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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Top Places to Visit in The Andaman Islands

The Andaman Islands, a mesmerizing archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, offer an idyllic tropical getaway for travelers seeking pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich biodiversity. With their untouched natural beauty and a myriad of adventurous activities, the Andaman Islands have emerged as one of India's most sought-after tourist destinations. From tranquil beaches and vibrant coral reefs to historical landmarks and lush forests, the Andaman Islands captivate visitors with their diverse attractions. 

In this blog post, we will explore in detail the top places to visit in this tropical paradise.

  1. Havelock Island

    Havelock Island, located about 57 kilometers northeast of Port Blair, is the largest and most popular island in the Andaman archipelago. It is renowned for its stunning beaches, turquoise waters, and thriving marine life. The highlight of Havelock Island is the famous Radhanagar Beach, often ranked among the world's best beaches. With its powdery white sands, swaying palm trees, and mesmerizing sunsets, Radhanagar Beach offers an unparalleled tropical paradise experience. 

    The beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. The coral reefs surrounding Havelock Island provide a vibrant underwater ecosystem, making it a haven for divers. Explore the depths of the Andaman Sea and discover a mesmerizing world of colorful coral formations and marine species. For those seeking solitude and serenity, Vijaynagar Beach and Kalapathar Beach are equally enchanting options.

  2. Neil Island

    Neil Island, also known as Shaheed Dweep, is a small but captivating island located south of Havelock Island. It offers a laid-back and peaceful atmosphere, making it a perfect retreat for those seeking tranquility. Neil Island is famous for its picturesque beaches, lush greenery, and thriving coral reefs. Bharatpur Beach is a popular spot for snorkeling and exploring the vibrant underwater world. 

    Dive into the clear waters and witness the kaleidoscope of colors created by the diverse coral formations and marine life. At Sitapur Beach, you can enjoy stunning sunrise views and witness natural rock formations that have been sculpted by the forces of nature over time. Laxmanpur Beach, on the western coast of Neil Island, is known for its breathtaking sunset views. 

    As the sun dips below the horizon, the sky is painted with hues of orange, pink, and purple, creating a magical ambiance. Natural Bridge, another notable attraction on Neil Island, is a unique formation of coral rocks that offers a surreal and photogenic backdrop for nature lovers.

    Famous Tourist Places to Visit in Andaman  Nicobar Islands

  3. Ross Island

    Ross Island, located near Port Blair, holds great historical significance and is often referred to as the "Paris of the East." Once the administrative headquarters of the British in the Andaman Islands, it now stands as a fascinating ruin and a reminder of the colonial past. To reach Ross Island, you can take a short boat ride from Aberdeen Jetty in Port Blair. As you step onto the island, you will be transported back in time, wandering through the remnants of British colonial buildings. Explore the Chief Commissioner's House, a grand structure that was once the seat of power. 

    Admire the elegant architecture and imagine the bustling life that once thrived within its walls. Discover the ruins of the church, hospital, bakery, and other structures that were part of the island's vibrant past. Ross Island is also surrounded by lush green forests, offering a serene ambiance and a chance to spot exotic bird species.

  4. Port Blair

    As the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair serves as the gateway for most travelers. It is a vibrant city that combines history, culture, and natural beauty. A visit to Port Blair is incomplete without exploring the Cellular Jail National Memorial, a significant historical landmark. Also known as "Kala Pani," the Cellular Jail stands as a solemn tribute to India's freedom fighters who were imprisoned here during the struggle for independence. 

    Explore the cells and corridors of this notorious jail and learn about the sacrifices made by brave souls who fought for the nation's freedom. The jail complex also houses a museum that showcases the harrowing stories of the prisoners and their fight against colonial rule. Additionally, the Anthropological Museum in Port Blair is a must-visit attraction. It offers insights into the indigenous tribes of the Andaman Islands, showcasing their unique customs, traditions, and way of life.

    Port Blair

  5. Baratang Island

    Baratang Island is a hidden gem in the Andaman archipelago, known for its unique and offbeat attractions. To reach Baratang Island, you can take a boat ride from Port Blair, followed by a scenic drive through dense mangrove forests. One of the highlights of Baratang Island is the limestone caves. Embark on a thrilling boat journey through the mangrove creeks to reach these caves, which are adorned with stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. The surreal beauty of the caves, created over millions of years, will leave you awestruck. 

    Another must-visit spot on Baratang Island is the Mud Volcano. This natural wonder is a fascinating sight as mud bubbles out of the ground, forming small volcanic cones. The experience of witnessing the unique geological phenomenon is truly remarkable and offers a glimpse into the geological wonders of the Andaman Islands.

  6. North Bay Island

    North Bay Island, also known as Coral Island, is a paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. Located near Port Blair, it is easily accessible by boat. The crystal-clear waters of North Bay Island are teeming with vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. 

    Embark on a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure and dive into the underwater world, surrounded by colorful corals, exotic fish species, and other fascinating sea creatures. For those who prefer to stay dry, glass-bottom boat rides are also available, providing a unique opportunity to observe the underwater wonders without getting wet.

    North Bay Island

  7. Mayabunder Island

    Mayabunder Island is a hidden gem in the Andaman archipelago, nestled in the northern part of the Andaman Islands. Known for its untouched natural beauty and serene atmosphere, this island offers a tranquil escape from bustling tourist spots. The main attraction of Mayabunder Island is its pristine beaches, such as Karmatang Beach. 

