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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Jolly Buoy Island & Red Skin Island at Port Blair

Jolly Buoy Island & Red Skin Island at Port Blair
Date : 08 Dec 2021

Popular for their underwater marine corals and flashy colorful fishes, Jolly Buoy Island & Red Skin Island are home to the pristine untouched clear water. Here, you can witness underwater corals while snorkeling, scuba diving, or glass bottom boat ride. Jolly Buoy Island is engulfed by other tropical rainforest island having thick forests. If you want to cherish beautiful ocean vistas and innumerable other gorgeous views, then include Jolly Buoy Island & Red Skin Island in your travel itinerary. 

Highlights

Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island are secluded islands. So before leaving from your accommodation, get your own food packed from there. Carry your own swimsuits. You can buy them from Port Blair. Carry ample water with you as the place has tropical climate and being hydrated at all times is very important for everyone. You will need government identity proof for ferry tickets. You should carry driving license, passport, or aadhaar card with you. Both these islands are no plastic zones. So make sure that you don’t litter and keep your surroundings clean. Jolly Buoy Island has incredible underwater corals and colorful fishes. So if you are an adventure junkie, then you should definitely go for snorkeling here.

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Overview

If you are a nature lover and want to explore the excellent marine life of the Andaman Islands, then you can witness colorful corals from glass-bottom vessel ride. When you are in Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island, then you can indulge yourself in the spotless serene blue waters by going for a refreshing swim. Or take a stroll by the beach shore where the white sparkling silky sand will wash your feet. These eco-friendly destinations are a must-visit when you are travelling to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Some of the important details are as follows:

Jolly Buoy Island tickets prices:

  • Entry permit for adult: INR 50
  • Children (5-12 years): INR 25
  • Children below 5 years have free entry
  • Still photography camera: INR 25
  • Tuesday to Sunday: 9 AM to 2:30 PM (Closed on Monday)

Things to do

Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island are ideal destinations for adventure junkies. They can try their hand at various enthralling water activities amidst natural beauty. Far from the hustle-bustle of the city life, these islands are the perfect gateway. You can indulge in the following:

  • Snorkeling
  • Glass Bottom Boat Ride
  • Scuba Diving
  • Enjoy sunbathing

 

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There are no accommodations in Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island. Travellers have to book their hotel or resort in Port Blair. There are a number of properties in the capita town that offer the best of the Andaman tropical vibes and a refreshing ambience. Offering their guests an experience like no other, these properties give advanced amenities and services that are required for a relaxing stay in the Andamans. From elegant and spacious rooms to exquisite restaurants and banquet halls, the hotels offer 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, make sure that you make your booking well in advance.

Names of some of the best hotels nearby Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island are mentioned below:

1-star

  • Hotel Kavitha Regent
  • Hotel Shreesh
  • Hotel Rishabh

2-star

  • Sunsea Resort
  • Hotel TSG Emerald View
  • Hotel NK International
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
  • Hotel Blue Sea
  • Hotel J
  • Hotel Blue Mmarlin

3-star

  • Hotel Aparupa
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Peerless Sarovar Portico
  • The North Reef
  • Hotel Silver Spring
  • Hotel TSG Grand
  • Hotel SR Castle
  • Hotel Luxor Grand

4-star

  • Sea Shell Resorts
  • ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
  • Hotel Keys Aquagreen
  • Sea Princess Beach Resort

Hotel TSG Emerald View offers two variants of rooms- Deluxe (247 square feet) and Suite Room (300 square feet). It offers complimentary early check as well as complimentary late check-out. The rooms are highly comfortable and hygienic. Unwinding after a long day would be a very soothing experience. Guests are sure to have a memorable stay here. The hotels in Port Blair are also known for serving mouth-watering food. You can find multiple cuisines here.

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Some of the commonly available facilities at these properties are as follows:

  • Doctor on call
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Wake-up Call
  • Wheelchair accessible 
  • Lawn
  • Sun Deck
  • Reception
  • Seating Area
  • Lounge (Cigar lounge)
  • Bar
  • Dining Area
  • Kids’ meals
  • Bakery
  • Paid Airport Transfers
  • Paid Pickup Drop
  • Paid Shuttle Service
  • CCTV
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Safety and Security
  • 24-hour Security
  • First-aid Services
  • TV (flat screen, remote controlled)
  • Nearby beach 

Nearby places to eat

Some of the best places to enjoy the most authentic food of the Andamans are mentioned below:

  1. New Lighthouse residency
  2. Annapurna Restaurant
  3. Ananda Multi Cuisine Restaurant
  4. Rolla Cost Restaurant & Juice center
  5. Gagan Restaurant
  6. Icy Spicy family Restaurant
  7. Sea Food Delight

How to reach

  • First, you have to reach Wandoor Beach if you want to visit Jolly Buoy Island & Red Skin Island. It is about 30 kilometers from Port Blair (the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) via road. It will take nearly 45 minutes to reach there. 
  • Permits are required to visit Jolly Buoy Island & Red Skin Island of Mahatma Gandhi National Park. These will be issued one day in advance on first come first serve basis. One has to present the application on the counter at Mahatma Gandhi Marine Interpretation center in Wandoor.
  • The first boat to Jolly Buoy Island & Red Skin Island leaves at 9 am. So you should reach the counter by 8 am to collect the permit. 
  • Boats to Jolly Buoy Island & Red Skin Island leave at the same time and come back together as well. 

Best time to visit

Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island are accessible to tourists throughout the year. Thus, there is no congestion at any point and the marine life is also preserved. But when the weather is bad, boat trips to these islands are cancelled.

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