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 Long Island

Welcome to Long Island, a hidden gem nestled just 35 km away from Port Blair! This serene island can only be reached by a government ferry, with the closest jetty being Rangat. Although it's a secluded destination, Long Island offers a delightful escape for those seeking tranquility and beach fun.

Accommodation options here are limited but cozy. The private resort, Blue Planet, can host up to 25 people, ensuring an intimate and exclusive experience. Additionally, there are forest and tourism guest houses available, but they need to be booked in advance and are mainly reserved for government officials.

Speaking of beaches, Long Island doesn't disappoint! The two main beaches, Lalaji Bay and Blue Planet Beach, beckon visitors with their pristine sands and crystal-clear waters. You can enjoy the joys of swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing, and relish the untouched beauty of nature.

While there are no bustling restaurants or cafes on the island, fear not! Blue Planet Resort takes care of your culinary needs with its kitchen facilities. And for those in need of a quick snack fix, some delightful local treats like pakodas, vada, and idli can be found near the jetty area.

So, be prepared to be captivated by the raw beauty of Long Island, where beach activities and peaceful moments unite to create an unforgettable getaway.

Exploring Long Island: Transportation Choices and Ferries

Let me tell you all about getting to Long Island in the Andamans - it's an amazing destination! So, to reach this beautiful place, you'll need to hop on a government ferry as it's the only way to get there. The nearest jetty is Rangat, and you can catch daily direct ferries that take passengers to and fro. Another option is taking a ferry from Port Blair, Havelock, or Neil, which makes multiple stops along the way, so it might take a few hours to reach Long Island.

Now, I must admit, getting to Long Island might take up a good chunk of your day. So if you're planning a short trip to the Andamans, it might not be the most practical choice, especially if you're staying for less than 10 days. But hey, if you're a repeat visitor or on a longer journey, then Long Island is definitely worth considering as your next travel destination.

Oh, and there's one more option - you can charter a boat to Long Island. But be aware that the regulations and permissions for this can change from time to time, so it's essential to stay updated.

I hope this information helps you plan your Andaman adventure! Don't forget to check out the ferry schedule and ticket availability on the official website.

What to Know Before Moving to Long Island

Long Island: Your Ultimate Relaxation Destination

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and embrace the soothing rhythm of nature, Long Island beckons you with open arms. In this comprehensive guide, we'll take you on an exciting journey through the island's top attractions and activities, ensuring you have a memorable and fulfilling experience.

  1. Relax at the Beach: Enjoy the Serenity of Blue Planet, Lalaji Bay, and Merk Bay

    Long Island boasts three main beaches that promise blissful moments of relaxation and rejuvenation.

    • Blue Planet Beach: To reach this hidden gem, follow the path through the jungle, marked by charming yellow painted arrows, leading you from the Blue Planet Resort. At approximately 700 meters away, the beach offers a generous expanse of seclusion, allowing you to revel in the beauty of solitude. Delight in snorkeling among the vibrant coral reefs, take refreshing dips in the crystal-clear waters, and even catch glimpses of local fishermen embarking on their early morning or late evening boat journeys.

    • Lalaji Bay Beach: Known as the epitome of a perfect swimming beach on Long Island, Lalaji Bay captivates visitors with its breathtaking azure waters that shimmer like precious emeralds on clear-sky days. While the trek to reach this paradise might be adventurous, the journey is well worth it. Alternatively, you can arrange a boat ride through your accommodation, ensuring you have more time to enjoy the pristine sands and idyllic picnic spots.

    • Merk Bay: Located on North Passage Island, just a few minutes away from Long Island, Merk Bay Beach is a treasure trove for snorkeling enthusiasts. A boat ride, with permission from the forest department, will transport you to this pristine haven. The island is embraced by mangroves, while the beach itself boasts mesmerizing coral reefs that beg to be explored with your snorkeling gear.


