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 Port Blair Tours

The base to explore most of the exotic sites of Andamans, Port Blair offers more than your usual capital does. Port Blair, the portal to all other islands of the archipelago, is connected to mainland India by air as well as sea. While the flight takes 2-3 hours to reach the airport, a ship takes 3–4 days to arrive at the jetty. Port Blair lies approximately 1551 miles from New Delhi, 1417 miles from Mumbai, and 778 miles from Kolkata. Flights are the best way to reach Port Blair, as they are convenient and hassle-free. Veer Savarkar International Airport dwells about 2 kilometres south of Port Blair. Ship services frequent from Chennai, sailing 3-4 times every month. Sailing cuts down the cost significantly but at the expense of the time taken.

What's Noteworthy-

  1. One must consider factors such as Sea Sickness, Weather, Food, and Clean Cabins before booking a sailing trip to Andamans.
  2. Flights are more convenient and comfortable than ships.

Getting to Other Islands -

Andaman Trunk Road connects Port Blair to Northern Andamans. Ferries frequent between Middle and Southern Andamans. While Government buses shuttle in the former route, government ferries commute in the latter. Though locals get preference in government transport, private transit and cruises cater to the tourists. Private ferries also deliver a promise of premium travel experience and are equipped for tourism.

Port Blair -> Neil Island

In lack of connectivity via roads, Port Blair and Neil Island connect via sea route through a govt ferry or private cruise.

Port Blair -> Havelock Island

Havelock is an isolated island and therefore remains detached to Port Blair physically via any road. The only way to commute is via ferry and cruise operating through the route daily.

Port Blair -> North Andamans (Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunder, and Diglipur)

Port Blair is well connected via Andamans Trunk Road to most of the North Andaman Islands. The route encompasses a bus journey along with the vehicle ferry to cover the distance faster.

Port Blair -> Jolly Buoy Island

One can obtain boat tickets and forest permit from the IP&T office and reach Wandoor Beach where the journey originates.

Port Blair -> North Bay Island

One can firstly reach the Water Sports Complex and then hire a boat to North Bay Island.

Getting Around -

  • Cabs: One of the most convenient means to cover the ground on Andamans, cabs are readily available near the jetty and the airport.
  • Bus: Both government and private buses operate throughout Port Blair for inter-city as well as intra-city travel.
  • Ferry / Cruise: Port Blair connects three crucial routes where almost 45 trips operate. Ferries are available to destinations ideal for one-day trips and overnight cruises for long journeys.
  • Auto Rickshaws: Tuk-tuks are in abundance and available throughout the day in most parts of Port Blair. Though the charge is nominal for locals, they often overcharge tourists.
  • Walking: A great option as long as you remember your trail and some landmark.

What's Noteworthy -

  1. It is better to book everything in advance.
  2. Fix the prices before the onset of your journey.
  • About Port Blair

    About Port Blair

    From providing a smooth sailing entry into Andamans to being a comfortable base to explore most of the island's exotic sites, Port Blair is more than just the capital city. It is your one-stop introduction or gateway to Andamanese culture, lifestyle and of course, beauty. Whether a backpacker or a group of thrill-seeking friends, Andamans deem to be a haven for everyone seeking to elope from the monotonous 9 to 5 life. How to Reach Port Blair? Connected to mainland India by both air and sea, it takes 2-3 hours to reach Port Blair's Veer Savarkar International Airport via flight, and 3–4 days to arrive at the jetty via sea. The capital city provides easy access to most of the must-do things on an Andamans itinerary.

