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 Rangat Island Tours

Rangat Island resides at a distance of 210 kilometres by road and 50 nautical miles by ferry from the capital city, Port Blair. Travellers can reach Rangat Island via government/private buses, ferries or even cabs. Rangat connects to Port Blair via Andaman Trunk Road, and the jolting journey to Rangat roughly takes 6-7 hours. The route crosses Jarawa Reserves on the west coasts of South and Middle Andaman. Ferries from Port Blair, Havelock, Neil and Long Island also lead to Rangat.

  • Government Buses: Regular morning bus services are available between Port Blair and Rangat. The primary and the most cost-effective option to reach Rangat from Port Blair is via buses. Bus Terminus in Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair is the departure point. These buses are non-air-conditioned despite the fact that it is the lifeline of islanders.
  • Private Buses: The 8-hour long journey becomes a convenient one, owing to the comfort of Air-conditioned buses that frequently run on this route.
  • Ferries: Another option to reach Rangat is via government ferry. The 5-6 hour long journey follows the route: Port Blair - Neil Island - Havelock Island - Rangat. Boats to Rangat are usually available 4-5 days a week, which is subject to availability.
  • Cabs: One can also hire a private cab from the airport to reach Rangat island. The journey ordinarily takes eight hours but can take less or more depending upon your pace.
  • Helicopter: The chopper takes under an hour to reach Rangat.

What's noteworthy-

  1. Tickets for buses are sold at the government Bus depot.
  2. Ferries are subject to availability and are less reliable as compared to other transfer options.

Getting Around

Getting around Rangat Island is not as complicated owing to the fact that Auto Rickshaws and walking are the primary means of transit.

Buses: Several morning bus services are available between Port Blair and Rangat. You can reach Rangat by opting for buses run by state govt. from Port Blair - The preferred one in which is around 4:30 AM. It takes approximately 8 hours to reach Rangat from Port Blair in a bus. The ticket can be purchased from the government Bus depot. We advise to book it in advance because there is a huge demand for government bus tickets by the locals.

From Bus stand at rangat you’ll have to hire public transport to reach your accommodation place and to do the sightseeing.

Cab : Another way to reach Rangat from Port Blair is by hiring a Private vehicle from Port Blair. It is advisable due to the comfort and assurance offered. You can also opt for a driver who serves as a tour guide for this excursion.

There are two ways to travel via water to reach rangat island-

Government Ferry: This would be a rough route taken by the ferry-Port Blair - Neil Island - Havelock Island - Rangat. It takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete this journey. Please note that the ferry does not sail daily and the ticket bookings open only 1-2 days before the departure. The ticket is issued from STAR ticket counter in Port Blair and the return ticket has to be booked from Rangat island. The cost of the ticket is ?300.

Motorboat: It is advisable to hire a motorboat if you are in a group, The time taken would be less than four hours.

What's Noteworthy -

  1. Tickets for buses are sold at the government Bus depot.
  2. Ferries are subject to availability and are less reliable as compared to other transfer options.
  • About

    About

    Mother Nature was incredibly generous with Rangat island, a fabled paradise with unrivalled beaches, some with volcanic rocks and other with pristine white sand, ideal for turtle nesting during the season. Despite that Rangat island doesn’t seem to be on the primary traveller circuit in Andamans. Unusual beaches are the main attraction, and what beaches! Exquisite strips of sand lapped by emerald waters and backed by lush hills, palm trees and boulders. Second-largest town in Andamans, Rangat sprawls over an area of 1070 square kilometres. How to Reach Rangat Island from Port Blair? Cradled between the North and Middle Andamans, Rangat island is roughly at a distance of 210 kilometres by road and 50 nautical miles by ferry from the capital city, Port Blair.

    There is plenty to do in a beach destination, holidays here do not have to be all about sea and sand unless you want them to be. Places to visit in Rangat Island are rarely on the traveller’s list of must-see places, but those who do end up here can be surprised by the attractions it has to offer. The island has a lot more to offer than often expected. It has spell-binding waterfalls! Dense forests! Mangrove sanctuaries! Spice plantations! Though the spots are more or less equidistant from Rangat, after some planning it is quite simple to explore all of them. The town itself has nothing much to offer from a tourist perspective except for the well-stocked market, food stalls and plenty of chai sellers.

