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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Want To Explore Cinque Island in Andaman Island? Here’s a Quick And Handy Guide to Explore This Hidden Paradise

Want To Explore Cinque Island in Andaman Island? Here’s a Quick And Handy Guide to Explore This Hidden Paradise
Date : 30 Oct 2020
Categories: Travel Guide

Do you know the Andaman Islands, the union territory of India located in the Bay of Bengal, comprise nearly 600 islands, islets, and rocks? Among these, only around 40 are inhabited to date. Along with major tourist attractions, there are so many other pristine islands also that are capable of mesmerising travellers from around the world. One of them is Cinque Island that promises 360-degree entertainment to you whether you are a history buff, a beach bum, or an adrenaline junkie. Here, you have the most fabulous photo opportunities, enthralling water sports activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and so many others, along with secluded destinations that are waiting to get explored by adventurers like you.

Cinque Island is known for its untouched coral reefs and turquoise waters. It is among the loveliest islands in the Andaman Islands. Adorned by the shimmering crystal clear waters and enclosed by the lush-green jungles, this island is a land of hidden treasure. With enormous diving options and lazing down at the white sandy beaches, there is a vast option for the water babies to enjoy and explore around. The hidden paradise of Cinque Island is yet to come into limelight for most of the people. Segregated into North Cinque and South Cinque Islands, it is an untouched beauty of the Andaman Islands that every nature enthusiast must include in the travel itinerary.

If you crave sunny skies, white silky sand beaches, azure waters and swaying trees, then Cinque Island is the best travel destination for you in India. This full-fledged guide will help you in enjoying your tropical vacation to the country’s best-kept secret in the best way.

If you are also seeking that thrill and natural splendor, then choose Andaman Island Travels to design the best Andaman Island tour package for you. Whether you want to see the most popular points of interest or explore the unexplored, just brief its experienced team and they will give you nothing but the best!

Let us expand your horizons giving you ideas about what all you can do here and make it a superb beach vacation. Here is a detailed guide to know more about Cinque Island and escape to the gorgeous land of white sandy beaches and azure waters. Are you ready to embark on the most incredible journey of your life? Just hop on!

About Cinque Island

This part of the archipelago remains untouched and inhabited as it rests at a distance of 26 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital city. This island is further divided into North and South Cinque islands. It is located between the Passage and Duncan Island towards the north side. These islands also share boundaries with Wandoor Marine National Park. It is a charming experience to explore this place. Cinque Island is home to the beautiful surroundings along with some of the rich and exotic marine life which includes coral reefs, fishes and turtles, and starfishes. Adrenaline junkies, good news for you. The depths of the waters are waiting to be explored by scuba diving that is guided and instructed by the PADI divers. You can also try other water activities like sea walking and snorkeling. There are so many things to do here in this isolated haven. You are sure to fall in love with its splendor.

Being a solo traveller, one of the primary thoughts in one’s mind is ‘Does this place have enough engaging and enthralling activities to keep me occupied happily?” When you think of Cinque Island, the loveliest part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the answer to this question is a resounding ‘Yes!”. The island is a piece of paradise on earth and a perfect destination for solo travellers, especially if you are a nature lover or an adrenaline junkie. If you love to explore places on your own, then a visit to Cinque Island is likely to be the most unforgettable and awesome trip on your travel list. Its beauty and magnificence are appreciated all across the world owing to its oozing gorgeousness.

Cinque Island is a highly preferred travel destination among honeymooners and families because of its natural marvels. But you should know that the island has a lot to offer to a solo traveller as well. The place is extremely safe for everyone. Let’s dive right into its awesomeness and see how you can have the best time here during your solo trip.

Best time to visit Cinque Island

You should be aware of the best time to visit Cinque Island. It enjoys a tropical climate and thus, it is a year-round destination. It is an amazing travel destination for all kinds of people. It is a perfect spot for both- adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. If you want to enjoy each and everything here, then make sure that you visit it when the weather is pleasant so that you can try all the water sports as well. October to May is a good time to visit this place, as during this time, you can go for all the enthralling activities as well as relax at the azure beaches without stressing about rain. Make the most of your beach holiday by relaxing at the pristine beaches, trying the local cuisine, and indulging in various water activities.

