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 Inglis Island

The urge to experience the unique and unspoiled natural landscapes of Inglis Island is a strong call to adventure. With its rich biodiversity and pristine natural environment, Inglis Island answers that call. Nestled in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, it stands as a beautiful testament to the majesty of nature. Here's a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about this natural paradise.

Where is Inglis Island and How to Reach There?

Located 57 km northeast of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Inglis Island is characterised by its hilly topography, sandy beaches, and dense tropical rainforest. The island’s untouched beauty, coupled with the enveloping silence, is captivating. 

Inglis Island is a secluded paradise that remains relatively untouched by the bustle of mainstream tourism. Despite its remote location, the journey to this island is part of the adventure. Here's a detailed guide on how you can reach Inglis Island.

The first step in reaching Inglis Island involves getting to Port Blair. The Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair is well-connected to major cities in India, including Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai.

You can hire a boat from Phoenix Bay Jetty in Port Blair to reach Inglis Island. The boat ride, which takes approximately 2 hours, is in itself an enchanting journey. You'll travel over the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea, taking in the beauty of the surrounding islands along the way.

It's worth noting that these boat services are not regular and need to be organised through a tour operator.

Why Should You Visit Inglis Island?

Inglis Island, a small island part of the Andaman archipelago, is one of the least explored and best-preserved islands in the Indian Ocean. This place is a true spectacle of nature, teeming with rich biodiversity, clear turquoise waters, and a serene atmosphere. Here’s why this island should absolutely be on the top of your list for a visit: 

Diverse Biodiversity: Inglis Island's diverse ecosystem is one of its most significant attractions. The rainforest is home to various species of flora and fauna, some of which are endemic to the region. The clear, shallow waters around the island are perfect for observing the vibrant coral reefs, filled with colourful fish, turtles, and other marine life.

Flora and Fauna: The island’s tropical rainforest features a broad array of tree species, including majestic mahogany and Andaman redwood. The forest floor is a mosaic of vibrant orchids, ferns, and other tropical plants that paint a breathtaking natural picture. Inglis Island is also home to a variety of animal species. Keep an eye out for the dazzling Andaman wood pigeon, Andaman serpent-eagle, and other endemic birds. Small mammals, including spotted deer and Andaman wild boar, can occasionally be seen roaming in the forested areas.

Marine Life: The surrounding waters and coral reefs of Inglis Island are abundant in marine life, from schools of colourful reef fish to sea turtles and the rare dugong. Snorkelling or scuba diving provides an up-close look at this incredible underwater world.

Top Things to do in Inglis Island

The pristine charm and untouched beauty of Inglis Island invite you to explore and indulge in a plethora of activities. Let's delve deeper into the mesmerizing experiences that await you on this unspoiled paradise.

Exploring the Island: The island's lush greenery, steep cliffs, and azure waters offer a peaceful sanctuary for those seeking solace from bustling city life. As visitors are not permitted to stay overnight, each exploration of the island is a unique day trip, full of anticipation and discovery.

Walking around Inglis Island is a pleasure in itself. The sandy trails that snake through the dense tropical rainforest give you an intimate experience of the island's flora and fauna. Moreover, the sandy beaches around the island, especially those in secluded coves, are perfect for sunbathing or simply enjoying the ocean view. The azure water is always inviting for a refreshing swim.

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving: Given the abundance of coral reefs surrounding Inglis Island, snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities for visitors. The clear, shallow waters are home to a variety of corals, including table coral, elk horn coral, and finger coral, among others.

Diving into these warm waters, you will find yourself amidst a vibrant marine ecosystem teeming with colourful fish, sea turtles, and other sea creatures. Schools of butterflyfish, angelfish, parrotfish, and clownfish are common, making for a stunning underwater spectacle.

Bird Watching: Inglis Island is a birdwatcher's paradise. Home to numerous species of birds, including several endemic to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the island presents ample opportunities for birdwatching. You might catch sight of the rare Andaman wood pigeon, the Andaman serpent-eagle, and the Andaman bulbul, to name a few. These birds, with their distinctive calls and vibrant plumage, offer a delightful sight for both novice birdwatchers and seasoned ornithologists.

Everything You Need to Know About Inglis Island: FAQs

  1. Where is Inglis Island located?

    Answer: Inglis Island is part of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in India, located 57 km northeast of the capital city, Port Blair.

  2. How do I get to Inglis Island?

    Answer: The most common way to reach Inglis Island is by charter boat from Port Blair. The journey typically takes about two hours.

  3. Can I stay overnight on Inglis Island?

    Answer: No, overnight stays on Inglis Island are not permitted. Visitors are allowed to explore the island during the day but must return to Port Blair or another nearby island in the evening.

  4. What is the best time to visit Inglis Island?

    Answer: The best time to visit Inglis Island is between November and May, during the non-monsoon period. This time offers the best weather and calm seas, which are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving.

  5. What activities can I do on Inglis Island?

    Answer: Activities on Inglis Island include exploring the island, snorkelling, scuba diving, bird watching, and photography. The island's biodiversity and beautiful landscapes provide opportunities for a range of exciting activities.

  6. Are there any facilities or accommodations on Inglis Island?

    Answer: No, Inglis Island is largely untouched and does not have any facilities or accommodations. Visitors need to carry any essentials, such as food and water, with them.

  7. Is snorkelling or scuba diving gear available for rent on Inglis Island?

    Answer: No, there are no facilities for renting snorkelling or scuba diving gear on the island. All gear must be arranged beforehand from Port Blair or through your tour operator.

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