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 Viper Island

How would you like a place which has a historic story connected to it? Well, Viper Island has it’s story of its own which adds meaning to your visit here. Moreover, if you yearn for “me-time” or a trip with your friends and family, Viper Island is the perfect place to rejuvenate your soul. When life has meaning, you discover true peace and happiness. Therefore, traveling to a place which is a historic remark, may add a profound impact to your travel to-do list, making it interesting and rememberable. This island offers more than just chilling on the beaches. Its climate will take your heart away and provide a comfortable escape from your hustling life. Besides, you can indulge in various outdoor activities and host a tent under the night sky. The way you approach this trip will make it worthwhile-- because this place is worth a try.

About Viper Island

Viper Island Jail was built between 1864 and 1867 and stands as a haunting example of the unconquerable spirits of Indian freedom fighters. While it echoes with the cries of its imprisoned heroes, this historical site, now in ruins, holds the weight of a fierce whisper that flared within its walls. 

Viper Island is situated in Port Blair and has derived its name from the vessel in which Lt. Archibald Blair visited Andamans and Nicobar Island. Presently, Viper Island has housed two essential buildings. One is called the Gallows, situated on a small hill-- where the prisoners met the eternal silence of life. You’d realize that the silence that contrasts the island holds brave tales of resilient and struggling freedom fighters.

The second is called the Red Courthouse building which you can clearly see from the Viper Island jetty. It has another historic memory and story as a reminder of this island’s past. 

Further, Viper has been one of the most beautiful places for many of the visitors; however, it hit its fate too. In 2006, Viper was hit by Tsunami, creating damage and destruction-- losing a bit of its charm. 

This place holds a great story and is a place to add to your travel book’s page. It’s worth knowing the archeological ruins and it’s tales that can make a place in you and your family’s hearts. Learning from the bravery gives strength and perspective. 

Best Time To Visit Viper Island

If you decide to visit this island, it will undoubtedly be worth your effort. You'll be blessed with a consistently pleasant, humid climate year-round, but the ideal time to come would be between November and February when the humidity recedes to near zero. This period will enhance your overall experience, providing you with the exceptional beauty of this amazing place and reconnecting you with nature's power. Don't miss the chance to explore and engage yourself in the wonders that await you here. You won't be disappointed by the mesmerizing sights and rejuvenating atmosphere.

Best Time To Visit Viper Island

Tips For Visiting Viper Island

It’s all good that you have started planning your journey to the Viper Island. However, it is essential for you to follow some tips for your safety and rememberable time. 

  1. You may encounter sunny hot time at the island when the sun blesses the place with its warmth. Therefore, you shall wear light-coloured clothes with breathable fabrics to make the most out of your experience. Besides, sun-kissed selfies and Vitamin D will add to your fulfilling experience. 

  2. If you’re traveling without comfortable shoes, you will face troubles because your feet needs good support, right? Besides, Vipen’s terrain is uneven sometimes and you may encounter natural delightful views and aesthetics. If your feet feel comfortable, you will be comfortable in wandering away like a free soul.

  3. Your body needs energy just like you give energy to people around you. While you meditate and engage in soulful activities, don’t forget to treat your hunger. Carry essential snacks and water bottles to keep yourself energetic. You need the energy to explore the site beautifully. 

  4. Nature is our best friend. Therefore, please respect it. Nature gives back in abundance by making you feel better and helping you escape the hustle of life. So, it’s time you give back, too by respecting the heritage and environment. It is a big NO to litter around. So, you can carry your litter bag for discards.

With these tips, you will be all set for a memorable journey. You may also contact our guides for more detailed information. 


Things to do in and around Viper Island

You may just not be hosting a tent or walking on the beach as there are a lot of things to do in Viper Island. From visiting The Jail to hopping on the beach to taking photos and videos-- you can do a lot to create memories. Let’s explore.

  1. The Jail

    You stand before one of the island's vital sites - The Jail. Its historical significance to India runs deep, now reduced to ruins. Once, it served as a dreaded destination under British colonial rule, confining convicts and political dissidents. However, as the number of freedom fighters grew, it could no longer accommodate them all. Consequently, a new jail, famously known as the Cellular Jail, was erected. This place helps you go back in time and understand the struggles of the prisoners captivated within the walls. You can salute for the bravery and contribution to India. The echoes of the past resonate as you explore this poignant place.

  2. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

    If you reach the Viper Island, please extend your way toward the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It was created to safeguard our aquatic flora and fauna. Located near Viper Island, it offers an array of thrilling activities like scuba diving and snorkeling, which are bound to be your favorites. You can dive into the enchanting marine life and witness the vibrant aquatic world up close. You'll be amazed by the diversity of species and the beauty of the underwater ecosystem.

  3. Anthropological Museum

    When you visit Viper Island, make sure to explore the Anthropological Museum—an integral part of tourism there. Under the control of the Anthropological Survey of India and conveniently situated nearby, you'll discover a fascinating array of Andamanese tribal weapons and traditional artifacts. So, you can learn about various things in the cultures, traditions, and livelihoods of the tribes and island residents showcased here. For anyone with an interest in learning about the rich heritage of these people, this museum is an absolute must-visit destination.

  4. Forest Museum

    Another place to add to your to-do while visiting Viper Island is the Forest Museum which is controlled by the Forest Department of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can explore various artifacts crafted from timber, gurjan, padauk, oak, and satinwood. The museum's primary purpose is to raise awareness among people about the significance of forests and their vital role in our ecosystem. You can have a look at the exhibits and gain valuable insights into the rich natural heritage of the islands, appreciating the importance of preserving these valuable resources for future generations.

  5. Marina Park and Aquarium

    You'll find yourself next to the renowned Water Sports Complex, where Marina Park and Aquarium beckons as a must-visit attraction. It's the perfect picnic spot, enveloped by lush trees and foliage, offering you a delightful opportunity to cherish nature's beauty with your loved ones. As you step inside, you'll be amazed by the incredible display of flora and fauna indigenous to the Andaman region. You will be captivated away with the variety of marine life and it should not be missed. 

  6. Water Sports

    Near the Water Sports Complex, you can also engage in various kinds of water activities to make your travel memorable. You can touch the calmness of the crystal clear waters while enjoying activities like paddle boats, rowboats, and water cycles. If you want an underwater experience, you can hop aboard the glass-bottom boats. Moreover, you can choose to engage in friendly battles with bumper boats or feel the rush of jet skiing. If you crave adventure from above, soar high with parasailing. You can also experience the laughter-filled banana boat rides. Or even feel the wind with windsurfing adventure. 

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Hotels In Viper Island

You can find several hotels near Viper Island in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Options include Lemon Tree Hotel, Sea Shell Coral Cove, The North Reef, Driftwood Hotel & Resort, Hotel Mansha Regency, Sinclairs Bay View, TSG Emerald View, SR Castle, Haywizz, Hotel Blue Mmarlin, Hotel Megapode Nest, TSG Grand, Hotel Harriet View Bed & Breakfast, Hotel Horizon Hues, and Hotel AT Villa. With a range of choices, you'll surely discover a comfortable and convenient stay while exploring the beautiful surroundings of Viper Island.

How To Reach Viper Island?

To reach Viper Island from Port Blair city, you can take a boat ride from the Phoenix Bay jetty inside the harbor. The boat trip takes about 20 minutes, and you'll enjoy the scenic views of the harbor during the journey. Once you reach Harbor Cruise, you'll have the opportunity to explore different points of the harbor before heading to Viper Island. The road journey, combined with the boat ride, takes approximately 45 minutes to reach the island. 

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