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  • 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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Diving For the First Time? Know These 10 Tips for Your Complete Safety

Date : 01 Oct 2020
Categories: Andaman Travels

For ocean lovers, the world is twice as huge than for ordinary people. The vastness of a sea offers a lot to explore, and is completely different from anything else that you have experienced before. The underwater world is totally unique where you can witness hundreds of species in their natural habitat as well as gorgeous landscapes. And if you are diving for the first time, then it is like discovering a new continent or stepping on the moon.

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Making you a part of the ocean, scuba diving is a wonderful adventure activity. It makes you feel as if you are just another fish swimming in the water. However, it is not an easy sport and involves some serious risks. That’s why mastering it requires a lot of practice and knowledge. And to do that, you have to start with your first fun dive. Many people take a basic course before going on an actual dive in order to learn the basics of breathing, floating, controlling the pressure, etc. They start in a swimming pool and move to the sea when they start feeling comfortable. Following the instructor step by step, they learn to dive and feel like a native of the underwater universe.

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If you have decided to go for your first scuba dive, then these tips will help you a lot in doing it the correct way. But the most crucial thing is to always follow the directions of your trainer. 

#1 Pick up a good day 

Diving is greatly affected by weather conditions. Underwater currents are created by waves and they make it tough to reach the point of immersion. If the conditions are unfavorable, then try another day. No compromise should be made in such a situation. 

#2 Get all your questions answered

You should not go underwater with doubts in your mind because once you are down, then you will not be able to communicate. It is vital that you know what you should do at any time, the protocols, etc. In order to ensure total safety, ask everything from your instructor whatever is there in your mind.

#3 Breathe!

Remember to breathe normally because you have an oxygen cylinder on your back. There may be situations when your nerves or instinct may make you keep from holding your breath while you dive. But just focus on relaxing along with inhaling and exhaling slowly as if you were on the land. Never hold your breath!

#4 Follow your gut feeling

Believe your instinct. We, humans, are wise and can perceive, instinctively, when something is not going as planned. In case of doubt, analyze the situation and contact your trainer. 

#5 Look but don’t touch

Forget what you see in movies or documentaries. The basic rule under the water is to look at everything but touch nothing. Even if you want to. There are different fishes, seaweed, corals, etc. about which you don’t know anything. They may harm you if you interfere in their privacy. Be cautious!

#6 Rise cautiously

After the dive, do not be in a rush to return to the surface. By hurrying, you can hurt your lungs because of experiencing a sudden change in pressure. You should rise slower than the column of bubbles released with each exhalation of air.

# 7 Don’t move too much

In comparison with air, water is nearly 800 times denser. Thus, any movement means much more effort. Try not to move too much so that you don’t get tired fast, and some air is saved. 

#8 Be a good partner

You only have one another under the water. So try to be a good diving partner always. Know your limitations as well as your partner’s- diving level, health status, underwatercommunication, equipment status, etc. 

#9 Get ready (physically & mentally)

Safe diving includes excellent physical fitness and attitude. It is essential that you maintain a positive outlook under the water and also be able to control your nerves in case you come across any trouble. 

#10 Check the equipment

Two pairs of eyes see more than one. So, make sure that you check yours as well as your partner’s equipment before the dive. Also, make sure that the neoprene and glasses adapt properly to your body.

You will be prepared for your first dive in the open sea by following the above-explained tips as well as the ones your instructor gives you. Live such a magical experience to the fullest and capture everything in your eyes because what the first scuba dive offers is something that is hard to find anywhere else!

Jacques Cousteau already said it, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” When you will be underwater, nothing else will matter at all. You will experience the ultimate calmness. You will feel like an astronaut who is exploring a whole new planet. Everything will move slowly, including your fins and heartbeat. All your worries and problems will be left behind on dry land. You will simply breathe and enjoy whatever your eyes will witness. Fishes will come closer to you out of their curiosity. Youwill be an alien in their world. If you have decided to take that leap of faith, then Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep) is your one-stop destination. The island is known for the best diving spots in India. The azure waters are clear that ensure good visibility. Also, you may spot colorful corals at some sites. You can book your stay as well as the scuba diving slot at a well-known property in Andaman Island- Havelock Island Beach Resort. Its PADI certified divers are committed to make sure that you have an experience of a lifetime under the water. The instructor will be with you during the whole time of your dive. 

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