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  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
  • 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

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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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Limestone Caves at Baratang Island

Limestone Caves at Baratang Island
Date : 29 Dec 2021

Located in Baratang Island, Limestone Caves is one of the best as well as unique tourist attractions in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These naturally formed caves are a visual treat to nature enthusiasts. Formed at the bottom of the sea, limestone is a sedimentary rock. It takes millions of years when deposits of marine life, corals, shells, and skeletons go through a natural compression in order to form unique shapes within the cave. Holding the secret of a million years of the Andaman Islands, these caves are lined up with stalactites and stalagmites. When travelling to the Andamans, include these caves in your itinerary that are nestled deep within the mangroves and surrounded by the lush rainforest.

Limestone caves are highly impressive and one of a kind natural marvel on earth. The caves feature rare stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations. These are nature’s own architecture as they have been formed naturally in the Andaman Islands. A treat to your eyes, you can take a walk through dense mangrove forests to reach these caves. These have been formed over years of corrosion. Here, you will witness a marvelous texture that is sure to leave you awestruck. The limestone formations emerge from the ceiling as well as the floor. Looking at nature transforming, evolving, and creating beautiful structures would be a miraculous experience. 

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Baratang Island, a hidden gem of the Andaman Islands, is known for its natural wonders ranging from impressive limestone caves to dense mangrove creeks. You can see here tidal swamp forests as well as fascinating mud volcanoes. Located between Middle and South Andaman, Baratang is the first gateway up north from Port Blair, the capital city. It is approximately 100 kilometers from Port Blair, and thus a popular one-day destination especially for those who are staying on the islands for short time duration. 

The Limestone Caves here are highly impressive and one of a kind natural marvel on earth. They feature rare stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations. You can also go for boat rides through mangrove-fringed creeks and canals heading to Limestone Caves

Limestone Caves, Baratang Island


You can go for a romantic and exciting boat ride through mangrove forests that are spread around the island creating a canopy. Being here is not less than a magical experience! The slow meandering waterway leads to the beautiful land of the Limestone Caves. If you are a photographer or a bird watcher, then you will be blessed with the sights of exotic birds and animals that will leave you fascinated. Tantalizing patterns are created by the canopy on the water. Looking at sunrays penetrating the thick forest to reach the ground is a spellbinding view. A truly miraculous experience!

Where to stay 

Finding a nice accommodation in Baratang Island is a bit tricky and costly. Also, the hotels and resorts usually don’t welcome walk-ins. So, you have to book in advance. Some of the best options are as follows: 

  • Dew Dale Resort
  • Coral Creek Resort
  • Hotel Avis

Situated in Baratang Island, Dew Dale Resort is a lovely natural paradise surrounded by white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs, and a lush green forest. Guests can appreciate the amazing views of the beach while staying at this property. If you want to plan a suitable itinerary as per your budget and requirements, then you can avail the service of the resort’s travel desk to help you out. With all the available modern amenities, you are sure to enjoy your outing and have a memorable experience at the property. The room services are prompt and the ambiance is homely thus ensuring that the esteemed guests feel at home.

Dew Dale Resort offers Deluxe Rooms (100 square feet) from where you can enjoy the breathtaking valley views. They have a queen bed, room service, Wi-Fi, charging points, and other facilities to make sure that the guests feel comfortable.

The in-house restaurant of Dew Dale Resort serves a healthy breakfast. You can enjoy a variety of freshly prepared regional delicacies. There is a bar as well where you can relax with your travel companions. The high on energy coffee served here is a favorite among guests staying here.

Some of the facilities offered by it are as follows: 

  • Doctor on Call
  • Luggage Assistance
  • Ticket Tour Assistance
  • Caretaker
  • Masks
  • Gloves
  • Sanitizers
  • Thermal Screening
  • Sanitizers Installed
  • Disinfection
  • CCTV
  • Safety and Security
  • Room Service
  • Power Backup
  • Elevator Lift

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Where to eat 

The names of some of the best restaurants in Baratang Island serving tasty food are mentioned below:

  • Dew Dale restaurant
  • Jetty Hotel
  • AMS Restaurant
  • Port Canteen
  • Sujath Bar & Restaurant
  • Deeya Baroi Hotel

How to reach

To reach Baratang Island, first you have to reach Port Blair as it is the entry point for the Andamans. You can hire a private car or catch a private AC bus to reach Baratang Island from Port Blair. It is the best and the most convenient way. If you are on a tight budget, then taking a government bus from Port Blair is the best option. You will have to drive via the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) and move in a group with one short vehicle-ferry connection. It will take a total of four hours but the lush greens and blue waters will make the whole experience unforgettable. Please note that two-wheelers are not allowed to go all the way to the island.

Located in Port Blair, Andaman Island Travels is a trustworthy company that is committed to take care of its guests as soon as they land here. It has a fleet of sanitised cars driven by highly professional and polite drivers. The moment you reach Veer Savarkar International Airport (also known as Port Blair Airport), your pre-arranged cab will be waiting for you at the arrival gate. It will drop you safely at your hotel or any other destination as per your requirement. The airport transfer service is available across the Andaman Islands. A stress-free car rental experience is ensured with superior services that cater to individual needs.

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