    Acting as a transit point while travelling to North Andamans from Port Blair, Rangat island deserves much more than that. A remarkable eco-tourism destination in Andamans, sightseeing spots in Rangat Island is nirvana for nature enthusiasts. The things that you can indulge in here does not halt at lazing around in the beaches and absorbing the picturesque panoramas. One can also swim, sunbathe, watch the plethora of mangroves and witness the distinct species of turtles nesting in the Dhaninallah and Curtbert Bay beaches. When talking about the highlights of Rangat island, one can not miss the nature walk along with the diverse Mangrove ecosystem, setting an example of “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle”.

    People from Kerala and Tamil Nadu make the residency on the island which houses 75 small villages. Even though its population includes people from diverse linguistic groups, the locals primarily speak Bengali or Tamil. Fisheries and cultivation are the commonly practised occupations for locals. Amongst the must-visit tourist attractions in Rangat Island is Aamkunj Beach, excellent for swimming, sunbathing and recreation. Developed with an eco-friendly perspective, installation of eco huts and groves named after native flora, a visit to the beach is true bliss.

    Moricedera is another eco-tourism destination in Rangat which has a scenic freshwater stream serving as a natural swimming pool. Then comes Yerrata Mangrove Park and Yerrata Creek dotted with diverse mangroves, that boasts of a 13 m tall mangrove view watchtower to have a 360-degree view of the mangroves and the adjacent forest. Among other attractions, some of the places that always make it to the itinerary are, Cuthbert Bay Beach, Panchavati Hills and Long Island. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Rangat is under-explored and under-estimated. Time to change that!

  • FAQs

    How do I get to the island?

    It lies at a distance of 210 kilometres by road and 50 nautical miles by ferry from the capital city, Port Blair. The journey roughly takes 6-7 hours. You can use the regular morning bus service, the most cost-effective option. Private buses and cabs also run this route for eight hours. Government ferries pass through Neil Island and Havelock Island reaching Rangat finally. You can also travel via helicopter to save time by hours.

    When should I visit the island?

    You would come to find that the ideal months to visit are from October to March, in order to traverse the island basking in the tropical sun and to evade the troublesome monsoon showers.

    What are the highlights of the island?

    Namely, the Cuthbert Bay Beach, famous for its golden sandy beaches, Amkunj Beach, characterised by rocky black sand and Lalaji Bay View, the one for all kinds of tourists are the remarkable beaches. Serenity-radiating Panchvati Hills and the guitar-shaped Guitar Island along with the Long Island, characterised by white sandy beaches and the Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walkway, the largest of its kind in India are all worth your time.

    How long should I ideally stay?

    The ideal stay would be for two days. You would have explored the breathtakingly beautiful natural waterfalls and several beaches perfect for sunbathing and water sports. It could also serve as a pit stop on your way to Mayabunder or Diglipur.

    Do I need a permit to visit the island?

    You would not be asked for a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) as an outsider, in accordance with the Indian Government's recent decision to promote island tourism. You are expected to maintain your distance from the Jarawa tribe, which you might encounter en route. Your best interests lie in avoiding food offerings, photography and any attempt at communication with them. If found guilty, you would be held accountable constitutionally.

    What should I do in case of a medical emergency?

    You could visit the local hospital or traverse to nearby islands such as Mayabunder for better medical facilities. Travelling to Port Blair to seek treatment at the G.B. Pant Hospital is always an option. The capital city boasts of better medical services and strives to bring positive change in this area.

    How are the cellular networks on the island?

    The cellular networks range from absent to poor and might disappoint the visitors looking forward to staying connected with the world via technology. The Internet connection does no better and adds up to these woes. Yet, if you expect good connectivity in these remote areas, then you would be none the wiser. Instead, you could use this rare opportunity to connect with yourself, go out there and explore all that lies in front of you.

    Are there ATMs on the island?

    Yes, the State Bank of India runs an ATM, which is the only one on the island. Very few hotels accept card payment like the vendors who prefer cash. It is reasonable to carry enough cash with you, which could prove life-saving in case of an emergency.

  • 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.