Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • 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 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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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Zoological Survey of India Museum

Date : 05 Aug 2021

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to a number of museums offering diversity to tourists. Along with being a fun destination, the islands are known for giving so much information and knowledge to the visitors. Among several museums in the Andamans, the Zoological Survey of India Museum is a museum that is located in Port Blair. It showcases a wide range of collections from the world of zoology. If you are a research student, scientist, or animal enthusiast, then you are especially going to love this place. The museum houses marine life, other mammals, reptiles, and birds that are native to the island.

Known for an amazing wildlife collection, there is no entrance fee to visit the Zoological Survey of India Museum in Port Blair. It is a great place to learn about marine life and its importance in our lives. Visiting time is from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days. However, on Sundays, the museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. You will need nearly an hour to explore the whole place. Photography and pets are not allowed inside the premises. 

Highlights

What sets the Zoological Survey of India Museum apart from other museums is the display of wonderful butterflies, beetles, mammals, and birds. Right from the size of mustard to ones that are 5 centimeters long, you can see beetles of all sizes here. The bird section here is incredible. There are stuffed specimens of parakeets, hawks, etc. When it comes to marine specimens, you will have a lot to see at the Zoological Survey of India Museum. The displays are well-labeled and are complete with genetic and species names. The museum gives you are sneak-peek into the assorted animals and plants that the island is home to. Although open throughout the year, the best time to visit the museum is from November to April. In general, it is the preferable time to travel to the Andaman Islands. 

Overview

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There are a number of museums in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that offer something different to their visitors. A lot to see in Port Blair, Zoological Survey of India Museum usually does not fit the tourist radar. However, if you have enough time in your hand, then you should pay a visit to this informative museum. It is situated in the same building as the Zoological Survey of India office. The museum showcases a diverse range of collections from the zoological world. It is like a paradise for research scientists and zoology students. Along with marine life, you will see a number of reptiles, lizards, butterflies, beetles, sponges, corals, butterflies, centipedes of different sizes, and birds that are unique to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Preserved specimens of parakeets, a small parrot with green plumage and long tail, can also be seen here. Anemones, starfish, and hawk with labeled displays showcasing their genetic information are some of the highlights here. All the species are captured from the nearby waters of the Bay of Bengal. The guidelines for their preservation are given by the department of marine life in India.

Nearby attractions

When you are free from the Zoological Survey of India Museum, then you visit nearby tourist attractions. Some of the most popular ones are as follows:

  • Cellular Jail
  • Samudrika Marine Museum
  • Fisheries Museum
  • Andaman Teal House
  • Jolly Buoy Island
  • Chidiya Tapu
  • Ross Island
  • Corbyn’s Cove Beach
  • North Bay Island
  • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

Nearby hotels

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There are a number of good hotels that are located near the Zoological Survey of India Museum. One can book a hotel at Foreshore Road, Aberdeen Bazaar, Junglighat, Goal Ghar, Middle Point, Dollygunj, or Phoenix Bay. If you choose to stay anywhere in these locations, then you will have the option to go out and explore the place locally. However, the hotel tariff is on a higher-end here. Properties in the capital town cater to all kinds of requirements. Whether you are on a budget trip or a luxury holiday, the hotels and resorts here are perfect for you. 

The tariff varies between peak and low depending on the tourist seasons. Make your booking in advance as the prices may shoot up during peak season and the best properties may get full quite soon. Below-mentioned is a fair idea of the accommodation tariff in Port Blair:

  • Low Budget- INR 500- 3000 (per night)
  • Mid-range- INR 4000- 8000 (per night)
  • Premium stays- INR 9000- 12000 (per night)

Some of the best hotels and resorts nearby the Zoological Survey of India Museum are as follows:

  • Hotel Kavitha Regent
  • Hotel Rhishabh
  • Hotel TSG Emerald View
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
  • J Hotel 
  • Hotel Aparupa
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Peerless Sarovar Portico
  • The North Reef
  • Hotel Silver Spring
  • Hotel TSG Grand
  • Hotel SR Castle
  • Hotel Luxor Grand
  • Sea Shell Resorts
  • ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
  • Keys Select Hotel Aqua Green
  • Sea Princess Beach Resort

Nearby eateries 

You can have a delicious meal at any of these restaurants that are nearby the Zoological Survey of India Museum:

  • New Lighthouse Residency
  • Annapurna Restaurant
  • Ananda Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
  • Rola Costa Restaurant & Juice Center
  • Gagan Restaurant
  • Icy Spicy family Restaurant
  • Sea Food Delight
  • Cafe Down Under
  • TRIO - The family restaurant
  • Bella Bay Dinner Cruise 
  • Anju Coco Family Restaurant 
  • Rajasthani Dhaba
  • Happy Belly
  • Gem Continental

How to reach

Reaching the Zoological Survey of India Museum in Port Blair is very simple. It is nearly six kilometers from Veer Savarkar International Airport and three kilometers from Aberdeen Bazar (Port Blair bus terminus). You can go there by auto or take a bus that starts from Port Blair bus terminal or Aberdeen Bazar towards Haddo or Chatham. 

Address: 11 Horticulture, Road, Haddo, Port Blair- 744102, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Contact number: +91-3192237582; +91-3192230115

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