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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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Flag Point at Port Blair

Flag Point at Port Blair
Date : 08 Dec 2021

The Flag Point (Tiranga Point) in Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is another feather decorating the proud head of the islands and its residents. This Indian union territory is witness to a rich history about the freedom fighters and the era of pre-independent India. A number of historical events took place in the Andamans that are still remembered and treasured. One such event and the place where it occurred is Flag Point and if you are someone who is a history buff, then including this in your travel itinerary would be a great idea.

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Having great historical importance, the Flag Point is the exact spot where the Indian flag was hoisted by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose for the first time on Indian soil on December 30, 1943. At present, a flag pole stands at an altitude of 150 feet in the south point area in the capital town that can be seen from the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. A statue of Netaji is also visible from there. The Indian flag flutters gracefully on this flag pole that stands tall and proud. The Indian flag on the Flag Point was unfurled by the honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on its inaugural day, December 30, 2018, in order to mark the75th anniversary of Azad Hind Government as well as the first flag hoisting in Indian soil.

Overview of Flag Point, Port Blair


The ambiance surrounding the Flag Point is lovely with the open seascape on one side and smooth roads having lush greenery on the other. It is surely a wonderful place to be around. A small amphitheater kind of structure surrounds the Flag Point. There are also petite stairs like seating with lights. From this point, one can have an incredible view of Ross and North Bay islands. There are stone structures dedicated in memory of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, our brave freedom fighters, and other martyrs who fought and laid down their lives for India’s freedom. Walk around the Flag Point to have a look at the stone-carved memorials and learn about significant historical events that took place here.

Nearby hotels

Some of the best properties in Port Blair nearby Flag Point are as follows:

  • TSG Emerald View
  • Peerless Resort Port Blair
  • Lemon Tree Hotel
  • Hotel GKM Grand
  • Sinclairs Bay View
  • Sea Shell Coral Cove
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Ripple Resort
  • Hotel Shompen
  • Hotel King Safire
  • J Hotel
  • Ami Grace
  • Hotel Horizon Hues
  • Sea Hills Hotels & Resorts
  • Sun Sea Resort

You can choose to stay at Fortune Resort Bay Inslad that was designed by the famous architect Charles Correa and is built in a series of levels, split against a sloping hill side. There is an abundance of lush green nature overlooking the pristine blue water of Bay of Bengal. The best located resort in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it is for those guests who seek luxury and comfort while vacationing. The resort offers the 180-degree breath taking emerald sea view. Breathtaking views are the USP of the resort which also makes it the first choice for the tourists. You are sure to experience the Andaman’s tropical vibes at their best there. 

Fortune Resort Bay Island has as many as 44 standard rooms and two suites that are built in a series of levels. Some of these rooms overlook the sea. All the rooms are equipped with CCTV, direct dial STD telephones. These are aesthetically designed and offer glorious view, fresh air and natural light in all its glory. All this will help guests in unwinding after a long day of exploration.

The resort’s deck restaurant, Mandalay Open, offers a lovely sea-view. It serves the island’s specialties, exotic sea food along with Indian, Chinese and Continental favorites. The Nico bar is a quiet lounge when one can hum along with the rhythms of the ocean. Don’t forget to try the specialty- tall fruity concoctions served in coconut shells.

Highlights of Flag Point, Port Blair

Some of the offered facilities include the following: 

  • Interconnected rooms available
  • Private balcony
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Emergency Exit Map
  • CCTV
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Safety and Security
  • 24-hour Security
  • In-room Safe
  • First-aid Services
  • Electrical Adapters
  • TV (cable, flat screen)
  • Paid Vehicle Rental (Paid)
  • Dispensers for disinfectants
  • Lounge
  • Reception
  • Balcony Terrace

Nearby places to eat

The names of the best restaurants and food outlets in Port Blair are mentioned below:

  1. New Lighthouse Residency- Extra points for ambiance 
  2. Annapurna Restaurant- Perfect for vegetarians 
  3. Ananda Multi Cuisine Restaurant- Indulge in diverse cuisines
  4. Rola Costa Restaurant & Juice Center- For healthy juices 
  5. Gagan Restaurant- Complete worth for money
  6. Icy Spicy family Restaurant- Perfect for family lunch
  7. Sea Food Delight- The best seafood 
  8. Tandoor- North Indian dishes also available 
  9. Cafe Down Under- Perfect spot for friends 
  10. TRIO - The family restaurant- Feel the Majestic Ambience
  11. Bella Bay Dinner Cruise- Food on the cruise 
  12. Anju Coco Family Restaurant- Perfect for big families 
  13. Rajasthani Dhaba- For authentic Rajasthani dishes 
  14. Happy Belly- On-wheel restaurant
  15. Gem Continental- For scrumptious food 

These eateries are not so far from Flag Point and are known for serving scrumptious meals. 

How to reach

The Flag Point is in proximity to the city center. It takes only ten to fifteen minutes on foot from the tourist attraction- Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. You can simply take a walk to the Flag point from the water sports complex. You can also take a cab but taking a walk is recommended. From the entrance of the Marina Park, you can take a nature walk in the park to reach its exit gate towards the backside. Take the red-stoned curvy footpath from here on and walk towards the Flag Point. This walk is quite interesting and liked by nature lovers as there is a huge open sea on one side and government administrational and educational buildings on the other. All this makes the whole route very beautiful. It would be great if you invest some of your time here.

Happy travelling!

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