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.
Located in Rangat, Long Island is a pristine spot that lies amidst the multitude of islands making the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is an incredible place on the island that attracts everyone towards it. It has a tiny geographical area of nearly twenty square kilometers and is ideal for someone who is looking for a picture-perfect spot and peaceful ambiance. The island is home to peaceful beaches, lush green forests, and rocky terrain. Therefore, it is an amazing place where you can spend some soul-stirring time as well as indulge in adrenaline-pumping water adventure activities. Long Island is nearly 80 kilometers away from Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a lesser-known destination in Rangat Island and thus, an ideal spot to spend more quality time with your loved ones. It is a perfect combo of serenity and gorgeousness.
If you are a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, then you will be tempted by Long Island and its mesmerizing appeal. Get away from the clutches of your hectic schedule at this fascinating beach. Get close to nature here!
Things to do
There is a government accommodation known as Surmai Resort and a private property named Blue Planet in Long Island. Both are nice and you can book them in advance. However, if you want to stay in the main area of Rangat Island, then you can consider staying at Hotel Priya International. A budget property, it is located in the largest town of Andaman and Nicobar Command. It is located in the vicinity of the railway station and bus stand. The nearest airport to the hotel is Veer Savarkar International Airport located in Port Blair, the capital town. Well-equipped with warm hospitality and dedicated room services, the property is embedded with standard amenities and comforts of the highest living. Stay here for an unparalleled and unforgettable experience.
All the rooms at Hotel Priya International are airy, well-furnished, and equipped with modern facilities needed to feel comfortable at a place. There are two variants available- Standard and Deluxe. Amenities such as an air conditioner, intercom, cable television, and bathroom with geyser and shower are offered to the esteemed guests for absolute comfort.
At the in-house restaurant of Hotel Priya International, you can relish authentic, tasty, and flavourful dishes in its serene ambiance. Delicious and healthy breakfast and dinner are served here along with fresh fruit juices. Along with that, the on-site bar stocks a classic collection of the choicest beverages. Thus, it is an ideal place to relax and unwind after a hectic day of activities. Thus, it is a perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of exploration.
Some of its offered facilities are mentioned below:
Nearby tourist attractions
Some of the tourist attractions nearby Long Island are as follows:
Best time to visit
One can visit Long Island throughout the year. As it is a coastal area, there are not so many climatic variations, and the region experiences tropical climate. You can visit here in summer as we as winter, and carry out sightseeing and various thrilling water activities for which the island is known for. If you travel here in the monsoon season, then there will be heavy rainfalls and you will not be able to try your hand at water sports.
December to March is the best time to visit the town. During this time, the temperature remains between 23 and 30 degrees Celsius.
How to reach
You can reach Rangat Island by government ferry. It will be a five to six hours long journey. The timings vary depending on the total number of passengers boarding and getting down at each stop. The ticket bookings open only one or two days before the departure. The harbor for Rangat is the Yerrata Jetty. Before finalizing this potion, you should know that if you are in the Andaman Islands for only a few days, then this option may not work for you.
Rangat Island in the Andamans has got a lot more to offer than you can imagine. You are sure to get a myriad of experiences there. Rangat is a very good example of an eco-tourism initiative in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All the attraction spots are more or less equidistant from Rangat. Speaking of the town, you will see some shops, a well-stocked market, food stalls, and tea sellers.
If you want to enjoy Long Island at its best, then it is highly recommended that you book your vacation with a reliable tour and travel agency. Located in Port Blair (the capital town), Andaman Island Travels is a well-known name across the islands and it will make sure that you get to enjoy all the water activities and sightseeing spots within the prescribed time duration.