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 Ross Island

Ross Island, located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, is a place steeped in history and natural beauty. Once the administrative headquarters of the British Raj, it holds significant importance as a colonial settlement and a witness to the tumultuous events of the past. Today, Ross Island stands as a captivating destination for history buffs, nature lovers, and adventure seekers alike. From its intriguing ruins and remnants of British architecture to its pristine beaches and lush vegetation, the island offers a unique blend of cultural heritage and scenic charm. 

In this blog, we will delve into everything you need to know about Ross Island, from its historical background and attractions to visitor information, activities, and conservation efforts. 

Significance of Ross Island

The significance of Ross Island lies in its historical, cultural, and natural value. Here are some key points that highlight its importance:

  • Colonial Heritage

Ross Island served as the administrative headquarters of the British Raj in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the colonial era. It was the seat of power and played a crucial role in the governance and development of the region. The remnants of British architecture and buildings stand as a testament to the island's colonial past, offering a glimpse into the bygone era.

  • Historical Events

Ross Island witnessed several historical events that shaped its identity. It was a strategic base during World War II and suffered extensive damage during the Japanese occupation. The island's history is intertwined with the struggles and sacrifices of the people who lived and fought there, making it a site of historical significance.

  • Cultural Fusion

The influence of British culture on Ross Island is evident in its architectural style, gardens, and layout. The island reflects a unique fusion of Indian and European cultures, showcasing a blend of colonial aesthetics with local traditions. It provides an opportunity to explore the cultural exchange that occurred during the colonial period.

Climate and Weather Patterns

Ross Island experiences a tropical climate with high temperatures, humidity, and significant rainfall throughout the year. Here's a brief overview of the climate and weather patterns:

  • Temperature

The island has warm temperatures year-round, with average highs ranging from 25°C to 32°C (77°F to 90°F). The summer months, from April to June, are typically the hottest, with temperatures occasionally reaching above 35°C (95°F). The winter months, from December to February, are relatively cooler, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F).

  • Humidity

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have high humidity levels, usually ranging from 70% to 90%. The humidity can make the weather feel warmer and increase discomfort, particularly during the summer season.

  • Rainfall

Ross Island experiences significant rainfall throughout the year, with the majority occurring during the monsoon season. The southwest monsoon, from May to September, brings heavy rainfall and occasional storms to the region. The island receives an average annual rainfall of around 3,000 mm (118 inches). It is advisable to be prepared for rain and carry appropriate rain gear when visiting the island.

  • Monsoons

The monsoon season may affect travel and outdoor activities on Ross Island. The heavy rainfall and rough seas can lead to limited transportation options and restrictions on water sports. It is recommended to check weather conditions and plan activities accordingly during the monsoon season.

Attractions and Landmarks

Ross Island boasts several attractions and landmarks that showcase its historical and natural beauty. Here are some notable ones:

  • Ross Island Museum

The Ross Island Museum offers a captivating glimpse into the island's colonial past. Housed in a restored British-era building, the museum displays photographs, artifacts, and exhibits that depict the island's history, including its role as the administrative headquarters during British rule.

  • British-era Buildings and Ruins

Exploring the island, you'll come across the remnants of British architecture and buildings, such as the Chief Commissioner's House, Government House, and Presbyterian Church. These structures provide a fascinating insight into the colonial architecture and lifestyle of that time.

  • Japanese Bunkers and World War II Remnants

During World War II, Ross Island was occupied by the Japanese forces. Today, you can discover the remnants of Japanese bunkers, gun emplacements, and other war-related structures that serve as a reminder of the island's wartime history.

Nearby Attractions and Excursions

When visiting Ross Island, you have the opportunity to explore several nearby attractions and embark on exciting excursions. Here are some notable places to consider:

  • Cellular Jail in Port Blair

Located in the nearby city of Port Blair, the Cellular Jail is a significant historical site. It served as a colonial-era prison during British rule and played a crucial role in India's struggle for independence. A visit to this infamous jail provides insights into the hardships faced by freedom fighters and offers a chance to learn about India's history.

  • Havelock Island and Radhanagar Beach

Havelock Island, renowned for its pristine beaches and coral reefs, is a popular destination for water sports and relaxation. The highlight of Havelock Island is Radhanagar Beach, often hailed as one of the best beaches in Asia. Its turquoise waters, white sands, and stunning sunsets make it an idyllic spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.

  • Jolly Buoy and Red Skin Islands

These islands are part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and are renowned for their vibrant coral reefs and marine biodiversity. Visitors can indulge in snorkeling, scuba diving, and underwater exploration to witness the colorful underwater world teeming with tropical fish, corals, and other marine creatures.

  • Anthropological Museum

Located in Port Blair, the Anthropological Museum provides an insight into the indigenous tribes and cultures of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum houses exhibits showcasing tribal artefacts, photographs, tools, and artwork, allowing visitors to understand the rich cultural diversity of the region.

Unveiling the Enchanting Secrets of Ross Island: Where History, Nature, and Culture Unite

Ross Island is a captivating destination that offers a perfect blend of historical significance, natural beauty, and cultural charm. Its colonial heritage as the former administrative headquarters of the British Raj adds a unique historical dimension to the island. The remnants of British architecture, ruins, and the Ross Island Museum provide a glimpse into its colonial past.

The island's natural beauty is equally enchanting, with pristine beaches, lush vegetation, and diverse flora and fauna. Exploring the island allows visitors to appreciate the tropical landscapes and immerse themselves in its serene ambience. Additionally, the presence of Japanese bunkers and World War II remnants adds to its historical value and offers insight into the island's wartime experiences.

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