    With its long stretch of golden sands and crystal-clear waters, Karmatang Beach is an ideal spot for sunbathing, picnicking, and enjoying leisurely walks along the shoreline. The beach is also known for its turtle nesting grounds, and visitors may have the chance to witness these majestic creatures laying their eggs or even observe baby turtles making their way to the sea.

  8. Rangat Island

    Rangat Island, located in the Middle Andaman region, is a picturesque destination known for its lush greenery, pristine beaches, and diverse wildlife. The main attraction on Rangat Island is the pristine and secluded Amkunj Beach. With its turquoise waters, soft sands, and swaying palm trees, Amkunj Beach offers a serene and idyllic setting for relaxation and solitude. Visitors

    Rangat Island

  9. Diglipur Island

    Diglipur Island, located in the northernmost part of the Andaman Islands, is a nature lover's paradise with its lush green landscapes, pristine beaches, and breathtaking waterfalls. One of the highlights of Diglipur Island is Ross and Smith Islands. Connected by a natural sandbar, these twin islands are a sight to behold. Take a boat ride to Ross and Smith Islands and spend the day exploring their pristine beaches, swimming in the clear waters, and relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.

Best Time to Visit Andaman Islands

The best time to visit the Andaman Islands is during the months of November to May when the weather is pleasant and the sea is calm. This period is considered the peak tourist season, and you can expect clear skies, warm temperatures, and minimal rainfall. 

Here is a breakdown of the seasons and what to expect during each:

Winter Season (November to February): During the winter months, the Andaman Islands experience pleasant weather with temperatures ranging between 20°C (68°F) and 30°C (86°F). The sea is calm, making it ideal for water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming. 

This season is perfect for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, as you can enjoy the pristine beaches and explore marine life without any hindrances. However, it is advisable to carry light woolens during the evenings, as the temperatures can drop slightly.

Summer Season (March to May): The summer season in the Andaman Islands is characterized by warm temperatures, ranging from 25°C (77°F) to 35°C (95°F). While it can get hot and humid, the sea remains calm and inviting. It's a great time for water activities and beach excursions. 

Keep in mind that May marks the onset of the monsoon season, so there may be occasional rain showers towards the end of this period. Despite the heat, the summer season attracts tourists who are looking for a tropical escape and are willing to enjoy the beaches and water sports.

Monsoon Season (June to September): The Andaman Islands experience heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. The weather is characterized by frequent showers, high humidity, and strong winds. Many water activities and beach visits may be restricted or limited due to rough seas and unfavorable weather conditions. 

However, the monsoon season brings lush greenery to the islands, and the landscape becomes incredibly vibrant. If you don't mind the occasional rain and prefer a quieter and more budget-friendly trip, you can still visit during this time. It's worth noting that some tourist attractions and ferry services may have limited availability or temporary closures.

Post-Monsoon Season (October): October marks the transition from the monsoon season to the winter season. During this period, the weather gradually improves, and the islands begin to prepare for the peak tourist season. While there may still be occasional showers and some tourist services may be getting ready for the influx of visitors, it can be a good time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy discounted rates on accommodations and activities.

Post-Monsoon Season October

How To Reach Andaman Island?

Reaching the Andaman Islands involves traveling by air or sea. Here are the two main options for reaching the islands:

  • By Air

The most convenient way to reach the Andaman Islands is by air. The Veer Savarkar International Airport, also known as Port Blair Airport, is the primary gateway to the islands. It is located in Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Regular flights are available from major cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. 

Airlines such as Air India, IndiGo, GoAir, and SpiceJet operate flights to the Andaman Islands. The flight duration varies depending on the origin city, but it usually ranges from 2 to 5 hours. Once you arrive at Port Blair Airport, you can hire a taxi or take a pre-booked transfer to reach your desired destination within the islands.

  • By Sea

If you prefer a more adventurous and scenic journey, you can reach the Andaman Islands by sea. Ships operated by the Directorate of Shipping Services, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, connect the mainland (Chennai, Kolkata, and Visakhapatnam) to Port Blair. The ships offer different classes of accommodation, ranging from basic to deluxe, and the duration of the journey varies depending on the route and weather conditions. 

The voyage from Chennai takes approximately 60 to 70 hours, while from Kolkata, it takes around 66 to 72 hours. It's important to note that ship schedules can be subject to changes due to weather conditions, so it is advisable to check the availability and book your tickets in advance. It's also recommended to carry motion sickness medication if you are prone to seasickness.

Visit Andaman Island: A Captivating Blend of Natural Beauty!

The Andaman Islands offer a captivating blend of natural beauty, pristine beaches, rich marine life, and historical landmarks, making it a perfect destination for travelers seeking an idyllic tropical getaway. With a range of attractions spread across different islands, there is something for everyone in this archipelago.

The Andaman Islands offer a tropical paradise that appeals to nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and history buffs alike. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the turquoise waters, discover the vibrant coral reefs, explore the lush forests, and soak in the rich cultural heritage of the indigenous tribes. A visit to the Andaman Islands promises an unforgettable experience filled with natural wonders, relaxation, and a deep connection with the beauty of the islands.

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