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.
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
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 historical place located in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kalapani Museum will take you on a voyage to several crucial events of the past. Some of them include the following:
All these are recorded via photographs and documentaries.
One of its kind history museum, Kalapani Museum in Port Blair takes is a three- storeyed building. It has a huge collection of rare archival photographs, paintings, and original documents from the British colonial and Japanese periods. The museum also houses documentaries and films related to the Andaman Islands as well as the Indian freedom struggle. This tourist place in the Andamans is open on all days and is a great addition to your itinerary if you want to see the history coming alive with its miniature and life size models and dioramas.
Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM (Open on all days)
Garacharma II, ATR, Before Susan’s Roses,
Garacharama, Port Blair,
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744105
There are tons of hotels in the capital city of Andaman Islands but only a few offer sea-views. You can book a hotel at Foreshore Road, Aberdeen Bazaar, Junglighat, Goal Ghar, Middle Point, Dollygunj, or Phoenix Bay. The hotel tariff is on a higher-end at these locations but you have the option to go out and explore the place locally.
Top Hotels & Resorts in Port Blair
So many tourists make Sun Sea Resort their accommodation of choice when visiting Port Blair. The resort offers an array of amenities to its prestigious guests by providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience. Along with air-conditioning and free internet, it makes your stay more enjoyable with free breakfast and free parking as well. Popular points of interest such as Murugan Temple (0.7 mi), Aberdeen Clock Tower (0.8 mi), Cellular Jail (1.1 mi), Phoenix Bay Jetty (0.7 mi), and Jogger's Park (0.6 mi) are in close vicinity of the resort. These all are within walking distance of the hotel and should be included in your Andaman itinerary as well.
Sun Sea Resort in Port Blair offers three types of rooms- Deluxe, Suite, and Family Room. All of these are fully furnished and are absolutely comfortable. These are neat and clean and offer all kinds of advanced facilities. The rooms offer a nice city view. Guests are promised a very nice stay here. They feel right at home while spending quality time here. Great accommodation and great services offered at affordable tariffs.
Sun Sea Resort boasts of a multi-cuisine in-house restaurant Ha-O. Indian, Continental, and Chinese cuisines are served here. A wide variety of beverages and drinks are offered at Purple Bar at the resort.
Some of the offered facilities here are as follows:
How to reach
There are two ways by which you can reach the capital town of the Andamans- via air and water. Let’s explore each option below:
Reaching Port Blair by air
Veer Savarkar International Airport, the only commercial airport of the Andaman Islands, is located in Port Blair. Direct flights to/from a few cities such as Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore are available easily. Flights are faster and more comfortable. Thus, it is a preferred option. However, you should know that there are no direct flights to Andaman Island from everywhere. For instance, if you are flying from Delhi or Mumbai, then you will have a layover in Hyderabad or somewhere else. From there, you will be flying to Port Blair, the capital of the island.
As of now, no international ship or flight services exist in the Andaman Islands. However, Veer Savarkar Airport has been turned as an official immigration check post by the Indian government so that non-natives can enter and exit directly from there.
Pro travel tip- Taking an early morning flight will help you in utilising the rest of the day.
Reaching Port Blair by water
You can also reach Port Blair by sailing from the ports of Kolkata, Chennai, and Vishakhapatnam. Operated by the Indian government, the voyage via these ships takes nearly three to four days (50-60 hours). Haddo Wharf is the main seaport in the town. Three to four sailings take place from Chennai and Kolkata, and only one sailing from Visakhapatnam every month. You should know in advance that these passenger ships are not cruise liners and thus, do not have entertainment and food options. Moreover, booking can only be done from the shipping corporation offices in Chennai, Vizag, and Kolkata. The booking process is quite time-consuming. Online booking is not available. Ships are cheaper but general passenger ships are more troublesome. If you are travelling between May and October, then seasickness is also common. However, if you want to experience a voyage amidst the blue sea, then we recommend a ship journey. It is an unusual adventure in itself.
After reaching Port Blair, one can easily reach Kalapani Museum by a taxi, two-wheeler, or auto rickshaw.
Contact Andaman Island Travels if you are planning to travel to this gorgeous union territory. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is counted among the most beautiful destinations in India and visiting there is a complete joy. This reliable travel and tour company will make all your arrangements on your behalf so that you can have the vacation of your dreams in the Andamans.