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 Jolly Buoy Island

Located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, Jolly Buoy Island stands as a pristine paradise waiting to be explored. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life, it has become a coveted destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Jolly Buoy Island offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and serenity, making it a must-visit for those seeking an unforgettable island experience. Whether you're an avid snorkeler, a beach lover, or simply someone who appreciates the wonders of nature, Jolly Buoy Island has something extraordinary to offer. 

In this blog, we will dive into everything you need to know about Jolly Buoy Island, including its location, access, attractions, activities, rules, and tips to ensure an enchanting and memorable visit.

How to Reach Jolly Buoy Island

To reach Jolly Buoy Island, located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, you need to follow a specific route. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to reach Jolly Buoy Island:

  • Fly to Port Blair

The first step is to reach Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can book a flight to Veer Savarkar International Airport (also known as Port Blair Airport) from major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, or Kolkata.

  • Arrive at Port Blair

Upon landing at Veer Savarkar International Airport, you will need to complete the necessary immigration and customs formalities. Once you have collected your luggage, proceed to the main arrival area.

  • Head to Wandoor Jetty

From Port Blair, you will need to travel to Wandoor Jetty, which is the departure point for reaching Jolly Buoy Island. Wandoor Jetty is approximately 30 kilometers away from Port Blair.

  • Hire a Taxi or Take a Bus

You can hire a taxi from the airport or the city center to Wandoor Jetty. Alternatively, you can also take a local bus or a shared auto-rickshaw (known as a "tuk-tuk") to reach the jetty. It is advisable to confirm the timings of the boats departing from Wandoor Jetty in advance.

  • Board the Ferry

At Wandoor Jetty, you will find several government-operated boats and ferries that take visitors to Jolly Buoy Island. These boats are regulated by the authorities to maintain the ecological balance of the area.

  • Enjoy the Scenic Boat Ride

The boat ride from Wandoor Jetty to Jolly Buoy Island usually takes around 30-40 minutes, depending on weather conditions and sea currents. During the journey, you can admire the picturesque surroundings and the azure waters of the Andaman Sea.

  • Arrive at Jolly Buoy Island

The ferry will drop you off at Jolly Buoy Island, where you can disembark and begin your exploration of the island's natural wonders.

Activities and Attractions

Jolly Buoy Island offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy:

  1. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

    Explore the vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life through snorkeling or scuba diving adventures. Witness colorful fish, beautiful coral formations, and even turtles in their natural habitat.

  2. Glass-Bottom Boat Rides

    Take a glass-bottom boat ride to witness the underwater world without getting wet. Admire the stunning coral reefs and marine life through the transparent sections of the boat's floor.

  3. Beaches and Sunbathing

    Relax on the pristine beaches of Jolly Buoy Island, with soft white sands and crystal-clear waters. Soak up the sun, take leisurely walks along the shore, or simply unwind amidst the serene surroundings.

  4. Nature Walks and Trekking

    Embark on nature walks and treks around the island to explore its natural beauty. Discover lush greenery, tropical vegetation, and indigenous wildlife as you traverse the designated trails.

  5. Bird Watching

    Jolly Buoy Island is home to a variety of bird species, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching enthusiasts. Observe colorful birds and listen to their melodic tunes in the island's natural habitat.

Best Time to Visit Jolly Buoy

The best time to visit Jolly Buoy Island is during the dry season, which spans from November to April. During these months, the weather is pleasant with low humidity and minimal rainfall, providing ideal conditions for outdoor activities. The sea is calm, making it easier to engage in snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water-based activities. However, it's important to note that Jolly Buoy Island is part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, and it is subject to periodic closures for conservation purposes. Therefore, it's advisable to check the park's operational dates and obtain the necessary permits before planning your visit.

Accommodation and Facilities

Accommodation options near Jolly Buoy Island may be limited as the island itself is not inhabited. However, visitors can find a range of accommodation choices in the nearby city of Port Blair, which is the gateway to Jolly Buoy Island. Here are some options:

  • Hotels and Resorts

Port Blair offers a variety of hotels and resorts catering to different budgets and preferences. From luxury resorts to budget-friendly accommodations, there are options to suit every traveler's needs.

  • Guesthouses and Homestays

For a more intimate and local experience, consider staying in guesthouses or homestays. These provide an opportunity to interact with the locals, experience their hospitality, and get insights into the culture and lifestyle of the region.

  • Beachside Cottages

Some accommodations offer beachside cottages, providing a serene and picturesque setting for your stay. Wake up to stunning views of the ocean and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.

  • Government Guesthouses

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration operates several government guest houses in Port Blair. These guesthouses offer affordable accommodation options and can be a good choice for budget travelers.

Jolly Buoy Island: Dive into Paradise and Leave with Memories that Make Waves!

As you embark on your journey to Jolly Buoy Island, remember to adhere to the rules and regulations in place to protect the delicate ecosystem. Respect marine life, follow sustainable practices, and help in conservation efforts.

So, pack your snorkeling gear, sunscreen, and a spirit of adventure, and get ready to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Jolly Buoy Island. Explore the vibrant coral reefs, relax on the pristine beaches, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Jolly Buoy Island awaits, offering an extraordinary experience that will leave you in awe of nature's wonders.

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