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.
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.
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.
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.
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.