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  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
  • 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.

  • 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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Barren Island Tour

Barren Island Tour
Date : 05 Apr 2023
Categories: Andaman Travels

A trip to Andamans should be part of everyone’s bucket list. The land of beaches is truly a paradise waiting to be explored. It is the perfect place if you want to relax and enjoy the beauty of the world’s brilliant nature. If you have an adventurous bone in your body, you may also want to try water sports like scuba diving and snorkelling

If you want to try something fun, you should know that the Andamans is a great place for game fishing. Barren Island is one of the places in the Andamans that is very popular for game fishing. Apart from that, you can try a variety of fun water sports at Barren Island. Here’s why you must make a Barren Island Tour when you are at the Andamans. 

What makes a Barren Island tour so special? 

Barren Island is at the top of the list of special places to visit in the Andamans. But what makes the island so special? Well, Barren Island is a volcanic island. Not just that, it is the only active volcano in the entirety of South Asia. The island lies along a series of volcanoes from Myanmar and Sumatra and is the only one that is currently active. 

The volcano was previously reported to have erupted in the 1700s. But, after more than 100 years, it erupted again in the early 2000s. There are many volcanoes in the world but not all of them are active. That’s why many people, especially volcano enthusiasts and geo tourists, visit the island. 

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Make a fun sailing trip to Barren Island

You can take an exciting charter boat trip to Barren Island. Feel the velvety breeze of the sea and a view so stunning, you will want to be there forever. Charter boats come with many benefits like food and beverages. Most boats even have kitchens, and of course, guides to help you navigate the exciting activities throughout your trip. 

Charter boats are the only way to go for a Barren Island tour. Since it is a volcanic island, the living condition on the island is very harsh. This is why the island is uninhabited and apart from a few feral goats, birds, and rodents, nobody lives on the island. Hence, regular passenger ferries do not go to the island. 

How to reach Barren Island

As mentioned above, charter boats are the only way to go to Barren Island if you want to enjoy various activities near the island. There are also a few cruise services available that you can take if you want to see the island but do not want to partake in any of the water activities. 

Both cruises and charter boats to Barren Island are available from Port Blair and Havelock Island. It will take you 4-5 hours to reach Barren Island from Port Blair, while from Havelock you’ll complete the journey in 2-3 hours. However, note that even Havelock is accessible from Port Blair via a passenger ferry that can take you another 2-3 hours. 

It would make sense for you to go to Barren Island from Havelock only if you want to spend in Havelock. This wouldn’t be a bad idea. After all, Havelock is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the Andamans boasting many beautiful beaches and amazing diving spots. 

Also, the best time to visit the island is between November to February. This is because the weather in the tropical island is pleasant and sunny around this time. 

Barren Island Tour: how much do you have to spend

A trip to Barren Island by charter boat will easily set you off by INR 130,000-150,000. Charter boats are private boats that accommodate up to eight people. You can cut down the cost of the trip if you travel with friends or family. 

The cost also includes all meals and beverages. You’ll also be able to add any gear you need for your activities within the total cost. 

Apart from the cost of booking a charter boat, you’d also have to pay for an official permit to visit Barren Island from the government at the Andamans. This permit will cost you around INR 1000 if you are an Indian national. If you are a foreign national, you’d have to pay around INR 3500. 

Fun things to do in your Barren Island Tour

There are many fun things that you can do near Barren Island. One thing to note is that you will not be allowed to step on the island itself. This is because the island is off-limits to civilians in general. But the marine ecosystem around the island is so rich, that you wouldn’t miss not being able to go for a hike on the island. Here are some things that you can do on your Barren Island tour: 

Snorkelling: Snorkelling is a great water sport that you can enjoy even if you do not know how to swim. You can just float in the waterand enjoy a view of the underwater world with the help of your snorkelling gear. 

Fishing: Barren Island is famous for game fishing. This is because the marine ecosystem water boasts a variety of game fish like giant marlins and tunas. Your charter boat will come with the fishing gear you’ll need. You’ll also get guides who’ll be able to guide you to the right spots for fishing. You can try game fishing at Barren Island even if you have never fished before. 

Scuba diving: One of the main attractions of the Andamans isscuba diving and Barren Island is no exception.The island boasts some of the best scuba diving spots in the Andamans. Both soft and hard corals fill the extraordinary and ash-coloured landscape underwater that many believe is the result of the continuous impact of the volcano.

The catch here is that you’d have to be an experienced scuba diver with advanced-level certification if you want to scuba dive near Barren Island as the terrain is a bit complex for beginners in scuba diving. If you have an advanced-level certification, you should try Purple Haze, Barren Garden, and Manta Point to get the best experience.

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