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.
The light and sound show is extremely popular at Cellular Jail in Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, Ross Island also offers a light and sound show to its visitors on all days with an exception of Wednesdays and public holidays. The island’s historical events that occurred during the pre-independent era and set up of the first administrative settlement are depicted in this engaging show. It also provides valuable insights about several crucial historical events that took place on Ross Island.
With great lighting and music, the audience is left thrilled with the Light & Sound Show in Ross Island. The struggle of the freedom fighters is displayed here along with the life of the British administrators on the island. All these events take you back in time. Depending on the sunset time, the show begins around 5.15 PM. One has to board a boat at sharp 4 PM from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. It takes nearly fifteen minutes to reach the destination via this boat ride.
When in Port Blair, visit the tiny Ross Island and experience the amazing sound and light show in the evening. The island is not so far from the capital city. The Ross Island was fondly called the ‘Paris of the East’ by the British during British times. The island is another remnant from our colonial past. The tropical beauty of this place has been destroyed because of the years of war and turmoil. However, one can still see some wrecked machine gun nests and ruined churches and mansions that were built during the colonial era. The following are the highlights:
You can plan your visit to the Ross Island in the following way:
Ross Island reflects history in every nook and corner that is so mesmerizing and inspiring. Make sure that you reach there on time as the famous light and sound show starts when the sky gets pitch dark. The magnificence of this show is indescribable. This island in the South Andaman District was basically a penal colony. The British occupied this place since 1858 and remained the administrative headquarters till 1941 when a massive earthquake shook the island. One can see the remnants there such as:
Except the bakery, everything else is in dilapidated condition. The bakery is white-washed and maintained, and in front of it, the audience sit and watch the history unfold before them while attending the light and sound show.
There are no accommodations available in Ross Island and one has to come back on the same day. The nearest hotels and resorts are located in Port Blair, the capital town. One can consider staying at any one of the following properties:
The properties in Port Blair are known for offering 100 per cent comfort to their guests. The rooms are cozy and the food is mouth-watering here. Promising to make your Andaman experience unforgettable, these accommodations are recommended in Port Blair. Mount Harriet and Viper Island are in the vicinity of some of the properties. If you are looking for some adventure, then these hotels will also book your snorkeling session along with treks and tours. The mellow ambiance of the properties allows you to experience the serenity of the Andaman Islands. For the convenience of their guests, the resorts here offer round the clock room service. Located in the heart of the town, some of them are only twenty minutes from Phoenix Bay Jetty (for Havelock and Neil islands), fifteen minutes from Junglighat, and walking distance from Cellular Jail, Marina Park, and Water Sport Complex.
The resorts and hotels offer different variants in rooms such as executive, royal, deluxe, cottage, suite, etc. They have elegant and aesthetically designed rooms that are equipped with all the advanced amenities. The properties in Port Blair have on-site restaurants that serve a delicious array of authentic, flavorful dishes, and fresh local seafood. Guests have ample cuisine choices here. Thus, maximum satisfaction and convenience are guaranteed.
Some of the commonly available facilities at the above mentioned hotels and resorts are as follows:
Nearby places to eat
There are various good restaurants in Port Blair where you can grab a mouth-watering meal before or after attending the light and sound show in Ross Island. Some of the best ones are as follows:
Best time to visit
The Andaman Islands are known for their warm and pleasant tropical climate round the year. Thus, you can visit this paradise at any time of the year. April to June is the summer season here and the weather is sunny. So this is the perfect time to visit Ross Island if you don’t mind sweating a bit. The duration from June to November is the rainy season here. Generally, it is the offseason here and it is quite secluded at this time of the year.