Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?

  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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 Baratang Island Tours

Baratang Island lies 90 kilometres from the capital city, Port Blair. Grand Andaman Trunk Road is the gateway to enter Northern Andamans, and one can reach the island via the same. The 2.5-hour-long journey splits into two phases- Port Blair to Jirkatang and Jirkatang to Bartang. Travellers can either choose government/private buses from the terminal or hire a taxi from the airport. The journey incorporates one short vehicle-ferry connection among the islands. The road cuts through a jungle that is home to the indigenous Jarawa tribe when travelling to Baratang from Jirkatang hence the vehicles are required to leave in convoys. A stretch of 49-kilometre of Jarawa Reserve Forest leads to Middle strait jetty which transports one to the other side of the strait, which then leads to Baratang.

  • Buses: The most cost-effective approach to reach Baratang is by taking a government bus. Adding a tad comfort and expense to that, and AC buses serve the same purpose. One can board buses from Mohanpura Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar. The journey to the Middle Strait takes roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Cabs: If you are looking for the most convenient way to reach Baratang, private cabs are your best bet. Despite being a four-hour bumpy ride, the comfort of the car, wildernesses and cerulean waters makes the road trip quite exciting.

What's Noteworthy -

  1. Two-wheelers are not permitted to go all the way to Baratang.
  2. Interacting with the Jarawa tribe, offering them food, gifts or even clicking their photographs is strictly prohibited.

Getting Around -

Getting around Baratang is accessible for most as there are limited but enough means of transport. In the absence of tuk-tuks/auto-rickshaws, and no scooter or bike rentals possible, travel within the island can be in following ways.

  • Private Cabs: The most convenient means to travel to or within Baratang is also the more expensive one. Hiring a private cab gives you the flexibility to move as you please. Travellers often choose to drive down from Port Blair, see around Baratang and get back.
  • Shared Taxis: Mud Volcano at Baratang is almost 4 kilometre from the jetty, and the best means to reach there is by hiring a shared taxi at a nominal price for a round trip.
  • Buses: Route of government buses covers Mud Volcano as well as Baludera Beach, and can be a real pocket-friendly choice.
  • Ferries: Journey to Limestone Caves via sea takes nearly 50 minutes, and speed Boats are the best means to reach there. The boats are readily available at the jetty, and the prices are standard as well. The journey takes you through the heart of dense mangrove forest and is a lifetime experience for some.

What's Noteworthy -

  1. Remember to carry a torchlight on your trip to limestone caves as it gets pretty dark inside.
  2. Note the exact timings for the bus as there are only a few rides per day.
  3. Take note of the bus driver’s number after the journey in case you forget your whereabouts.
  • About

    About

    It is not easy to grasp what primarily constitutes Baratang Island. As soon as you fall for its beaches and mangrove creeks, limestone infested caves divert your awe. These caves, marsh woods, beaches, mud volcanoes, and what have you, Baratang is a massive island that has long been a favourite amongst travellers. How to Reach Baratang Island from Port Blair? Nestled between Middle and South Andaman, Baratang is the first gateway up north from Port Blair, the capital city which lies 100 kilometres away. The island sprawls over an area of 243 square kilometres and has everything to set your holiday mood. Despite its popularity as a one-day trip destination, Baratang offers umpteen experiences for travellers.

    Locally known as Ranchiwalas Island, Baratang Island got the name when a group of people from Ranchi migrated here and settled in. The island, however, is home to the local Jarawa tribes who were the primary inhabitants followed by Ranchi settlers. The major attractions that draw tourists to Baratang continue to be the Limestone Caves and the Mud Volcano. With fascinating opportunities such as sea walk, a boat ride through the mangroves, limestone cave trekking, hiking the mud volcano and more, Baratang is an emerging destination to quench your thirst for adventure.

    Andamans being a beach destination draws imagery of the landscape painted in hues of blue, adding places to visit in Baratang Island to the itinerary brings a fresh and perhaps greener version of Andamans to light. Those who choose to spend a night or two in the island can revel upon the virgin beaches, rare bird watching opportunities, a rural way of life on an island, adventurous boat rides and plenty of inexpensive authentic local dishes. From trekking and hiking to underwater expeditions, Baratang Island is a treat for a gipsy soul! Not yet developed into a commercial tourist destination like its neighbours, Baratang is a natural delight.

    Sightseeing spots in Baratang Island are beyond what you ever imagined. Did you ever imagine yourself surrounded by volcanoes? Well, in Baratang you can even hike around these volcanoes that do not emit molten lava, but instead, natural gases like methane. Did you ever imagine yourself taking a casual stroll underwater? Well, in Baratang you can walk with the schools of fishes. What felt like a dream once can now be a reality. To top it all, a half an hour boat ride through mangrove creeks and a one and a half kilometre walk through the forest leads to caves with sedimentary limestone formations hanging from the top and growing on the ground. The exquisite limestone caves of Baratang island feels like stepping into the magical realm of Alice in Wonderland.

    And that is not all. Tourist attractions in Baratang Island also have some alluring beaches that are perfect for sitting by and taking in the view of the sun painting the skies crimson, or go traversing the land like the traveller you are. And if you want to get adventurous, then one can try canoeing, snorkelling, swimming or the epic sea walking. If your idea of paradise is serene and postcard-perfect landscape, then Baratang Island is the answer to all your prayers.

