News Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • 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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
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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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Forest & Beach Camping at Havelock Island

Forest & Beach Camping at Havelock Island
Date : 27 Dec 2021

A part of Ritchie’s Archipelago, Havelock Island (officially known as Swaraj Dweep now) is the most popular islands in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It has fascinated tourists from all over the world. The island is home to some of the most treasured landscapes. It is also perfect for a number of enthralling water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, sea walking, etc. One more exciting activity here is camping that has become a sought-after adventure in the Andamans. Including this in your travel plans would be a great idea whether you are travelling with your friends or partner. It is a must-do activity in Havelock Island.

Overview

Havelock Island is home to sandy beaches and gorgeous canopy of the rain-fed forests. A lot of travellers have camping in their itinerary when they are here. The best thing is that there does not seem much enforcement of any rules regarding that. You can camp at some of the spots along beaches in front of the beach huts.

For nature lovers, the Andaman Island is one of the best places in India and it has seized the hearts of many tourists. Camping is counted among the most incredible activities if you want to experience the best of the natural elements in Havelock Island. Imagine sleeping under the stars amidst the lush forest or by the seashore on the silky soft white sands. What can be a better idea of adventure on a holiday in the Andaman Islands! There are a number of small islands and forests in the island and most of them are hardly explored. That makes them perfect for camping. However, you have to contact the Tourism Information Counter of the Directorate of Tourism at Port Blair to get more information about the forests and beach camping venues.

Highlight

While camping in Havelock Island, one can have lovely experiences that includes waking up in the morning to the sound of an elephant walking past, birds singing in the forest, serene sunrays falling on turquoise waters, and shining silky sand. The property owners or local residents are very friendly and they don’t have any problem if you just turn up with a hammock or tent. Moreover, you don’t have to go through any trouble finding washrooms as there are public bathrooms on the road at beach number seven. In addition to that, you will find nice eateries on the same road offering mouth-watering meals, especially seafood.

Forest & Beach Camping

There are a few things that should be kept in mind while you camp in in Havelock Island. There may be a few snakes. However, they stay away from humans but it would be good to be more cautious. If anyone gets bitten in worst case scenario, there is not much hope of an antidote here, and Port Blair is many hours away. Except for this one thing, forest and beach camping in Havelock Island is one of the best experiences that one can have in the Andamans.

Nearby hotels

The luxury suite sea-facing cottage at Havelock Island Beach Resort is designed to provide complete relaxation and comfort to esteemed guests. It is sure to make your island vacation even more memorable. Some of the amenities that you will get here are a king-size bed, coffee/tea making facilities, clean and hygienic, a mini-fridge, etc. The mesmerising view of the beach that you can appreciate from your cottage will leave you awestruck.

However, mentioned below are some other properties where you can stay in Havelock Island:

  • Taj Exotica
  • Barefoot
  • Sea Shell Resort
  • Flying Elephant 
  • El Dorado
  • Green Valley Resort
  • Gold Star Beach Resort
  • Orient Legend Resort
  • Emerald Gecko
  • Royal Palace
  • Wild Orchid Beach Resort
  • Symphony Palm Beach Resort
  • Holiday Inn Beach Resort
  • Coral Reef Resort
  • Havelock Holiday Beach Resort
  • Aparupa Sands Marina
  • Cross Bill Beach Resort
  • Silver Sand Beach Resort

Forest & Beach Camping in Havelock Island

From the elegant and spacious rooms to the exquisite restaurants and banquet halls, Munjoh Beach Resort can also be a good accommodation choice as it offers only the finest in all aspects of the stay. The tourists staying here are left happy and satisfied with their stay. For a comfortable and hassle-free stay in Havelock Island, this resort is your best bet. In the heart of this gorgeous island, the property is the one stop destination for comfort and convenience. 

The resort offers five kinds of accommodations as per varied budgets- Luxury Villa, Ocean Suite, Pool Suite, Garden Cottage, and Royal Chalet. All the rooms are fitted with modern amenities such as a refrigerator, work area, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and mini bar. The rooms are neat and clean, and ensure a pleasant stay. These are hygienic and comfortable. Their ambiance is aesthetically pleasant. It is like a home away from home! 

Munjoh Beach Resort has an in-house restaurant that serves an array of lip-smacking food including seafood, North Indian, and different assorted delicacies. The food will make your beach holidays even more special. Try delicious coffee and other refreshing beverages here to soothe your senses. 

Some of its offered facilities include the following: 

  • Doctor on Call
  • Luggage Assistance
  • Ticket Tour Assistance
  • Wake-up Call
  • Restaurant
  • Dining Area
  • Kids’ meals
  • Special Diet Meals
  • Conference Room
  • Fax Service
  • Kids Play Area
  • Sun Deck
  • Reception
  • Balcony Terrace
  • Seating Area

Nearby places to eat

Forest & Beach Camping in Havelock Island

For a scrumptious meal, you can try the below-mentioned restaurants in Havelock Island:

  • The Nemo Café
  • Sea Dragon Restaurant 
  • Something Different
  • Anju Coco Resto
  • Fat Martin Café
  • Full Moon Café
  • Bonova Café 
  • Dakshin Restaurant 
  • Golden Spoon 

These food outlets are known for serving scrumptious food. Whether you order mezze platter, fish, pizza, chocolate mousse, or anything else, you will find everything perfect. Hanging at a cozy restaurant at the end of a long day while treating yourself with such good food is a great way to wind up your day.

How to reach

The best way to reach Havelock Island is to take a ferry or cruise from Port Blair. It will take only around 2.5 hours to reach there.

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