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.
A public island beach for those willing to spend some time away from crowds, you should visit Avis Island if you want to spend some ‘me time’. It is an uninhabited beach that makes it perfect if you are looking for some isolation. Avis Island is known for its crystal clear and calm waters that further enhance the serene ambiance of the beach. The island is also known as the coconut island due to the organic coconut plantations there.
Located about a twenty-minute boat ride far from Mayabunder jetty, this is a pristine and untouched island. The coconut plantation further enhances the beauty of this tiny island. It is surrounded by resting clear waters and has a small beach as well. It is not habited and closed for tourists. So, special permission from the forest department has to be taken for a day visit to this secluded island. Avis Island is closed to tourists in general and those wishing to visit the beach require prior permission from local authorities.
Avis Island is nearby Mayabunder Island. So to reach Avis Island, you have to first reach Mayabunder. From there, you can easily reach Avis Island by Dunghi. It will take around twenty minutes from there. You can reach Mayabunder via buses from Port Blair (capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) that head daily on Andaman Trunk Road via Rangat and Baratang. The buses leave from Port Blair at around 4 am and are available till 11 am. It is a tiring nine to ten hours’ bumpy ride through parts of dense jungle and with ferries linking the islands. On the ATR, you may also spot the Jarawa tribe. But you should not click their photographs, give them anything or communicate with them in any way. Such behavior is legally punishable.
Taking a ferry from Phoenix Bay Jetty in Port Blair to Diglipur (via Mayabunder) is a more comfortable option. Depending on the weather conditions, the journey takes about eight to nine hours. There are two weekly ferries that leave on Monday and on Friday, but you should check the timetables online or at the ticket counter as they do often change. Before getting into the queue, don’t forget the photocopies of your permit, visa, and passport. Mayabunder has the facility of harboring passenger ships from the mainland. The origin to start your journey to Mayabunder via any mode of transport is the capital of Andaman Island- Port Blair. Reaching there is quite easy. You can opt for any mode as per your comfort and budget.
The weather in Avis Island is like that of the rest of the Andamans. It includes a hot and humid summer season lasting from March to May and has an average temperature ranging from 25 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. The monsoon season lasts between June and September. The rain during this duration ranges from moderate to extremely heavy. At last, the time from October to February is the winter season and the average temperature stays at a cold 20 degree Celsius. While planning a visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, tourists generally avoid monsoons as there are mainly beaches that become inaccessible or dangerous due to the harsh rainfall. The best time to visit Avis Island is in the winter months of October to March.
Popularly known for its coconut plantations, Avis Island was previously meant to be home to a famous hotel chain. Owing to legal ramifications, it fell into the hands of the national authorities who deemed the island for coconut plantations. Apart from that, there is an incredibly beautiful beach as well.
While you are at this magical island, don’t forget to click fantastic photographs with the lovely sunrise or sunset, azure waters, and the coconut trees as the background. The calm waters are so clear and brilliant there that you can also spot fishes. The little bursts of colour are visible through the surface. Swimming on Avis Island Beach is not recommended. There are pebbles and stones covering the water bed that hinder swimming. As a result, someone might get hurt. The shore also offers a great view and shoreline where you can take long walks on the beach or strolls. Avis Island Beach can be used as an isolated picnic spot for the gathering if you are with your friends or family.
The island is uninhabited and there are no hotels or resorts there. Thus, going there early in the morning is always a good idea. But you can stay in Mayabunder instead. But please know in advance that being a very remote destination just like any other island in the North and Middle Andaman Island, you should not look for any luxurious stay. So you should not expect services like television in rooms, room service, wifi connection, etc. while staying here. Some of the best places to stay here are mentioned below:
If you are interested in hiring cabs for your road trip, then contact none other than the most reliable local tour operator in the islands- Andaman Island Travels. Located in Port Blair, it can provide you AC or a non-AC cab, based on your preference. It will facilitate pickups and drop-offs to all sightseeing places in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can also avail airport pickup and drop off services. Andaman Island Travels is a reliable name when it comes to making all the bookings anywhere in Andamans. Its experienced operators will take care of all your reservations exactly as per your requirements.