Things you should know about Cinque Island

  • While you are traveling to this island, you may get bothered by mobile connectivity. The Reliance and Jio networks cannot reach here and the only network that works at this island is the Vodafone as compared to other networks. However, there is no guarantee of that as well.
  • Quick medical facilities are available in Cinque Island despite being inhabited. The tour operators carry a first aid kit in case of emergencies. Also, the island is close to the Gandhi Marine National Park that makes it easily accessible to medical aid. In case of special medications, it is highly recommended to carry your own medicines in order to avoid any mishap.
  • It is suggested to visit the place only during the day and at very specific timings as the island is inhabited. At regular intervals, charter speed boats are available to travel from Chidiya Tapu. It is a journey of two and a half hours for one way. It is better to leave for the island in the early morning and spend the whole day. You can indulge yourself in some enthralling activities and return in the evening.
  • Carry some food items with yourself as the island is inhabited and you will not find any restaurants there.
  • Cinque Island is a hub of water adventure sports. You can do so many activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, etc. along with exploring the untouched beauty of marine life.

How to reach Cinque Island?

It takes two hours from Chidiyatapu and nearly four hours from Wandoor via boat to reach this charming island. However, the boat service is not regular. Also, special permission from the Forest Department has to be taken to visit Cinque Island.

Cinque Island is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island rests within the vicinity of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. There are so many simple ways to reach from Port Blair to Cinque Island.

The Port Blair international airport, Veer Savarkar International Airport, is the nearest airport from Port Blair. You can reach Port Blair in nearly four hours as it is connected t all the major cities and towns. After reaching Port Blair, you will be required to take a boat or a chartered ferry that transfers to Cinque Island. These ferries run on the same route multiple times a day.

Don’t you want to escape to this unexplored heaven and get set in a mood to holiday at the beaches? Do keep this handy and quick guide with you while you travel to Cinque Island and when you are on your trip to the Andaman Islands.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Cinque Island

Question: What is the ticket fare of a boat from Port Blair?

Answer: The cost of the ferry varies according to the season. If you are traveling through a travel agent, then the cost is usually included in the package.

Question: From where one can take a ferry to reach Cinque Island?

Answer: To reach Cinque Island, taking a ferry is the cheapest and best option. You can take a ferry from Chidiya Tapu point and enjoy the ride. These ferries run at frequent intervals to and fro from the island.

Question: Which are the best resorts to stay in Cinque Island?

Answer: The island is an uninhabited place that is located inside the premises of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Therefore, there are no resorts pr hotels on the island. Tourists are only allowed for day trips.

Question: What to carry while visiting Cinque Island?

Answer: The island is a tropical region. In order to make sure that your skin is saved from getting tanned, keep a sunscreen, swimsuit, extra set of clothes along with basic medications.

Cinque Island is a fascinating virgin island in the South Andaman Islands region. It is surrounded by turquoise blue waters and a shore full of white sands. The two island portions of North and South Cinque Islands are connected by a spectacular sand bar. It was once broken and affected by the tsunami but has reformed naturally over the years. It is a wonderful sight!

The Cinque Islands are untouched and undisturbed that keep the corals and the other underwater wonders intact and uninterrupted. South Cinque Island is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor. Making it a sanctuary, the island is home to a diverse variety of coral reefs, sea anemones, seaweeds, water snakes, turtles, vibrant colored fishes, and starfishes. There are different species of bird population which are unaffected and free. These islands support ecotourism also special permits are required to visit this place. Cinque Island is ranked as one of the most untouched visitable islands as the permits to visit it are available rarely and the cost of charter boats is high. Thus, it is lesser touched by travellers.

White sandy beaches, blue-green waters and tropical forests- all this personifies the natural and serene beauty of Cinque Island, the most beautiful island in India. It is the most gorgeous place if we talk about honeymoon destinations in India. No other place can be compared with this stunning island. Whatever you desire for, lazing on the beach or going for water adventure activities, the island is going to offer you. While you are on your honeymoon, don’t forget to visit this paradise and start the new chapter of life with your significant other.

Cinque Island has the right amount of seclusion. Newlyweds want to go to such places during their honeymoon period that don’t have crowds and have immense beauty. The tropical weather and vibes of the island make it a perfect romantic spot. You can spend quality time here amidst the splendor of this destination. Being a group of islands, Andaman Island is not a part of the mainland and thus, is not that much populated. Its natural charm and incredible views are sure to fascinate both of you. Strolling on the seashore and cherishing the loveliest sunset together is a perfect way to bond over.

The island is also the hub of water adventure activities. Cinque Island has the most gorgeous beach in the Andaman Islands. Its spectacular beach is a treat for everyone’s senses. Here, you can simply relax under the sun or go for a swim in the turquoise waters. The beach is popular for scuba diving and snorkeling. So if you are an adrenaline junkie (or not), then you are going to have the best time of your life here. You will get tons of opportunities to spend some quality time.

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