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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White Surf Waterfall at Little Andaman

White Surf Waterfall at Little Andaman
Date : 22 Oct 2021

Counted among the most intriguing places to explore you can ever find in India, the Little Andaman Island is surrounded by miles and miles of sea. It is one of the best places in the country to experience the best beach vacation. Its clear blue waters are popular for unparalleled and awe-inspiring underwater diversity. However, the major part of the sea and habitats fall under the forest reserve. Its rich marine heritage is something that you should not miss at any cost during your visit to this lovely heaven on earth. The untouched Indian union territory is a storehouse of amazing surfing opportunities for adventure lovers from all over the world. Famous among explorers owing to water sports and natural splendor, no one can get bored on the island.

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Highlights of White Surf Waterfall

After the rainy season, the water is highest and the waterfall is voluminous. You can visit throughout the year and swim in the freshwater ponds. However, you should know in advance that saltwater crocodiles are spotted here. If you want to relax yet see something different in the Andaman Islands, then this waterfall is an incredible place to explore.

There are a few things that you should keep in mind when visiting White Surf Waterfall in order to avoid any end-minute hassle there. Be aware of the latest weather forecast reports from a reliable source before you head to Little Andaman Island. Keep your phone and wallet safe. Keep yourself alert and updated about your surroundings. Keep emergency contact numbers handy with yourself. It is highly recommended that you should have a local tour operator by your side if you want to explore a place in the best possible way. 

Highlights of White Surf Waterfall

Overview of White Surf Waterfall

An amazing tropical waterfall, White Surf Waterfall is tucked inside dense rainforests. It is located nearly seven kilometers from the Hut Bay town in Little Andaman. The falls used to be a huge waterfall before Little Andaman was hit by the Tsunami. But still, it is one of the main tourist attractions across the island. Locals say that the waterfall got divided into two smaller falls post the Tsunami earthquake and doesn’t carry as much water as earlier. However, the spot looks gorgeous even today. 

White Surf Waterfall is clean and surrounded by lush greenery. If you want to experience nature at its best, then take a walk through the deep woods to the waterfall. It is a pleasurable experience for sure. The entire place is filled with sounds of nature and you will feel that nature exists in its purest form here. 

Things to do in White Surf Waterfall

Things to do in White Surf Waterfall

You can trek to the top of White Surf Waterfall via a slippery terrain to reach a tiny pool. The stream settles here before falling down like a waterfall. During the hike, you will see signboards stating “Watch out for the crocodile”. You need to be a bit cautious about that and there are chances that you will spot these incredible creatures. 

While traveling from Port Blair to Hutbay Island, one can choose to stop at the magnificent White Surf Waterfall in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You will get an opportunity to meet the tribal people (known as Onge) on the island. Earlier, there were a large number of snakes and crocodiles but that is not the case anymore. The chances of spotting them are very low now.

South Andaman and Little Andaman are separated by Duncan Passage. Even though Little Andaman Island had lost its pace to the 2004 tsunami, it has now returned to its natural environment and is attracting more tourists than ever. Almost the entire island was ravaged at that time but it has bounced back now. A couple of small hotels and resorts have been also built. Of all the islands open to tourism in Andaman Island, it is one of the largest but its remote location makes it the least visited. If you travel to this hidden gem, then you will stumble across pristine beaches, waterfalls, oil palm plantations, and good surfing opportunities. The most fascinating thing is that if you are visiting Little Andaman Island during the off-season, then you will likely be the only tourist on the whole island! 

How to Reach White Surf Waterfall

A natural lovely hidden sight in the midst of an evergreen forest, White Surf Waterfall is located nearly seven kilometers from Hut Bay. You can easily reach there via the main road. You need to turn right before the island-only petrol station. You will reach the entrance after about a kilometer. The entry fee is Rs. 20 plus a parking ticket of Rs. 10 (two-wheelers), Rs. 20 (three-wheelers), and Rs. 30 (four-wheelers). 

You can easily reach Andamans by boarding a direct flight from any of the metro cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bangalore. There is only one airport there and it is in Port Blair, the capital town. It connects you to the rest of the island. The flights from Kolkata and Chennai take less time to reach the island. 

If you are in the planning stage of your vacation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all your bookings. A well-known and trusted tour agency, it is located in Port Blair and is committed to helping you in planning the holiday of your dreams as per your budget and requirements.

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