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  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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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Know More About Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Date : 13 Jul 2020
Categories: Andaman Travels

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.

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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.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Climate and Wildlife

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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.

Inhabitants

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.

Economic Developments and Main Source of Earning

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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.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Travel Industry

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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, 

  • Andaman Cellular Jail, which was completed in 1906 and is situated in Port Blair Andaman Nicobar.
  • Corbyn’s Cove Beach
  • Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail as well as Ross Island
  • Ross Island 
  • North Bay Island
  • Anthropological Museum
  • Samudrika Naval Marine Museum
  • Marina Park & Fisheries Museum
  • Chatham Saw Mill
  • Japanese Bunkers
  • Chidiyatapu Beach
  • Sagarika Museum
  • Zoological Survey of India Museum
  • Forest Museum
  • Wandoor Beach & Mahatma Gandhi National Park
  • Viper Island (Presently closed by govt.)
  • Jolly Buoy 
  • Red Skin Island
  • Mount Harriet
  • Collenpur Beach
  • BadaBalu Beach at Collenpur
  • Cinque Island
  • Flat Bay
  • Sippighat Agricultural Farm
  • Campbell Bay National Park
  • Murugan Temple

Modes of Transportation

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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.

Health Facilities at Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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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.

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