    Port Blair itself holds quite a lot for travellers, who mainly come here to go down the historical lane, for museum hopping, experience the glorious beaches, or to commence their journey into the rest of the archipelago. Port Blair welcomes all sorts of vacationers be it honeymooners, food and culture partisans, nature enthusiasts, party animals or serious backpackers. Tourist Attractions in Port Blair have something for everyone. The markets and streets of Port Blair can be quite impressive with a blend of hotels, restaurants, resorts, shops and more. Port Blair is fitting to set up base and then move on to explore the other things to do and places to visit in Andamans. Places to Visit in Port Blair are -

    The highest point in South Andamans, Mount Harriet stands 1200 feet tall, 15 kilometres from Port Blair. The sightseeing spots in Port Blair - From tribes and their unique lifestyle to archives of the colonial history of the island; From information on the biodiversity of the island to its marine life, the museums here are a gateway to history and culture. Out of the three beaches that the city houses, namely Carbyn's Cove Beach, Wandoor Beach, and Mundapahar Beach, Corbyn's Cove is the only beach where swimming is permissible. Cellular Jail is a national memorial of great historical significance for India and is the most prominent tourist spot in Andamans. Once used by the British for deporting political prisoners from India, it was then known as Kaalapani. The light and sound show display after sunset is a must-watch.

    Corbyn's Cove beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the Andamans and is the hub for all water activity in Port Blair. Chidiya Tapu as the name signifies is a haven for bird-watchers and finds mention in the offbeat day-trips from Port Blair. Andamans is way up on the list when it comes to thinking of dream destinations for a beach holiday - even its the name is magical. Port Blair is a tangle of winding streets that seem to lead everywhere and nowhere. In the early morning hours, when the tourist shops are closed, life in the town remains as it has for years. It is not difficult to imagine travellers combing its streets, looking for souvenirs and eateries. Blessed with the panoramic view of the beach, blazing sun, white sand and the sea, Port Blair lies exactly where a capital city should lie - in the heart of Andamans.

  • FAQs

    • When should I visit the island?

      You could visit in the months from October to April, to be welcomed by the pleasant weather right into the turtle nesting season. Though the monsoons boost biodiversity, yet they cause slippery surfaces and increase travelling hazards.

    • What are the highlights of the island?

      We recommend Ross & Smith Islands, also recognised in the pictures by a symbolic natural sandbar joining these sister islands, Alfred Caves, a cluster of extraordinary 41 limestone caves, Jal Tikry, around 41 active muddy craters resulting out of mud volcanoes, and Saddle Peak National Park, the highest point in the Bay of Bengal. In beaches, you can visit Kalipur Beach, famed for its volcano grey sand and turtle nesting, Lamiya Bay Beach, the foothill for the highest peak of the Andaman- known as "Saddle peak", Ramnagar Beach, with open tree houses to bask in its glory, and Pathi Level Beach, boasting of its white-sand beaches, remarkable coastline and crystal clear waters.

    • How long should I ideally stay?

      Ideally, you would need four days in hand, minus the commute time, to discover the bliss that is Diglipur. The instant you feel that you have seen it all would also be the one where you realise that there is more, from where it came. For seekers of solitude, it works wonders as it does for adventure sports enthusiasts. You shouldn't have to regret missing out on stuff later due to shortage of time.

    • Do I need a permit to visit the island?

      You would not need to produce a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) as an outsider following the Indian Government's recent decision to advance tourism on the island. You might encounter the Jarawa tribe en route, which is why we suggest you to neither click photographs nor offer food or gifts to them. It would also be in your best interest to avoid trying to communicate with them as it is not only dangerous but also legally punishable.

    • What should I do in case of a medical emergency?

      Diglipur has its Community Health Centre. The nearest hospital is the G.B. Pant Hospital at Port Blair which offers a team of super-specialised doctors in the various departments.

    • How are the cellular networks on the island?

      Not going to lie, visitors do face severe network issues. Even if you find a functional 2G network, you still experience call drops, voice breaks during calls. Nevertheless, the primary purpose with which a traveller arrives here is not defeated- to disconnect from the contemporary world and find peace. Regardless, we urge you to stay with your guide at all times if possible. He would prove to be a great help as the only one who knows the area inside out and can keep you away from danger.

    • Are there ATMs on the island?

      Yes, there are ATMs run by State Bank of India, Axis Bank and Syndicate Bank on the island. The hotels and vendors prefer cash over card payment. Carrying sufficient amounts in cash would be wise.

  • 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.