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 Videography in Andaman Islands

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

The Andaman Islands is popular for their clear waters, which makes them ideal for underwater videography. So if you are preparing for a trip to the islands, we recommend you take into account getting a video of you underwater. Whether you are going to perform water sports or going to propose to your soulmate in the ocean, capturing the moment in the form of a video is a must. 

In case it is your first time diving or snorkeling, you should definitely consider hiring a videographer. Although the experience itself will be etched in your memory forever, it is best to shoot it since this way, you will be able to show it to your friends and family. Not to mention, every time you watch it on your own, you will be revisiting the beautiful memory. 

Are you overwhelmed by the idea of underwater videography and have no clue how to go about it? If so, don’t worry because we have got you covered. In this blog, we have shared the specifics of underwater videography in the Andaman Islands. Let’s jump right to the details.

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Why Shoot a Video Underwater in the Andaman Islands?

First of all, there are numerous diving spots in the Andamans, which are ideal for beginners as well as experts. So irrespective of your diving expertise, you can perform underwater sports here. And unlike photographs, where it has to be the perfect moment and several shots have to be taken, videos are less time-consuming and always better. Besides, the fish moving in the water while you dive or snorkel are perfect for shooting a video. Not to mention, the clear waters of the Andamans make them ideal for underwater videography. 

In case you are planning to exchange rings underwater with your partner, the Andaman Islands are the best. Besides the clarity, the rich marine life will make the videos perfect. And since your close ones will not be around you to witness one of the biggest moments of your life, it is best you get a video shot for them to watch later. 

Irrespective of your motive behind going underwater - whether it is to exchange rings or simply to perform watersports - recording videos is better than capturing photos. This is especially true underwater. Imagine everything is perfect including your pose and the fish in the backdrop. And suddenly, when the shutter is clicked, a sudden surge or wave results in a blurry picture. Now that is not a problem when you are shooting a video. In fact, a sudden wave in the video will provide an amazing effect. 

Even better, you will have over 600 frames to choose from even after a 10-minute video. Now you decide, which sounds better - shooting a video or clicking photographs?

Underwater Videography – Water Sports

You can perform a variety of water sports in the Andamans. And as thrilling as they are, imagine recording your moments of adventure in the form of a video. Sounds exciting, right? 

In Andamans, you can get a video shot by a professional while performing two sports - diving and snorkeling. All you need to do is choose a diving spot and hire the right videographer and you are all set.

  1. Diving: Whether you go for a plunge into the water or perform scuba diving, the adventurous sport is going to be a memorable one. And when it comes to diving in the Andamans, there is a wide variety of flora and fauna that will amaze you. As a matter of fact, each diving spot is famous for different kinds of diving experiences and fish populations. The beauty of the marine world will leave you stunned. Now just imagine getting a video of yourself among the rich marine life and being able to see it later to refresh memories.
  1. Snorkeling: In case you do not wish to go deeper underwater and yet want to experience the marine world, snorkeling is the water sport you should go for. And just like a video shoot while diving, recording a video in snorkeling can be significant. The fish that will pass through you, the sudden waves, and the abundance of corals will all add to the beauty of your video. 

Whether you are diving or snorkeling, witnessing the world underwater will be a memorable experience for you. Recording it will give you the power to share it on social media as well as with your friends and family. 

Getting a 2-minute video for Instagram or YouTube in edited and raw form in the Andamans will cost you INR 8,000. The overall shoot will take 30 minutes. Remember to pay careful attention to the instructions provided by your instructor before taking the plunge. 

Elephant Beach - Water Sports Shoot

While there are several diving spots in the Andamans, one of the most sought-after places is Elephant Beach due to its rich marine life. You can undertake a number of water sports here, such as jet skiing, sofa boat riding, banana boat riding, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, and swimming. 

After a 180-minute shoot of you performing water sports, you can get a 4-minute edited video along with raw data. The same will cost you INR 15,000. 

Underwater Videography – Ring Exchange 

Do you want to go big on your wedding proposal? What’s better than exchanging rings underwater? Provided you and your partner are not afraid of water! So if you are wondering how you will capture one of the greatest moments of your life, stop worrying. You can hire a professional videographer at just INR 10,000 for 30 minutes. As a result, you will get a two-minute edited video of the proposal besides the raw data. 

When Do You Plan to Take the Plunge?

Now that you know everything about underwater videography in the Andamans, when are you planning to visit the islands for an experience of a lifetime? Remember to pay special attention to your diving instructor as well as the videographer for the best results. 

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