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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Underwater Photography in Andaman Islands

Underwater Photography in Andaman Islands
Date : 04 Apr 2023
Categories: Andaman Islands

A sanctuary for photographers, the Andaman Islands are renowned for their serene sunrise and sunsets, tranquil beaches, and silky white sands. But photography on land is just not it - the Islands are popular for underwater photography due it their crystal-clear waters. The wide variety of marine life, exquisite corals, and cobalt waters make them ideal for underwater photography. 

Whether you are traveling alone or in a group, we recommend you get some photographs clicked underwater. This way, you can capture memories and even brag about the amazing marine world that you experienced. And if you are thinking about a pre-wedding shoot, what could be more unique than getting photographed with your partner while making memories underwater? 

In this blog, we have shared some of the best locations for underwater photoshoots. Let’s jump into the details before you take a dive into the water for the photographs. 

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Why Choose the Right Spot?

You might be wondering if all photographs would be the same underwater, why it is so important to choose a diving spot. For starters, each spot has different depths, which means some are great for beginners but others are only for professional divers. 

Further, the variety of species found in these areas differs - while you may see more corals at one spot, you will be witnessing bigger fish in another. And all these factors will greatly contribute to your photographs. Thus, before you choose your diving spot for underwater photography, you should consider all these factors. 

Moreover, it is more than just photography. It will be a great diving experience for you and whoever takes the dive with you. Think of it as an adventure and ask yourself - what would be the most ideal spot for an amazing diving experience?

  1. The Slope

At this diving spot, the ridges are interspersed all the time with corals. You can even spot echinoderms, like sea cucumbers, brittle stars, cushion stars, and sea stars. Other species that may make your pictures even more beautiful are cardinalfish, fusiliers, damselfish, crustaceans, and mollusks. 

  1. Red Pillar

The clear waters of the Andaman Islands imply that not only are your pictures going to be great in terms of clarity but also amazing because of the variety of fishes that will enhance the background (maybe even the foreground). Some of the most vivid fish that can be spotted at this spot are angelfish, tigerfish, and clownfish. 

  1. Inchkeith Wreck

Great barracuda sometimes tend to emerge from the shadows. You will notice a huge propellor at the stern, which stands tall in 60 feet of water. Getting your photoshoot here can be different from other diving spots on Havelock Island. 

  1. Broken Ledge

The waters at this diving spot are home to marbled groupers, schooling longfin bannerfish, and turtles. You can even spot big fish such as yellowfin tunas, dogtooth, manta rays, marbled rays, and white-tip reef sharks. So if you choose this spot for diving, you can witness a large variety of fish besides getting exquisite shots from your underwater photographer.

  1. Jackson’s Bar

This diving spot is majorly populated by large pelagic fish. It is because of the strong currents at Jackson’s Bar as well as its location. In case it’s your first time diving, we recommend you consider another diving spot since strong currents can make it difficult for you. 

  1. Dixon’s Pinnacle

Home to the famous white-tip reef sharks, Dixon’s Pinnacle has a wide variety of fish that the camera’s lens and your eyes would love. These include batfish, sting rays, lionfish, trevally, manta ray, red-toothed triggerfish, green turtles, tunas, shrimps, moray eels, titan triggerfish, and large Napoleon wrasse.

  1. White House Rock

It is one of the most sought-after diving spots on the islands, which is why you should book your adventure and photographer at the earliest. The wide array of fish will leave you stunned. 

  1. Johnny’s Gorge

Do you love dolphins? Choose no other spot than Johnny’s Gorge. If you are fortunate, you will be greeted by some of these friendly creatures. Other than that, you’ll spot splendid schools of unicorn fish, queenfish, tuna, batfish, giant groupers, barracuda, Andaman sweetlips, snapper, trevally, and mackerel. 

  1. Minerva Ledge

Some of the most common sea dwellers here include sharks. In fact, due to the marine life here, Minerva Ledge is highly recommended for scuba divers.

  1. Barracuda City

Imagine underwater photographs with sea turtles. You’ll find these close to the corals. Now think about how beautiful your experience of diving here will be!

Give a Shot to All Kinds of Shots!

Before you take a dive, talk to your photographer about the kind of photographs you are expecting. Stay open to the ideas they have in mind - they’re professionals for a reason. Unlike pictures on land, underwater photography has a narrow range of options. You cannot change your poses much or the background. Moreover, being attached to an oxygen cylinder further means you will have minimum movement. 

Thus, ask about the kind of frames the photographer will be taking and the poses you can make underwater. They will not be able to guide you much during the shoot since you will only be talking in sign language. Also, consider getting all kinds of shots - close focus wide angle, 180-degree photos through a fisheye lens, and portrait shots.

You may think first that maybe a wide angle is not your thing or a portrait isn’t. But you cannot go back later to get the right shots (technically you can, but why do it the second time when you can do it during your first shot at it). So it’s best to ask your photographer to experiment with all kinds of shots. Later, once you get a copy of these photographs, you can then sort the ones you like.

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