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  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

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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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Japanese Bunkers at Port Blair

Japanese Bunkers at Port Blair
Date : 08 Dec 2021

Situated in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Japanese Bunkers narrate the tales of a foreign invasion, a world war, and a struggle for freedom. The Japanese army built these bunkers, and invaded and occupied the islands during the time of World War II. These concrete bunkers on the serene land of the Andaman Islands are the anecdotes that take you back in time to the dark war times of the bygone era.

Port Blair is a highly sought-after tourist destination in India and is frequented by a countless number of travellers throughout the year. November to May is the best time to visit this gorgeous place with your loved ones. However, speaking specifically about the Japanese Bunkers, you can visit this crucial historical site at any time of the year. 

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Built between 1942 and 1945, the Japanese Bunkers were constructed when the Japanese army invaded these islands strategically for the purpose of defeating the allied powers that included Britain, France, Russia, and the US. Japan was part of the Axis powers that comprised Italy and Germany. India was also witnessing freedom movements against British rule during this period. 

Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose led the major freedom struggle campaigns and movements. Their motive was India’s sovereignty but their methods and ideology were different from each other. Bose believed in leading from the front whereas Gandhi was inclined towards fighting the battle without blood and weapons. 

Major attractions in and around 

  • Forest Museum- This museum is situated in Foreshore Road near Chatham Island. Visit the Chatham Saw Mill to see how the wood is chopped and made into different shapes. The mill is one of the best places to see in Port Blair.
  • Corbyn’s Cove Beach- Visit quality time at this popular beach of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. One can indulge in in various adventurous water activities here such as jet skiing, etc. Relax at several restaurants by trying the most authentic seafood here. In the summers, the beach also hosts a three-day Beach Festival.

Nearby hotels

There are all kinds of properties near the Japanese Bunkers that are suitable for luxury as well as budget travellers. Tariffs vary between peak and low depending on the tourist season. You should make all your bookings in advance as the prices may shoot up drastically in the peak season. The best resorts and hotels will also get full immediately.

A fair idea about the tariff is as follows:

  • Low Budget- INR 500- 3000 (per night)
  • Mid-range- INR 4000- 8000 (per night)
  • Premium stays- INR 9000- 12000 (per night)

There are a number of hotels located nearby Japanese Bunkers. One can choose any one as per their requirements and budget. Names of some of the best ones are mentioned below:

  • 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


Some of these properties are located in very close proximity to Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair. The staff speaks multiple languages and is always ready to help esteemed guests. Lavish stays, the hotels and resorts here are neat and clean, and are nearby various points of interest. These are suitable for all kinds of tourists. Guests can also indulge themselves in different exciting water sports that are offered at the nearby water sports complex.

There are different categories of rooms available at these properties and the tariff also varies accordingly. You can easily choose the one that is most appropriate as per your budget. All rooms include room service, electric kettle, Wifi. These ensure a pleasant stay while you are in the Andaman Islands. The resorts and hotels in Port Blair have in-house multi-cuisine restaurants that serve a diverse variety of authentic Indian and global cuisines to pamper the taste-buds of their guests. 

Some of the commonly available facilities at these accommodations are mentioned below: 

  • 24-hour Security
  • In-room Safe
  • First-aid Services
  • Electrical Adapters
  • TV (cable, flat screen)
  • Paid Vehicle Rental (Paid)
  • Dispensers for disinfectants
  • Lounge
  • Balcony Terrace

The best and the most convenient thing to do is to contact Andaman Island Travels for making all your bookings. This Port Blair-based tour company will make sure that you have the vacation of your dreams!

How to reach 

A treasure trove of natural beauty, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is popular for witnessing several crucial incidents related to the era of India’s freedom struggle. These islands are a must-visit destination in India as they are home to a number of mesmerizing spots that are sure to take your breath away.

The ocean surrounds these islands from all sides. Therefore, there is no railways or roadways connectivity from mainland India. You can reach here either via airways or via waterways. If you are planning to travel to this exotic Indian union territory, then check some of the best travel options listed below:

By Air

There is only one airport in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands- Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair. There are direct as well as connecting flights from metropolitan cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru in India. To reach the Japanese bunkers in Ross Island, you have to travel a distance of nearly three kilometers from the airport by local road transport. 

By Water

One can travel via waterways from mainland India by taking the regular ships that are available at Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam, and Chennai port to Port Blair. There are as many as eight ships sailing to the capital city of the Andaman Islands at regular interval. You can make the booking online. 

By Road

There is no direct road network to Ross Island. You have to take a taxi or an auto rickshaw to reach the shore and from there, you will be required to take a local ferry service to reach Ross Island.

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