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.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a beach destination, which is on the bucket list of almost all types of travel enthusiasts from family vacationers to solo travellers. Port Blair is the capital city of this amazingly beautiful group of islands, which consists of some of the most clearest beaches in the world with an untouched marine life that has a plethora of never seen before underwater creatures, flora and fauna. As per the Government of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a union territory that comprises multiple groups of islands situated at the southeastern end of the Bay of Bengal.
Andaman Islands was an integral part of the primeval trade route from Myanmar to India, as it was a pitstop for most of the traders and navy personnel’s and was administered by the britishers. And these islands became a union territory of India in 1956 under the independent Republic of India. In addition to that, these wonderfully sumptuous islands are home to some of the most ancient tribal communities that have avoided interaction with outsiders for centuries now. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands catched the eye of the world in the year 2004 because of a devastating tsunami that took place due to a disastrous earthquake. When we talk about the gross area of these mesmerizing group islands known as Great Andaman it is close to 90 Miles (146 Km) wide in total ,which includes over 300 islands. Furthermore, Nicobars include in total 19 islands that lie pretty close to Sumatra, Indonesia.
There are sea breezes throughout the year on these gorgeous islands and port Blair weather mainly stays tropical. The weather is rainy from the month of May till September and there are usually some tropical cyclones in the month of October and November. These climatic conditions are one of the key reasons why these islands are covered with a densely green tropical forest, which consist of a wide spectrum of wildlife that includes a variety of species of trees. All these never seen before kinds of trees are fairly unique and can’t be seen in any of the metropolitan cities or their surrounding areas.
Most of the islands on this union territory are not inhabited, both Andaman and Nicobar have 12 islands each that support human settlements and are populated. The majority of people residing in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are immigrants from the southern part of Asia. In addition to that, some of the most commonly spoken languages on these islands are Hindi, which is also the national language of India and Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu that are mainly spoken in the eastern and southern parts of republic of India, respectively. Furthermore, there are also a plethora of indigenous communities and inhabitants that stay mainly on the nicobar islands like Shompen, Sentinelese, Nicobarese, Onge, Jarawa and Great Andamanese, to name a few. People following Hindu and Christian religion are in majority and the muslim community is also a prominent minority on Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Farming is what most of the locals do on the Andaman Islands and they are one of the key cultivators of crops such as, high quality rice, tender coconuts, betel nuts,palm oil, cashews, rubber, tropical fruits and a diversity of spices like turmeric and cinnamon. And the fisheries are mainly focused towards domestic consumption and at times exporting a bit to Indian mainland.
The hospitality business in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is growing at a substantial rate at present, with an extensive number of hotels in Andaman Islands, guesthouses and Andaman resorts scattered all across these wonderfully beautiful islands. Most of the tourists that visit this gorgeous vacation destination are from India and southeast asia. Some of the most visited travel attractions of Anadaman and Nicobar Islands are as following,
Most of the good quality roads are in the Southern part of Andaman. Port Blair the capital city andDiglipur are two of the busiest water harbours of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, respectively. A ferry and inter island boat facility connects Port Blair with all the other islands. If you are a tourist then you can also opt for private boat service or take a taxi if you are travelling by road. These islands can be reached by flight from almost any part of the world, as there are both direct and connection flights to the Port Blair Airport.
All the basic health care facilities are offered completely free of charge to all the residents of these Islands. Being away from the Indian mainland, the administrative authorities on Andaman and Nicobar Islands focus on offering healthcare services in almost all the populated areas as well as rural areas with the help of numerous community health-care centers and sub centers, which are spread vastly all across these gorgeous islands.
We hope that all this information has helped you get a better idea on what exactly Andaman and Nicobar Island has on offer for you, irrespective of the reason for your travel to this ever so gorgeous group of islands. Without a doubt, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have something for everyone from kids to old age people. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands today and spend quality time with your near and dear ones on the crystal clear blue water beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This website is a complete travel guide to Andaman islands, do go through it and get a better idea about the gorgeous Andaman and Nicobar Islands.