  2. Snorkel at Merk Bay or Lalaji Bay: Into a Kaleidoscope of Marine Beauty

    With numerous accessible snorkeling spots, Long Island is a paradise for underwater enthusiasts. Remember to pack your snorkeling gear, or contact our crew members for availability. Merk Bay and Lalaji Bay Beach are particularly recommended for their colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life. Engage yourself in a kaleidoscope of vibrant fish and discover the wonders beneath the surface of the sea.

  3. Swim in Long Island: Cooling Embrace of Clear Blue Waters

    Dive into the inviting waters of Long Island and experience the true delight of swimming amidst its breathtaking natural beauty. Each beach on the island offers a refreshing escape, with crystal-clear blue waters that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. However, while you immerse yourself in the joy of swimming, remember to put safety first. We highly recommend enjoying this experience with a partner by your side, ensuring you both have a wonderful time together. So, grab your swimsuit, bask in the warmth of the sun, and let the cooling embrace of the waters wash away all your worries – an unforgettable aquatic adventure awaits you on Long Island!

  4. Trekking in Long Island: Adventure through Enchanting Jungle Paths

    Get ready for an exciting adventure as you trek through Long Island's enchanting jungle paths! The captivating treks to Lalaji Bay and Merk Bay might be lengthy, but fear not, they're not overly tough, making them suitable for most travelers. Just remember to pack plenty of water and snacks to keep yourself energized throughout the journey. And hey, if you want some extra guidance and insider tips, don't hesitate to ask us for our local guides, who can make the experience even more memorable. So, put on your hiking shoes, engage yourself in nature's beauty, and let the enchantment of Long Island unfold before you!

    Trekking in Long Island: Adventure through Enchanting Jungle Paths

  5. Scuba Diving: Dive into the Depths of Long Island's Marine World

    Calling all scuba diving enthusiasts! Long Island is a paradise waiting to be explored beneath the waves. While Blue Planet's dive center might not always be open, don't worry; there are still diving options to be discovered during your stay. If you're an experienced diver, why not rent a boat and head to the most breathtaking dive sites nearby? Get ready to be spellbound by the vibrant marine life and the awe-inspiring coral formations that will leave you in awe. So gear up, take the plunge, and get set go.

  6. Bird Watching: Discover the Avian Treasures of Long Island

    Bird watching on Long Island is an absolute delight! Even without official birding guides, you can still immerse yourself in the joy of spotting beautiful feathered residents. As you venture through the island's lush landscapes, don't forget to keep your eyes and ears wide open. Long Island is home to a diverse array of bird species, each with its unique charm. With a bit of patience and keen attentiveness, you'll be rewarded with the sight of fascinating avian treasures gracefully soaring through the skies. So grab your binoculars, enjoy the serenity of nature, and let the bird-watching adventure open new glories! Happy spotting!

Long Island: Stays

Long Island, a hidden gem of solitude, awaits you with its limited but charming selection of Hotels & Resorts. Here, the essence of a tranquil getaway is preserved by offering just four accommodation options, three of which are lovingly maintained by the government.

One exceptional gem you absolutely shouldn't miss is the Blue Planet Cafe. Nestled amidst nature's beauty, this resort boasts a sustainable and eco-friendly design, truly blending in with the island's ethos. Can you imagine staying in a resort built around an ancient padauk tree, constructed from waste plastic/glass bottles and old tires? It's not only impressive but also earthquake-proof, ensuring your safety and comfort throughout your stay. With a limited capacity of 25 guests at a time, you'll quickly find yourself forming bonds with fellow travelers, creating a family-like atmosphere.

Now, let's talk about the rooms. They may be described as basic, but they offer a rustic charm that complements the island experience perfectly. You have the option to choose between rooms with attached baths or without, catering to your preferences and budget. Prices are quite reasonable, ranging from 300 to 1500 per night, making it accessible to various travelers.

For those who prefer government-run accommodations, Long Island has some excellent options too. Consider checking out the Surmai Reef resort at Lalaji Bay, Tapovan Rest House at Bakultala, or the Vanashree Forest Rest House at the jetty. These stays boast well-built facilities with AC accommodations, ensuring a comfortable stay without breaking the bank. However, keep in mind that securing a booking may require a bit of time, planning, and patience, but trust me, the experience will be worth it.

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