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 Red Skin Island

One of the many jewels tucked away in the heart of the Bay of Bengal is Red Skin Island. A part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, this stunning island is situated in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. Known for its enchanting coral reefs and diverse marine life, the island offers a captivating spectacle that invites visitors from around the globe. Let's dive into the intriguing details and beauty of this exquisite locale.

The island's name ‘Red Skin’ was derived from the extraordinary sight of red coral that adorns the coastline during low tides. It's a heart-stirring spectacle that has left countless visitors in awe and continues to be the centre of attraction, lending the island its unique identity.

How to reach Red Skin Island

The journey to the island, beginning from Port Blair, the capital city, is as enchanting as the destination itself. The first step towards Red Skin Island involves reaching Port Blair. You can take a flight to the Veer Savarkar International Airport, the primary airport serving the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

Once in Port Blair, the next part of the journey will take you to Wandoor Beach, which is approximately 30 km away. You can either hire a taxi or use public transportation to reach Wandoor Beach. 

Wandoor Beach is the primary point of departure for the boat rides to Red Skin Island. It's a surreal experience as you sail away from the mainland and the serene beauty of the island begins to unfold. The boat ride usually takes about 1-2 hours, depending upon the sea conditions.

Experience the Natural Beauty of Red Skin Island

A sight to behold, the island is surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise water, home to some of the world's most beautiful and endangered species of coral reefs. The coral reefs' resilience and adaptive capacity is a phenomenon in itself, captivating biologists and nature lovers alike. You'll witness an array of vibrant corals, including the brain coral, fire coral, and table coral, to name a few.

It doesn't stop there! The coral gardens provide a habitat for a variety of marine species. From colourful tropical fishes, such as clownfish and angelfish, to larger marine life like sea turtles and dugongs, the island’s waters are teeming with biodiversity.

Best things to do in Red Skin Island

An expedition to Red Skin Island would be incomplete without indulging in the exciting activities it has to offer. From snorkelling to glass-bottom boat rides, there's an array of immersive experiences that enable you to explore the vibrant marine life in all its glory.

Snorkelling: Snorkelling is one of the must-try activities when you're at Red Skin Island. This activity gives you a chance to dive into the crystal-clear waters and explore the vibrant marine life up close. Imagine swimming with colourful fishes, watching the slow yet graceful movements of the sea turtles, and witnessing the breathtaking coral formations right before your eyes!

There are several guided snorkelling tours available for both beginners and experienced swimmers. These guided tours often provide all the necessary equipment, including snorkelling masks, fins, and life jackets. For those who are new to snorkelling, instructors provide a brief training session to ensure your underwater journey is safe and enjoyable. The best part is that the island's marine park has shallow waters that are ideal for snorkelling. This means you can explore a good portion of the coral reef without having to dive deep, making it a perfect activity for people of all ages.

Glass-bottom Boat Rides: For those who prefer staying dry, yet want to experience the island's magnificent marine life, the glass-bottom boat rides are an excellent choice. These special boats are equipped with transparent floors that allow you to view the underwater world as you sail along the clear seawaters.

From the comfort of your seat, you can observe various species of corals, schools of colourful fishes, and other aquatic life forms in their natural habitat. These boat rides give you the thrill of exploring the underwater world without having to dip your toes in the water, making it a family-friendly activity.

Wildlife on the Island: Beyond its underwater charm, Red Skin Island also hosts a rich diversity of terrestrial fauna. Walking around the island, visitors can spot various bird species, including the Andaman bulbul, white-bellied sea eagle, and the Andaman drongo. The island is also home to hermit crabs that can be seen crawling around the sandy beaches, adding another interesting aspect to the island's diverse wildlife.

Best Time to Visit Red Skin Island

For optimal weather and visibility, the months from June to November stand out as the best time to visit Red Skin Island. During these months, the island experiences the dry season, with little to no rainfall, allowing visitors to fully indulge in outdoor activities.

One of the prime attractions of Red Skin Island, the coral reefs, are best visible during this time. The sea water is crystal clear, enabling snorkelers and those on glass-bottom boat rides to get an unobstructed view of the vibrant underwater world. The underwater visibility can extend up to 20 metres, making it an ideal time for diving enthusiasts. 

Must-Visit Places Near Red Skin Island

If you're planning to visit Red Skin Island, consider extending your journey to explore some of these captivating places nearby:

Jolly Buoy Island: A fellow island within the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Jolly Buoy is another must-visit destination. Known for its beautiful waters and vibrant coral reefs, this island offers an exceptional snorkelling and scuba diving experience. Much like Red Skin Island, the number of visitors to Jolly Buoy is regulated to preserve its natural beauty.

Wandoor Beach: Your launchpad to Red Skin Island, Wandoor Beach, is a destination in itself. Famous for its soft sandy shores and serene waters, this beach is an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the amazing sunset. 

Chidiya Tapu: Often referred to as the 'Bird Island', Chidiya Tapu is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Located about 30 km from Port Blair, this place is home to numerous species of birds, including endemic and migratory species. Additionally, the beach offers a stunning view of the sunset.

Cellular Jail National Memorial: If you're intrigued by history, a visit to the Cellular Jail National Memorial in Port Blair is highly recommended. Also known as 'Kala Pani', this colonial prison was used by the British to exile political prisoners during India's struggle for independence. 

Ross Island: Ross Island, a short boat ride from Port Blair, is a testament to the colonial history of the Andamans. Once the administrative headquarters of the British, the island now hosts ruins of colonial structures like the Commissioner’s House and the Presbyterian Church. The island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including deer and peacocks.

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