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
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 best thing you can do to enlighten your sense of taste when travelling to a new destination is to try out local food indigenous to that area. Andaman is a paradise for sea food lovers, as the staple food includes rice, coconut and lots of sea food freshly harvested from the oceans of Bay of Bengal. Andaman is a home to wide variety of cuisine including South India, Bengali, and Andhra. This culturally diverse tastes permeate high-end restaurants on the beach and less expensive cafes and hotels all over the Island.
If you are heading to Andaman, get ready to fill your tummy with local dishes that this paradise has to offer. Confused what to eat or try? Here are some of Andaman’s most delectable multicultural dishes.
Fish is the healthiest protein that we can have. The Island being close to Bay of Bengal is a home to many edible fishes. Therefore seafood lovers will never be disappointed here. The fish curry is rich in silky coconut milk, flavored with fennel, peppers, and native spices, the aroma of fresh curry leaves and tartness of tomato makes this dish mouth-watering. Pour the scrumptious gravy onto your plate, mix it with rice to experience the most blissful sauce of life.
This curry turns out to be a magical dish by adding the fish masalas prepared in the most natural way. From the time Bengalis discovered the very essence of their existence, this dish has been complimenting their intangible cultural heritage of Bengal. Hence, the added advantage of Andaman Island falling in the coastal region brings in more joy to the natives as they get to experience the utterly delectable flavors blended with the fish. Never miss to taste the magic of Macher Jhol on your trip to Andaman.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken tikka masala is a true British national dish but in Indian cuisine it is improvised by adding sauce and some Indian spices. It is a creation of exotic Indian spices and cool British techniques. The major step is to tenderize the chicken by marinating with various spices, yogurt and then bake on a skewer. Then the grilled meat is cooked in a gravy flavored with a myriad of spices making it creamy, spicy and yummylicious! This utterly delicious dish is served with rice, roti or naan depending on the customers’ preference.
Coconut Prawn Curry
Unlike other Indian recipes this is truly very aromatic and exotic! The curry is pretty authentic with spices that are freshly ground making it lip-smacking. The curry is served with steamed rice. This is truly a satisfying meal making you feel like you are home- warm, and safe. Don’t miss this authentic dish during your tour to Andaman, just imagine yourself sitting in a beach tasting this curry!
Islands and barbequed fish go hand in hand. You have a wide variety of options in Andaman from whole fish like salmon to shrimp, and lobsters where everything is a mouthwatering choice. Barbeque is a delicious way to enjoy sea food seasoned with lemon, pepper and everything nice. Especially for seafood lovers or foodies this is a great opportunity to relish the delectable taste of freshly available fish barbequed at the sandy beaches of Andaman. Do try it! When you visit Andaman during your next holidays, this pristine beaches has a lot to offer when it comes to barbeque food.
Cooking protein on a tandoor oven is an immensely popular method of cooking in India. Tandoori fish is packed with flavors making it spicy, smoky irresistible. The fish is marinated with yogurt, tomato puree, ginger, garlic, and green chilies before cooking to add a unique flavor to the dish. When served hot with lemon slices and onion salad. It is a must try during your trip to Andaman.
Lobster is luxury! This luxury is found abundantly in the oceans of Andaman. Buying them live is the best way to guarantee its freshness, which is simple in Andaman. A whole grilled lobster with a simple dressing of chili spiked garlic butter will bring out its natural sweetness. Lobster is the most diverse and extravagant dish but a must try during your trip to keep you healthy all through your vacation
This melting tender seafood is a perfect appetizer. Squid is cut into rings and mixed with a unique blend of spices to make it taste delectable. Fried squid is crispy, aromatic, and perfectly tender. This flavorful crispy seafood is a pure joy to indulge with on your trip to Andaman.
Why not enjoy eating this cutaneous seafood in Andaman? Eating a portion of this has a lot of incredible health benefits. It is a great source of protein making it a perfect diet for fitness freaks during a vacation. Not only its benefits, when freshly prepared they are a delicacy to rival lobsters.
If you are a vegetarian and don’t know what is food available for you on this land of Ocean? Eating healthy vegetarian and vegan meals during your trip is truly important. The island has got a lot of restaurants in and out where you can find yummy and authentic vegetarian food.
Amritsari kulcha or stuffed Indian bread is a Punjabi special famous in Amritsar. It is usually stuffed with onions, potatoes, peas, and lentil while the kicked up version is more exotic when stuffed with cottage cheese. This scrumptious bread is rich, sophisticated and most importantly Yum! When served with chickpea and tamarind chutney soaked with onion gives it the additive tangy taste. During your visit to Andaman never ever forget to enjoy the rich flavor of this traditional meal.
If you are unsure about the quintessential Indian cuisine then you must try Indian ‘Thali food’ which is more like a cultural exploration and makes for a complete meal itself. This traditional feast make for the perfect assortment of delicious regional dishes on a single platter. Every region has its own take on thali, with an array of different south Indian delicacies such as Chennai, Kerala, Bangalore, and Karnataka. Don’t miss the taste of South India served in small bowls on a thali. When you order Thali in restaurants and hotels of Andaman you get a large plate containing multiple bowls loaded with food.
Rice, roti, and Naan
Rice is the staple food in Andaman, whereas Indian breads such as roti and naan are the primary menu of most people. Naan is a soft flat bread made of white flour ( all-purpose flour), and roti is made of wheat flour. Rice is harvested in the fields of Andaman so you can find rice in every restaurants and hotels. This combination is a balanced and healthy diet in every north Indian cuisine. One can fine roti, naan and rice in every restaurants and hotels of Andaman served with perfect combination of curries to experience the full splendor of the meal.
This spicy vegan curry is full of flavor infused with delicious, aromatic Indian spices. The delectable and aromatic freshly ground spices makes this curry truly delicious. Chili curry is very hot and spicy, but it is totally worth trying. A trip to Andaman cannot be fulfilled for vegans without trying this curry so, don’t miss it!