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  • 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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Light & Sound Show in Ross Island at Port Blair

Light & Sound Show in Ross Island at Port Blair
Date : 08 Dec 2021

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. 

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Overview

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:

  • Visit ‘Paris of the East’ of bygone era
  • Experience the Evening Sound & Light show in Ross Island

Brief itinerary

You can plan your visit to the Ross Island in the following way:

  • Leave from your hotel or resort at 3:30 PM.
  • Board boat for Ross Island from Andaman water sports complex. It will take fifteen to twenty minutes to reach there.
  • Spend a couple of hours exploring ruins in Ross Island.
  • Enjoy the light and sound show on the island. 
  • Return back to Andaman Water Sports Complex on the same boat.
  • Take a cab or any public transport to your hotel. 

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:

  • The Government House
  • Bakery
  • Bazaar
  • Stores
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • Secretariat
  • Printing Press
  • Hospital 
  • Cemetery

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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. 

Nearby hotels

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:

  • Sinclairs Bay View
  • Welcomhotel By ITC Hotels, Bay Island
  • Seashell Hotel
  • Hotel Megapode Nest
  • J Hotel
  • Ami Grace
  • Haywizz
  • Ashiaanaa Residency Inn
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Sunray Homes 

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:

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  • Restaurant
  • Dining Area
  • Airport Transfers
  • Living Room
  • Reception
  • Seating Area

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:

  • Icy Spicy - a vegetarian restaurant specializing in Indian and Chinese cuisines
  • New Lighthouse Restaurant - popular for its mouth-watering seafood dishes
  • Fortune Resort Bay Island - a high-end restaurant known for its great hospitality 
  • Ananda Multi-cuisine Restaurant - specializing in seafood and Indian cuisine 

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.

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