  • FAQs

    How do I get to the island?

    It lies 90 kilometres from the capital city, Port Blair. You can take a government or private bus from Mohanpura Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar. Or else, you could book a private cab. Remember that two-wheelers do not have permission to go the whole way.

    When should I visit the island?

    Visiting the island in the late winter and early summer months from November to February would work best for you. The low chances of rainfall make it a safe choice to see around with no worries in mind. Additionally, these months are not just favourites of tourists but also the locals.

    What are the highlights of the island?

    Let's say that the tropical Limestone Caves, the fascinating Mud Volcanoes, the majestic Parrot Island and the serene Baludera Beach are among the few highlights, enough to keep you engaged and yet craving for more.

    How long should I ideally stay?

    You need at least a day or two to enjoy all that the island has to offer. You also need to keep a day handy to allow improvisation in the itinerary due to the strict time restrictions be it transport-related or entry-related.

    Do I need a permit to visit the island?

    The outsiders no longer require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) in the wake of the recent decision by the Indian government as a step forward to promote tourism in not only 11 uninhabited but also 29 inhabited islands in the Andamans. We would still urge you to avoid any interactions with the tribals on your part.

    What should I do in case of a medical emergency?

    You can reach Port Blair, the capital city, to avail any medical services. There you would find various medical stores and hospitals. To name, the affordable and the most reputed hospital in the city, G.B. Pant Hospital is known to provide effective treatments to the patients. You would get access to ambulances, X-ray machines and captive power generators as a result of modernization in medical services. Few homoeopathy dispensaries are also an option available.

    How are the cellular networks on the island?

    Honestly, the cellular networks are a matter of concern on the island. The inconsistent mobile signal causes frequent call drops. Patchy network hinders the mobile data usage resulting in download-upload errors. Barring BSNL almost all networks have bad connectivity and the ones that don't, make up for it by only providing very basic services. We would highly recommend that you either buy or carry extra BSNL SIM cards in addition to taking the help of a tour operator to avoid any risks. Though the Internet is available in some areas yet the slow connection makes it difficult to work with it. However, we would like to add that there is a hope of improvement in the upcoming season.

    Are there ATMs on the island?

    Yes, a few, which are replenished with cash in four to five days. Nevertheless, we advise you to carry enough or at least a decent amount of cash with you. Unlike the island, the capital city, Port Blair, has various ATMs at your disposal.

  • Do's & Don'ts

    Do's :

    1. Take a copy of your tickets and permits with you at all times.
    2. Check the certification of the tour operator before booking.
    3. Carry sunscreen because the tropical sea wind along with sun is harmful to the skin.
    4. Carry a waterproof bag to keep important documents.
    5. Contact Tourist information centres in the islands for any assistance.
    6. While driving, Carry legal documents like driving license, permit, passport and follow traffic rules.
    7. Do wear a helmet while riding two-wheeler motor vehicles.
    8. Swim in safe areas only. And Consult lifeguards at the coast before entering the sea.
    9. Remember to carry all the necessary items like sunscreen lotion, comfortable footwear, camera and sunglasses.
    10. If you want to capture a photo/video in any tourist attraction, then obtain permission. All the tourist attractions spots will carry notice boards about approval.
    11. Use the dustbins for disposing of garbage. Help keep the Andaman Islands litter-free, please do not throw waste in parks, on beaches, into the sea or public places.
    12. Carry essential documents like permits and driving license with you at all times while travelling in the Andaman Islands.
    13. Get necessary permits from the authorities for visiting National Parks of the island.
    14. Be sensitive to the privacy and lifestyle of the local tribes.
    15. Avail the service of qualified Instructors having certification of international organizations (PADI, CMAS, NAUI) for a safe scuba diving session.
    16. Inform authorities if you notice any illegal/undesirable activity on the island.
    17. Foreign nationals must keep their restricted area permit with them at all times.

    Don'ts :

    1. Do not smoke in public areas.
    2. Plastic carry-bags are prohibited in the Andaman Islands, kindly consider jute/ recycled bags for your comfort.
    3. The island is renowned for its flora and fauna - Do not hunt birds and animals both on land and on the sea.
    4. Travelling to tribal reserves without a special pass is prohibited.
    5. Overnight Stays in forest areas or beaches are not allowed. We advise you to return before the sunset.
    6. Unless permitted, Camping on the islands and lighting bonfires in beaches or forests is a punishable offence.
    7. Breaking and touching a live coral is prohibited. Visitors are advised not to collect any dead coral as well.
    8. Please do not take pictures of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman or record their activities. It is a punishable crime under the Indian Penal Code.
    9. Do not swim when drunk, it is not safe, and there are massive repercussions against the offender.
    10. Nudity is not acceptable on all Andaman beaches and public areas.
    11. Do not overstay at the islands past your permit time.
    12. Be very careful when visiting specific beaches where the crocodile sign is up. There have been some instances of people who ignored it and ended up getting attacked by the crocodile.
    13. Do not ride a bike or scooter without a helmet. The authorities in Andaman are strict about Road safety - both the rider and pillion must wear a helmet.
    14. Do not go for snorkelling by yourself, especially at prohibited areas of the beaches in Andaman island.