From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
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.
The first gateway up north from the capital city, Baratang Island is located between Middle and South Andaman. It is approximately 100 kilometers far from Port Blair and thus, you will need a full day to admire its beauty. This popular one-day trip destination in the Andaman Islands features fascinating tidal swamp forests that are hard to see anywhere else. The island is slightly less developed, but still a wonderful natural delight. It is not a major tourist hub because not everyone knows about this hidden gem of the Andaman Islands. There are no advanced tourist facilities, fancy restaurants, or luxury accommodations. The majority of the locals do not speak English. However, all this further enhances the beauty and natural glow of the place. Fortunately, the island hasn’t been commercialised yet and it is in some way a very good thing. If you are looking forward to book budget resorts in Baratang Island, there are a few good options.
The island is slightly less developed, but those deciding to stay here are rewarded with untouched beaches, exciting bird-watching opportunities, a rural way of life, adventurous mangrove boat rides, and a lot more. The beach resorts in Baratang Island are beautiful as well as comfortable. These are not less than a lovely natural paradise surrounded by white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs, and a lush green forest. Guests can appreciate the amazing views of the beach while staying at these properties. If you want to plan a suitable itinerary as per your budget and requirements, then you can avail the service of resorts’ travel desk to help you out. With all the available modern amenities, you are sure to enjoy your outing and have a memorable experience here. The room services are prompt and the ambiance is homely thus ensuring that the esteemed guests feel at home.
There are hotel properties that offer premium rooms from where you can enjoy the breathtaking valley views. They have queen beds, room services, Wi-Fi, charging points, and other facilities to make sure that you feel comfortable. The best hotels in Baratang Island are as follows: