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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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Island Hopping in the Andaman Islands

Island Hopping in the Andaman Islands
Date : 08 Jun 2023
Categories: Travel Guide

Immerse yourself in the stunning allure of the Andaman Islands, a tropical paradise nestled in the eastern part of the Bay of Bengal. Whether it’s the underwater landscapes, beautiful beaches, or the diverse indigenous culture, island hopping in the Andaman Islands is an unforgettable journey that truly uncovers the treasures of this archipelago. There are over 500 islands in the archipelago, and while you cannot cover all of them, an island This extraordinary expedition will take you across some of the world's most beautiful landscapes, where unspoiled nature comes alive with vibrant colour and exuberant life.

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Islands to Visit in the Andaman Islands

Port Blair: Your voyage begins at the bustling capital city of Port Blair, a vibrant destination boasting colonial architecture, vibrant markets, and intriguing museums. Be sure to visit the Cellular Jail, a symbol of India's colonial past and the British Raj's atrocities, now converted into a monument commemorating freedom fighters. The Sound and Light show, narrating the tale of India’s struggle for independence, is a must-see.

Havelock Island: Havelock Island, named after a British General, is a tropical paradise renowned for its world-class diving sites, pristine beaches, and lush rainforests. Radhanagar Beach, often hailed as Asia's best beach, is a beacon of serenity, with its pristine sands meeting the crystal-clear azure waters. The island also offers exciting water sports opportunities like scuba diving and snorkelling.

Neil Island: Neil Island, a charming, tranquil spot, is perfect for those seeking peace and solitude. Renowned for its beautiful coral reefs and bio-diversity, Neil Island is a snorkelling paradise. The natural rock formation locally known as 'Howrah Bridge' is a must-visit, especially during low tide when its beauty truly shines.

Barren Island: Embarking on a private boat trip to Barren Island is a mesmerizing adventure into the heart of untouched beauty. Barren Island is a volcanic island in the Andaman Islands. As the boat glides through the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, the towering volcanic cliffs of Barren Island. You can do a variety of water activities in Barren Island like game fishing, snorkelling, and even scuba diving. 

Long Island: Located in the Middle Andaman group, this tranquil island offers a perfect blend of pristine beaches, lush greenery, and serene surroundings. With limited tourist infrastructure, it provides an authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience. Long Island's unspoiled charm, coupled with its warm and welcoming local community, makes it a captivating destination for those seeking a peaceful escape amidst nature's splendour.

Little Andaman: Island hopping to Little Andaman in the Andamans is a thrilling adventure to a remote and untouched paradise. You can explore the enchanting Butler Bay, home to an enchanting waterfall, or trek through the lush forest trails to reach the White Surf waterfall. Don't miss the opportunity to ride the challenging waves at iconic surf spots like the famous Harminder Bay and Breakfast Point.

Things to do while you are island hopping in the Andaman Islands

Unique Flora and Fauna: A significant part of Andaman's allure is its unique flora and fauna. The Andaman Islands are a treasure trove of biodiversity, housing various endemic species such as the Andaman wild pig, the Andaman wood pigeon, and the Andaman Masked Owl. The island's coral reefs, part of one of the world's richest and least disturbed ecosystems, also host a plethora of marine life. And you can explore this all while you are on an island hopping in the Andaman Islands.

Thrilling Water Sports: The Andaman Islands are a magnet for adrenaline junkies with their array of water sports. From scuba diving and snorkelling in the clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life to kayaking in the mangroves of Mayabunder and speed boating off the coast of Port Blair, there is no shortage of thrilling experiences. 

Snorkelling is a popular choice, allowing visitors to explore the underwater world up close. The coral reefs surrounding the islands teem with colourful fish, sea turtles, and other fascinating marine species. Havelock Island's renowned sites like Elephant Beach and Radhanagar Beach offer excellent snorkelling opportunities.

Scuba diving is another must-try water sport in the Andaman Islands. With professional dive centres and experienced instructors, even beginners can experience the wonders of the deep. Dive sites such as Neil Island, Cinque Island, and South Button Island are famous for their vibrant corals, reef sharks, and manta rays.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, jet skiing and banana boat rides are ideal choices. Zooming across the pristine waters on a jet ski or bouncing and splashing on a banana boat with friends and family creates unforgettable memories.

Kayaking through mangroves is a serene and eco-friendly way to explore the islands. Paddling through the tranquil waters, surrounded by lush greenery, provides a unique perspective on the island's natural beauty.

The Indigenous Cultures and Food: Experience the unique cultural tapestry of the Andaman Islands by interacting with some of the indigenous tribes who call this archipelago home. Notably, the Sentinalese, Onge, and the Nicobarese, who have inhabited these islands for thousands of years, offer fascinating insights into a way of life vastly different from the modern world.

No trip to the Andaman Islands is complete without sampling the local cuisine. The islands offer a diverse culinary scene with influences from Indian, Burmese, and Thai cuisines. Fresh seafood, especially prawns, lobsters, and a variety of fish, are local favourites. 

Cost of island hopping in the Andaman Islands

Island hopping in the Andaman Islands provides a fantastic opportunity to explore the diverse beauty of this archipelago. While costs can vary depending on factors such as the number of islands visited and the duration of the trip, it is helpful to have a general idea of what to expect.

Typically, island hopping tours in the Andaman Islands range from budget-friendly options to more luxurious experiences. A full-day group tour to popular islands like Ross Island, North Bay Island, and Viper Island can cost around INR 3000-8000 per person, including transportation, guide services, and entry fees.

For a more personalised experience, private island-hopping tours are available. These can be tailored to your preferences, allowing you to choose specific islands and activities. Private tours generally start at around INR 10000 or above per person and can go up depending on the number of islands and additional services included.

If you take a private boat to go island hopping, you may have to pay anything between INR 20000-150,000, depending on where you are going and what you want to cover. Usually, the cost of island hopping does not cover activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, or water sports, which may have separate charges.

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