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 Guitar Island

Guitar Island, located in the Andaman Islands, is a hidden gem that epitomizes the serene beauty of nature. Surrounded by the pristine waters of the Bay of Bengal, this idyllic paradise is a haven for those seeking tranquility and solitude. With its untouched landscapes, white sandy beaches, and lush green palm trees, the island offers a picture-perfect escape from the chaos of everyday life. Dive into the crystal-clear turquoise waters to explore vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life, or take leisurely walks along the shores as you bask in the breathtaking sunsets. Guitar Island is an oasis of peace that promises to enchant and rejuvenate your senses.

Introduction to Guitar Island 

Guitar Island, aptly named for its resemblance to a guitar when seen from above, is a tranquil and secluded destination nestled in the Andaman archipelago. Located about 40 kilometers northeast of Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, this idyllic island offers a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and weary souls in search of solace away from the hectic pace of everyday life.

The island's distinctive shape is just the beginning of its charm. As you step foot on Guitar Island, you will be greeted by a sense of serenity and a profound connection to nature. The unspoiled beauty of its surroundings, with pristine white sandy beaches and lush palm trees, creates a postcard-worthy backdrop that feels like paradise. The crystal-clear turquoise waters gently caress the shores, inviting you to bask in the soothing embrace of the ocean.

Away from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist destinations, Guitar Island offers a peaceful respite where you can unwind and recharge. The absence of large crowds ensures that you can truly immerse yourself in the tranquility of the island, allowing you to reconnect with yourself and the natural world surrounding you.

The island's remote location also adds to its allure. As you explore the pristine beaches, you'll find yourself enveloped in a sense of solitude and a feeling of being at one with nature. The gentle ocean breeze, the rhythmic sound of waves crashing against the shore, and the chorus of tropical birdsong create a symphony of serenity that lulls you into a state of blissful relaxation.

Guitar Island's seclusion not only provides an escape from the noise and stress of daily life but also allows for a deeper appreciation of its remarkable biodiversity. The dense tropical forest that blankets the island is a haven for a wide array of flora and fauna. As you venture along the jungle trails, you may encounter vibrant butterflies fluttering by, rare bird species gracefully soaring overhead, and if you're lucky, the elusive Nicobar pigeon making a fleeting appearance.

The Natural Beauty of Guitar Island 

Guitar Island is an absolute paradise when it comes to natural beauty. Its unspoiled landscapes and breathtaking vistas make it a visual treat for all visitors. As you set foot on the island, you are greeted by pristine white sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. The soft sands, gently caressed by the lapping waves of crystal-clear turquoise waters, create a mesmerizing contrast against the azure sky.

Walking along the shoreline, you'll be captivated by the lush green palm trees that sway in the gentle sea breeze. They provide the perfect shade for a leisurely afternoon stroll or a peaceful spot to sit and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. The rhythmic sound of the waves and the distant calls of seagulls create a soothing symphony that envelops you in a sense of serenity.

Venturing beyond the beach, you'll discover the island's dense tropical forest, a haven of biodiversity. Embarking on an exploration of the jungle trails, you'll encounter an abundance of exotic flora and fauna. Colorful butterflies flutter through the air, their delicate wings painting the forest with vibrant hues. Rare bird species, known for their melodic songs, fill the canopy with their melodious tunes, creating a magical ambiance.

If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the indigenous Nicobar pigeon, a magnificent bird species that calls the Andaman and Nicobar Islands home. With its iridescent feathers and graceful flight, it adds a touch of mystique to the island's already rich wildlife.

The natural beauty of Guitar Island extends beyond its shores and into the heart of its verdant landscapes. Every step you take unveils a new marvel of nature, reminding you of the incredible diversity and harmony that exists in this secluded paradise. Whether you choose to bask in the sun on the pristine beaches, immerse yourself in the wonders of the tropical forest, or simply sit back and admire the picturesque scenery, Guitar Island offers an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts and explorers alike.

Activities and Experiences 

Guitar Island is not only a place of natural beauty but also offers a wide range of activities and experiences that will make your visit truly unforgettable. In addition to beachcombing and snorkeling, there are numerous other ways to immerse yourself in the island's charm.

If you have a passion for fishing, Guitar Island provides excellent opportunities. You can cast your line from the shore and enjoy the tranquility while waiting for the perfect catch. Alternatively, you can hire a local boat and venture into the deep sea, where you can try your luck at reeling in some impressive fish species.

The island's idyllic setting also makes it an ideal spot for picnics. You can set up a cozy spot on the soft sandy beaches, surrounded by the rhythmic sound of waves and the gentle rustle of palm trees. Indulge in delicious local cuisine, packed with flavors unique to the Andaman Islands, as you savor the panoramic views and bask in the serenity of the surroundings.

Leisurely walks are another delightful activity to engage in on Guitar Island. Take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, with the powdery sand beneath your feet and the cool sea breeze brushing against your skin. The island's unspoiled beauty and lush vegetation create a peaceful ambiance that is perfect for quiet introspection and relaxation.

Getting to Guitar Island 

To reach Guitar Island, you will first need to travel to Port Blair, which is well connected by air and sea to major cities in India. From Port Blair, you can arrange for a boat or ferry ride to Long Island, followed by a short journey to Guitar Island. It is advisable to check the weather conditions and plan your trip accordingly, as rough seas can affect transportation schedules.

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