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 the Andaman Islands

Trekking in the Andaman Islands
Date : 31 May 2023
Categories: Andaman Islands

The Andaman Islands, located in the Bay of Bengal, are a mesmerizing archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Known for their breathtaking natural beauty, these islands boast pristine beaches, lush forests, and a rich marine ecosystem. With a tropical climate and a diverse range of flora and fauna, the Andaman Islands offer a unique and enchanting environment for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. The islands are home to indigenous tribes, each with its own distinct culture and heritage. 

Trekking is an exhilarating outdoor activity that involves exploring natural landscapes on foot. It is a form of adventure travel that allows individuals to immerse themselves in the beauty of untouched terrains and experience the thrill of conquering challenging trails. Trekking offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, and challenge personal limits. It requires physical endurance, mental resilience, and a spirit of exploration. 

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So if you want to go trekking in the Andaman Islands, keep reading this article to find out everything about it. 

The Andaman Islands: A Trekker's Paradise

The Andaman Islands are truly a trekker's paradise, offering a plethora of natural wonders and adventurous trails to explore. With their untouched beauty and diverse landscapes, these islands provide an unparalleled experience for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path trekking adventure.

One of the captivating aspects of trekking in the Andaman Islands is the sheer geographical diversity they possess. From pristine white sandy beaches and turquoise waters to dense tropical rainforests and rugged hills, the islands offer a wide range of terrains to traverse. Trekking through these varied landscapes allows trekkers to witness stunning panoramic views, discover hidden caves, and encounter unique flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.

Popular Trekking Routes in the Andaman Islands

  1. Trekking options for beginners
  • North Bay to Mount Harriet: This is a relatively easy trek that takes you from North Bay Island to Mount Harriet, the highest peak in the Andaman Islands. Along the way, you'll pass through lush forests, enjoy stunning coastal views, and have the opportunity to spot exotic bird species.
  • Chidiya Tapu to Munda Pahar: Starting from Chidiya Tapu, known as the "Bird Island," this trek leads you to Munda Pahar, a hill offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding islands. The trek is moderate in difficulty and rewards you with mesmerizing sunsets and a chance to spot various bird species.
  1. Moderate-level trekking routes
  • Diglipur to Saddle Peak: This moderate-level trek takes you through the forests of Diglipur to the summit of Saddle Peak, the highest point in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The trail is known for its rich biodiversity, including endemic flora and fauna. The trek offers stunning views of the surrounding islands and the opportunity to explore the unique ecosystem.
  • Baratang Island - Limestone Caves Trek: Baratang Island is famous for its limestone caves, and this trek offers a thrilling experience through dense forests to reach these natural wonders. The trek involves crossing creeks and walking on wooden planks, adding an element of adventure to the journey. Inside the caves, you'll witness stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations.
  1. Advanced-level treks
  • Long Island to Lalaji Bay: This advanced-level trek begins from Long Island and takes you through dense forests, mangrove swamps, and secluded beaches to reach Lalaji Bay. The trek can be challenging, involving steep ascents and descents, river crossings, and camping in the wilderness. The reward is the pristine beach at Lalaji Bay, where you can relax and enjoy the untouched beauty.
  • Mount Harriet to Madhuban: For experienced trekkers seeking a challenging adventure, the trek from Mount Harriet to Madhuban is an excellent choice. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding islands and takes you through dense forests, uphill climbs, and rocky terrain. Along the way, you'll have the chance to spot unique wildlife species, including the Andaman wild pig and the Andaman serpent eagle.

Steps to Obtain Permits for Trekking

  • Research and plan your trekking route: Determine the specific trekking routes you intend to explore in the Andaman Islands. It's essential to gather information on the permits required for those particular routes.
  • Contact local authorities or trekking agencies: Reach out to the Andaman and Nicobar Administration or authorized trekking agencies for detailed information regarding the permits needed for your chosen routes. They can provide guidance on the specific permits required and the application process.
  • Complete the permit application form: Obtain the necessary permit application form from the Andaman and Nicobar Administration or authorized agencies. Fill in the required details accurately, including personal information, trekking dates, and the chosen route.
  • Provide supporting documents: Prepare the required supporting documents, which may include a copy of your passport, visa, itinerary, and a letter of undertaking stating your understanding and commitment to following the rules and regulations during the trek.

Benefits of Hiring Local Guides for Trekking Expeditions

  • Local knowledge and expertise: Local guides possess in-depth knowledge of the Andaman Islands, including the terrain, flora, fauna, and cultural heritage. They can provide valuable insights, navigate challenging trails, and enhance your overall trekking experience.
  • Safety and emergency preparedness: Experienced local guides are well-versed in local safety protocols, weather conditions, and potential risks. They can assess and mitigate risks, ensuring your safety throughout the trek. In case of emergencies, they can provide immediate assistance and coordinate rescue operations, if needed.
  • Cultural immersion and interpretation: Local guides can offer cultural insights, share stories about the indigenous tribes, and help you understand the local customs and traditions. This adds depth and authenticity to your trekking experience.
  • Support local communities: By hiring local guides, you contribute to the local economy and support sustainable tourism practices. Local guides often have strong connections with local communities and can ensure that your trekking activities have a positive impact on the environment and local livelihoods.

Let’s Go Trekking!

When you go trekking in the Andaman Islands, be prepared with the right gear, follow responsible trekking practices, and respect the environment and local culture. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders, capture breathtaking views, and create unforgettable memories in this tropical paradise.

So, pack your bags, tie your shoelaces, and get ready to explore the captivating trails, lush forests, and pristine beaches of the Andaman Islands. Let the beauty of nature, the thrill of adventure, and the warmth of the local hospitality make your trekking journey an unforgettable one. Start planning and get ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure in the Andaman Islands!

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