From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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