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 Photoshoot in Andaman

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

Are you planning a trip to the Andamans? Well then once you are set with the itinerary, and tickets, and are done packing your bags, you should consider an underwater photoshoot. Going to the Andaman Islands means you will obviously be experiencing life underwater. So why not capture some pictures? Whether it is just for the sake of memories or your social media, you should definitely think about getting an underwater photoshoot. 

Underwater photography will give you pictures like never before - the aqua background, diving suit, and equipment will all provide a feeling of a luxurious journey. Besides, the waters in Andamans are so clear that this is the perfect place for photography. 

So now that you seem interested, let’s jump right to the details of underwater photography in the Andaman Islands. Not only will we discuss the different places where you can think about getting the shoot but also share the prices for these underwater photoshoots. Let’s dive right into the details, shall we?

Our Package

Why Underwater Photography in Andamans?

Prior to getting into the specifics of the places where underwater photoshoots can take place, let us first give you a few reasons why you should take underwater photography in the Andamans into account. 

The islands are popular for their cobalt waters, tranquil sunsets and sunrises, serene beaches, and silky white sands, which make them a paradise for photographers. They are ideal for memorable photographs since there are numerous destinations here that are marvelous natural wonders. Not only will you love the photographs you get clicked underwater but also adore them for a lifetime since they will serve as your memory of experiencing marine life. 

Besides, the clarity of the waters is another reason why you should get your underwater photographs here while diving or snorkeling. The marine life as well as the subject of the pictures - everything in these waters is crystal. 

Everything About Underwater Shoot

When you opt for an underwater shoot in the Andamans, you will get 30 minutes for the shoot. This can take place while you perform any underwater activity, whether it is diving or snorkeling. This will cost you INR 8,000, which is pretty reasonable, considering the fact that you are going to get something as a result that you will cherish forever. Once you are done, you will get a 2-minute edited video, which can be for Instagram or YouTube based on your preference. Additionally, you will also be provided with a raw video. 

In case you and your partner love the ocean, there is no better place to propose to them than doing it underwater in the Andaman Islands. And such a big moment MUST be recorded at any cost. After all, you got to show it to your friends and family. 

So if you are planning to exchange rings here, you can opt for the “Underwater Shoot - Ring Exchange” package. Billed at INR 10,000, this package includes 30 minutes of the shoot, where you will get a 2-minute edited video (Instagram/YouTube) along with a raw video. 

Places for Performing Water Sports

  1. Elephant Beach

There are several kinds of water sports that can be performed at Elephant Beach in the Andamans. These include banana boat rides, jet skis, sofa boat rides, fishing, and swimming. Nonetheless, the best of all are underwater sports like diving and snorkeling. All agencies organize these activities here. 

In case you are a first-time diver, we recommend you perform the sport here. The myriad of marine life will leave you stunned. There are several vibrant small fish and thousands of clownfish. And if you are fortunate enough, you may even spot a stingray. Not to mention, all these colors will be perfect for your photographs. 

Furthermore, you can also opt for “Elephant Beach Water Sports Shoot” if you plan to perform other water sports other than underwater as well. Priced at INR 15,000, you will be provided with a 4-minute edited video and a raw video. And unlike other shoots mentioned above, the duration for this shoot is 180 minutes.

  1. Mac Point

The Mac Point can be reached by you by boat and is perfect for photoshoots due to the rich marine life. The place is abundant with small schools of fish and hard corals. Dugong, also known as the sea cow, which is the capital animal of the islands, can also be spotted here. 

  1. The Wall

Among the most famous diving spots in the Andaman Islands is The Wall. It is a giant underwater rock that goes as deep as 56 meters and provides a highly unique view of marine life. Encompassed with greatly abundant marine life and soft corals, the spot is perfect if you are looking for an amazing diving experience on the islands besides stunning photoshoots. 

  1. Seduction Point

If you are in search of something new, consider diving at Seduction Point, which is known for its uniqueness. And in case you are already a diver and it is not your first time, you should definitely give this spot a try. The dense population of hard staghorn corals along with Napoleons will offer a view that will be etched in your memory forever. 

  1. Aquarium

The clear waters of the Aquarium are a blessing for those who are looking forward to an underwater photoshoot. Not to mention, the clarity also implies that you will get to witness the rich flora and fauna properly. While performing underwater sports, you will spot large schools of fish on fringing reefs. 

Where Are You Going to Go for an Underwater Photoshoot?

The prices for underwater photoshoots are quite affordable, especially if you are here in Andamans to experience the underwater world. So now that you are aware of the places that are perfect for underwater photoshoots, which spot are you going to choose for your diving experience and which package do you find the best for your shoot? 

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