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  • 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 Museum at Port Blair

Forest Museum at Port Blair
Date : 08 Dec 2021

Forest Museum is a well-known tourist attraction located on the outskirts of Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum is popular for its wide collection related to forest and the assortment of trees. A must-visit in Port Blair, it is managed by the forest department of the islands. Some of the major attractions that are displayed in this museum include beautiful artifacts made with timber, gurjan, oak, satin wood, and padauk. These showcase the dense and rich flora found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Researches are also carried out by the forest department here and the results of these activities can be clearly seen at the museum. In addition to all this, there is also a mini zoo and a small zoological garden inside the museum building.

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The Forest Museum is situated inside the premises of the well-known Chatham Saw Mill. It is a unique blend of art and adventure. The museum is popular for the displayed intricate wood work. The timber of trees like Padauk, Marble, Gurjan, Satin Wood, and Peauma is used. A large number of tourists and visitors also visit this museum every year to see different species of endangered plants. There is a zoological garden inside the premises and it makes the museum even more incredible.

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Things to do

  • At the Forest Museum, you will see such gorgeous artifacts made from timber, gurjan, oak, satin wood, and padauk. These are the major attractions here. Just take a leisurely stroll around the museum and cherish the spellbinding vistas of the blue ocean and tropical breeze. 
  • There is a market area around the Forest Museum and you will find a number of shops there. You can purchase souvenirs or little gifts for your close ones from there.
  • If you are interested in exploring the blue waters and the island, then you can go to the Andaman Kayak Tours.
  • The Chatham Saw Mill is a place of major tourist attraction in Port Blair. It serves an important economic purpose as the income of many households in the island depends on this mill.

You can choose to indulge in a number of activities in and around the Forest Museum after you have seen it properly. A few of them are as follows:

  • Attending the light and sound show at Cellular Jail
  • Visiting Port Blair’s famous church—Roman Catholic Church
  • Spotting wildlife at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
  • Visiting the historical Cellular jail, also known and Kala Paani
  • Relaxing, swimming, or enjoying drinks at Corbyn’s Cove Beach
  • Having a glimpse of marine life at Samudrika Marine Museum 
  • Anthropological Museum
  • Sri Ayyappan temple
  • Mini Zoo
  • Jogger’s Park
  • Kalapani Museum or Cellular Jail
  • Sunset Point
  • Long Island
  • Japanese War Bunker
  • Science Centre
  • Old Baptist Church
  • Samudrika Marine Museum

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Museum timings

  • Morning - The museum is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
  • Evening - The museum is open from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • The museum is closed on Sundays.

Traveller tips

  • Carry your camera with you as you will find many opportunities for photography. 
  • A water bottle must be carried to the museum. Also, ensure that you don’t litter any part of the place by throwing away bottles, plastics, wrappers, etc. 
  • Avoid any insect or mosquito bites in the forest area by wearing full sleeves clothes.

Nearby hotels

There are a number of options when it comes to accommodation nearby the Forest Museum. There are budget hotels as well as luxury resorts in Port Blair. The names of some of the best properties are mentioned below: 

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  • Ripple Resort
  • Aashiaanaa Residency Inn
  • Jazeera Resort
  • V-Knot Residency
  • Hotel King Safire
  • Dev Mahal
  • Symphony Palms Beach Resort
  • Hornbill Nest Resort
  • Peerless Resort
  • Hotel Comfort in Blue Whales
  • Mansha Regency
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Hotel Exotica Squares
  • Hotel Hilltop International
  • Sinclairs Bayview

Located in Port Blair, Sea Princess Beach Resort offers the best of the Andaman tropical vibes and a refreshing ambience. Offering its guests an experience like no other, the lavish resort provides advanced amenities and services that are required for a relaxing stay in the Andamans. From the elegant and spacious rooms to the exquisite restaurants and banquet halls, the property 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 Port Blair, this resort is your best bet. In the heart of lovely Port Blair, the resort is the one stop destination for comfort and convenience. 

The resort offers four kinds of rooms as per varied budgets- Standard, Deluxe (ocean view), Cottage (beachfront), and Suite. 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! 

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Sea Princess 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 the facilities available at this lavish resort are as follows: 

  • Doctor on Call
  • Luggage Assistance
  • Ticket Tour Assistance
  • Wake-up Call
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Dining Area
  • Kids’ meals
  • Special Diet Meals
  • Conference Room
  • Fax Service
  • Kids Play Area
  • Lawn
  • Sun Deck
  • Reception
  • Balcony Terrace
  • Seating Area
  • Masks
  • Sanitizers
  • Disinfection
  • Paid Airport Transfers
  • Paid Pickup Drop
  • CCTV
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Safety and Security
  • First-aid Services
  • Electrical Chargers
  • TV (cable, Flat screen)
  • Vehicle Rental

Best time to visit

The Forest Museum in Port Blair can be visited throughout the year. However, the best time for sightseeing and exploring the entire island is from November to February. 

How to reach

Reaching the Forest Museum is very easy. It is located inside the Chatham Saw Mill Complex. It is at a distance of ten kilometers from central Port Blair.

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