and practicing responsible camping, you can minimize your ecological footprint and preserve the natural beauty of Havelock Island. Supporting local guides, businesses, and communities not only enriches your experience but also contributes to the sustainable development of the region.

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