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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About Chatham Island

Have you selected to visit Andaman and Nicobar’s Port Blair toward the South of the Andaman Islands? Well, if yes, you must book your day at Chatham Islands, nearby Port Blair. Not only can you get mesmerized by the blue skies and night stars but also visit the Chatham Saw Mill which has its historic trails-- ready to take you back in time. The mill holds significant importance as one of Asia's oldest and largest sawmills, offering an insightful experience into the region's industrial past. Chatham Islands, with its natural beauty and historical allure, promises a memorable and enriching experience for you. 

About Chatham Island

Hey there! Let me take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Chatham Island! Initially known as Mark Island, it caught the attention of Lt. Archibald Blair, who started a colony here in 1783. 

Although later moved to North Andaman, the British decided to establish a settlement here in 1857. Over time, it flourished, boasting Asia's largest sawmill. During World War 2, the Japanese took over, but the RAF aircraft bravely bombed their establishment. 

The British then reclaimed and rebuilt the island. After independence, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, India's first president, graced it with his visit. 

Lastly, on the 150th anniversary of settlement, the incredible memorial column celebrated the arrival of the 1st batch of Freedom Fighters. The incredible museum set up by the Forest Department on your heritage tour of Andaman is a must-visit!

About Chatham Island Saw Mill

It’s a good choice if you want to visit the Chatham Island Saw Mill. Back in 1883, this mill was established to cater to the local demand for sawn timber, aiding construction in the region. Although it faced setbacks during the Second World War when it was destroyed by bombs, it has been rebuilt to its former glory. Today, you can explore this fascinating site between 8 am to 2:30 pm, any day except Sundays and public holidays. Take your time, as experiencing the entire place usually requires two to three hours. Admission is affordable, with only Rs. 10 per head. If you prefer a guided tour, it's just Rs. 50 extra.

About Chatham Island Saw Mill 

How to reach the Chatham Saw Mill?

The Chatham Saw Mill, situated on Chatham Island in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, is a historically significant and popular tourist attraction. To reach this iconic site, visitors have multiple transportation options available.

For travelers arriving from distant locations, the fastest way to reach Port Blair is by air. Veer Savarkar International Airport (IXZ) serves as the primary gateway to the islands, with regular flights connecting it to major cities like Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai. The airport is well-equipped, ensuring a comfortable arrival for passengers.

Alternatively, for those seeking a more adventurous journey, reaching Port Blair by sea is an option. Passenger ships operate from Chennai, Kolkata, and Visakhapatnam. Although this mode of transportation takes longer, it offers a unique and picturesque experience, especially for sea enthusiasts.

Once in Port Blair, Chatham Saw Mill is easily accessible within the city. The mill, which holds historical significance as Asia's largest and oldest sawmill, sits on Chatham Island, connected to Port Blair by a bridge. The distance from the city center to the sawmill is approximately 5-6 kilometers.

For local transportation, tourists can hire taxis or auto-rickshaws to reach the mill from their point of arrival in Port Blair. Many visitors prefer renting scooters or motorcycles, providing them with flexibility and freedom to explore other attractions in the city as well.

The Chatham Saw Mill's historical value, coupled with its picturesque setting, makes it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Exploring the mill offers a unique insight into the region's industrial past and the beauty of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, making it an enriching experience for every traveler.

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Things To Do In And Around Chatham Saw Mill

Whether you are alone, with friends or family, planning a day out from Port Blair to Chatham Islands and around, will add a good impression to your travel list. It is because this place offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

  1. Saw Mill Museum:
    Inside the museum, you'll find a treasure trove of historical photographs documenting the mill's journey through time, along with unique souvenirs and handicrafts made from timber. You can take a leisurely stroll around the mill to witness the logs waiting to be transformed into beautiful Padauks, furniture, and wooden handicrafts. You can grab the chance to spot the bomb pits left behind by the Japanese during their wartime actions, each carrying a silent story of the island's history. For an enriching experience, consider hiring a guide who will take you on a memorable tour, providing insights and anecdotes about this extraordinary place. The whole adventure usually takes just about an hour and a half, leaving you with lasting memories of this remarkable destination.

  2. Anthropological Museum:
    If you're looking for an exciting and insightful experience around Chatham Saw Mill, don't miss the Anthropological Museum! It's a fantastic opportunity to learn about the fascinating indigenous tribal communities of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    Inside the museum, you'll find a rich collection of portraits, models, and photographs that shed light on the unique lifestyles and cultures of the four Negrito Tribes (Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese, and Onges) and the two Mongoloid Tribes (Nicobarese and Shompens). It's a truly eye-opening experience!

    The museum is open from 09:00 AM to 01.00 PM and 01.30 PM to 04.30 PM, except on Mondays and all Government holidays. So, plan your visit accordingly to make the most of this educational and enriching opportunity. 

    Have a fantastic time exploring the Anthropological Museum and engaging yourself in the island's diverse heritage!

  3. North Bay Island Andaman:
    The North Bay Island near Port Blair is a hidden gem near Port Blair with beautiful crystal-clear waters and a stunning white sandy beach shaded by tropical trees. You'll love the underwater view, so be sure to try out some awesome water sports! There are plenty of vendors offering great deals on activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and even sea walking. The ferry ride to the island is just 150 rupees per person, and it's free for kids under 5. So get ready for a day full of adventure and fun in this little piece of paradise!

  4. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park:
    If you're visiting Chatham Saw Mill, make sure to check out the incredible Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park nearby. It's just about 29 km from Port Blair and known for protecting marine wildlife like sea turtles and mesmerizing coral reefs.

    Once you step into the park, you'll be amazed by the variety of flora and fauna. You can spot beautiful orchids, bamboo, and other unique endemic species. The underwater world is a real treat too, with colorful fishes like Angelfish and Butterflyfish, plus fascinating reptiles like pit vipers and water monitor lizards.

    Don't forget to keep an eye out for birds like the White-bellied sea eagle and various land mammals too! It's a nature lover's paradise, and you might even spot Feather Stars, Giant Clam Shells, and more hidden treasures in the crystal-clear waters. Enjoy your time exploring this wonderful national park!

  5. Corbyn's Cove Beach:
    If you are around Chatham Saw Mill, head over to Corbyn's Cove Beach! It's just six kilometers away from Port Blair town and offers a perfect blend of sunbathing and swimming. You'll find everything you need here, from hotels, restaurants, and bars to changing rooms and exciting water-sports activities. Don't miss the chance to explore the historical Japanese Bunkers on your way to the beach. Plus, if you're into scuba diving, you'll love Snake Island nearby. When you get hungry, treat yourself to delightful cuisine at reasonable rates in the soothing ambience of The Waves Restaurant & Beer Bar. Enjoy your time exploring this beautiful area!


Nearby hotels in Port Blair

Looking for nearby hotels in Port Blair? You're in for a treat! If you're an aesthetically inclined and modern traveler, you'll love the hotels and resorts here. They take great pride in providing top-notch service to ensure you have a delightful stay. Plus, adventure awaits as you can enjoy activities like snorkeling and scuba diving.

The best part? Some of these hotels are conveniently located right in the heart of the capital town, offering a warm and welcoming ambiance from the moment you arrive. You'll find them not far from Veer Savarkar Airport and Aberdeen Jetty, making your travel hassle-free.

And guess what? Major tourist attractions such as Cellular Jail and Corbyn's Cove Beach are just a stone's throw away. So, whether you choose 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, or Sea Princess Beach Resort, you're in for an incredible experience! Enjoy your stay and make the most of your adventures in Port Blair!

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