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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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Scuba Diving in Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Can I scuba dive in the Andaman Islands if I do not know how to swim?

    Of course, you can. For non-swimmers, there is a special program known as the Discover Scuba Dive program. In this, you will be accompanied by a licensed and experienced dive professional throughout your dive.

  • Q2.   How safe is scuba diving in the Andamans?

    Diving in the Andaman Islands is an extremely safe water sport. All safety standards and procedures are followed carefully. Divemasters and instructors have globally recognized certifications. They are completely trained in dive supervision, diver rescue, Emergency First Response (EFR), etc.

  • Q3.   How do I go about booking a spot for my course or fun dive in the Andaman Islands?

    It is always a good idea to book your scuba diving slot in the Andamans well in advance. During the peak season, it becomes very difficult to get a slot. You can make the booking by contacting Andaman Island Travels to save yourself from the last-minute chaos.

  • Q4.   What are the timings for my course or fun dive in the Andamans?

    Scuba diving takes place in the earlier half of the day between 6 am and 1 pm. You may be required to spend more time later in the day in case you have enrolled yourself in the course. It will depend on the instructor’s schedule and the progress of your theory.

  • Q5.   I am a certified diver but haven’t dived in a long time. What should I do before I can dive again in the Andamans?

    It would be a great idea if you undertake a Refresher Course if it has been over one year since you dived last time. It will help you in revisiting standard scuba diving skills and procedures again. 

  • Q6.   How old do I have to be to become a certified diver in the Andaman Islands? Is there an upper age limit?

    One can start diving from the age of ten years. As long as your physical and mental healths are good, there is not any upper age limit on learning scuba diving in the Andamans. However, there are certain medical conditions because of which you may not be allowed to dive. These conditions are more prevalent among older people.

  • Q7.   Is there any difference between PADI and SSI certification?

    In content and application, both PADI and SSI (Scuba Schools International) are quite similar. But with SSI, there is a minor cost benefit as you don’t have to purchase any study material (except for the divemaster course).

  • Q8.   My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Will they hurt when I scuba dive in the Andamans?

    Ears hurt due to the water pressure on the eardrums. You will learn simple techniques to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure in your scuba course.

  • Q9.   I wear powered glasses. How do I see underwater without them while scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    There are diving masks with prescription lenses available. You can enjoy your diving experience to the fullest with these.

  • Q10.   How many dives can I do in a day in the Andamans?

    Normally, one can do up to three dives in a day but that is subject to availability and advance booking.

  • Q11.   How long do you need to wait to fly after diving in the Andaman Islands?

    After a single dive, you need to wait for at least twelve hours before taking the flight. In the case of multiple flights, you need to wait for at least eighteen hours before flying. 

  • Q12.   Can I dive in the monsoon in the Andamans?

    Yes, one can dive in the monsoon season but it is not popular in the Andaman Islands. Underwater conditions are not affected by rains significantly but rains result in rough weather and choppy seas. This may discourage long boat rides. Thus, avoid diving in the monsoons here. 

  • Q13.   Where can I stay in the Andaman Islands after my dive?

    Our best recommendation in this case would be Havelock Island Beach Resort located in Swaraj Dweep. Havelock Island anyway is the best place for scuba diving in the Andamans. The resort has its own dive center that offers a number of exciting water activities as well. After completing your dive with them, you can stay at this beachfront resort that is counted among the top ones across the island. 

  • Q14.   Is scuba diving in the Andamans easy?

    Yes, Scuba diving in the Andaman Islands is extremely easy. It is not tough at all. First, a practice session in the shallow waters is given first so that you are familiarised with the experience to some extent. You will be taught the use of scuba diving gear, sign language for communicating underwater, etc. After your training session, you can easily dive deep into the water and enjoy your scuba diving experience. To make everything smoother for you, a licensed diver will accompany you throughout your dive. 

  • Q15.   What is the price of scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    Scuba diving in the Andamans starts from Rs.3,500 per person. This price includes one scuba diving session, instructor charges, and underwater photos of your dive. The duration of the dive is around 45 minutes to one hour. You can spot diverse fishes during this time under the water.

  • Q16.   Can kids also do scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    In the Andaman Islands, kids can also scuba dive. However, the minimum age limit is ten years. Also, the instructors will examine the child before approving. If he/she is allowed to go further, an instructor will accompany him/her during the sport.

  • Q17.   Where should I scuba dive in the Andamans?

    Havelock Island in the Andamans is the best place for scuba diving in whole India. The marine life here is exceptionally rich and mesmerising. Colorful fishes and corals are sure to take your breath away.

  • Q18.   Which is the best place for scuba diving in the Andamans?

    Scuba diving is the most sought-after water activity for visitors travelling the Andaman Islands. Deep down the turquoise waters, you can experience marine life at its best. The best way to witness the colorful submerged world and get close to the marvels of the underwater world is to go for scuba diving in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). This recreational water sport is enjoyed by everyone around the globe and people from different countries visit this splendid island to experience the magic.

  • Q19.   Is it safe to scuba diving in the Andamans?

    With no medical complications if you are in the best of your health, then you are all set to go for scuba diving. At the time of activity, scuba gear will be provided to you, and before diving into the sea, you will have to attend a training session with expert instructors. A licensed diver will accompany you throughout the dive.

  • Q20.   What is the best time for scuba diving in Havelock Island?

    The best time for scuba diving in Havelock Island is between November and February as the water temperature is the most pleasant during this time period. Also, if you want to avoid any last-minute hassles, then book your scuba diving slot well in advance.

  • Q21.   Which things should I carry with me while going for scuba diving in the Andamans?

    There are certain things that you should carry while going to your scuba diving site. Keep these in a bag and leave outside the water. You will need them after your diving is complete and you are out of the water. These things are as follows:

    • Towel
    • Water bottle
    • Extra set of clothes
    • Personal medicine kit, if needed
  • Q22.   Which things should I carry with me while going for scuba diving in the Andamans?

    There are certain things that you should carry while going to your scuba diving site. Keep these in a bag and leave outside the water. You will need them after your diving is complete and you are out of the water. These things are as follows:

    • Towel
    • Water bottle
    • Extra set of clothes
    • Personal medicine kit, if needed
  • Q23.   Which things should I carry with me while going for scuba diving in the Andamans?

    There are certain things that you should carry while going to your scuba diving site. Keep these in a bag and leave outside the water. You will need them after your diving is complete and you are out of the water. These things are as follows:

    • Towel
    • Water bottle
    • Extra set of clothes
    • Personal medicine kit, if needed
  • Q24.   Which things should I carry with me while going for scuba diving in the Andamans?

    There are certain things that you should carry while going to your scuba diving site. Keep these in a bag and leave outside the water. You will need them after your diving is complete and you are out of the water. These things are as follows:

    • Towel
    • Water bottle
    • Extra set of clothes
    • Personal medicine kit, if needed