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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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Mangrove Forest at Havelock Island

Mangrove Forest at Havelock Island
Date : 27 Dec 2021

Havelock Island is the most beautiful gem of the Indian union territory- Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is the most popular island among travellers and is located nearly 70 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital city. The island is known for its white sandy beaches, azure waters, and the best diving spots in Asia. Havelock Island is like a wonderland for all age groups. Here you can laze around on its stunning beaches, explore its serene and dense mangroves, swim around colorful corals while scuba diving, and trek across the wild jungle trails. Havelock Island offers more than you can imagine!

Havelock Island is known for its wonderful natural marvels and one of the most gorgeous places to visit here is the mangrove forest. It is one of the best places to see in the Andaman Islands as well. Such a mangrove forest is not less than a treasure on the Indian subcontinent. So when you are in Swaraj Dweep, don’t forget to include mangrove forest in your itinerary. Gather all the required information from here to have a smooth experience.

Overview

Havelock Island receives the maximum footfall in the Andaman Islands owing to its pristine beaches and turquoise waters. It has also the best infrastructure for a number of water activities, thus ensuring an incredible experience for everyone. You can try scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and a lot more. The island offers a relaxed atmosphere with tropical vibes. Its beaches are dotted with PADI diving centres, cute cafes and luxurious beachfront properties. Reaching here is very simple. 

Mangrove Forest, Havelock Island

Mangrove Forest in Havelock Island is the place for migrating birds as it is lush green and has water in all seasons. One can spot many small to big birds that come here to eat fish from swamps and brackish water. Photographers can take a lot of lovely pictures of birds in their natural habitat. When you are there, you can see a number of colorful birds sitting on the top of mangroves. Bird enthusiasts will find absolute solace here. Birds picking fishes in the mangrove water can also be spotted here and that is a sight to behold.

Highlight

The place doesn’t matter, but the company does! And when it is Havelock Island, then you will not be disappointed at all if you are travelling there with your family- the most important people in your life. When travelling with family in Swaraj Dweep, beach hopping is one of the best things to do. This can be the best kind of surprise that you can give to them- one week of total rejuvenation and excitement. We can guarantee you that the experience would be incredibly kickass for all age groups as the island have something for everyone. 

And if you are someone who wants to see something new and exciting, the visit the mangrove forest here. You can explore it by boating. You can enjoy sailing for a couple of hours on a boat and it is a day trip only. You can also try your hand at fishing, which is a recreational thing to do in the Andamans. Near the creek, one can find various small and big fish under its brackish water. It would be a unique experience altogether. Make sure that you do not do it in swamps. Going along with the local anglers is the best way to enjoy fishing here as they are familiar with the right place and time of fishes.

Nearby hotels 

Known for its calm beaches, pristine waters, and romantic vibes, Havelock Island has gained popularity as a serene beach destination all over the world. But do you know that the island is a great party destination as well and offers you an exciting nightlife and dining experience? There are several restaurants and clubs that host happening events and parties. The vibrant nightlife of the Andaman Islands can be best witnessed at Havelock Island Beach Resort.

Mangrove Forest 

All its available family suites include room service, electric kettle, Wifi, and a lot more to make your stay absolutely comfortable here. The dedicated staff will ensure a pleasant stay while you are in the Andaman Islands. These family rooms are aesthetically designed and offer glorious views, fresh air and natural light in all its glory. All this will help guests in unwinding after a long day of exploration. At this beachfront resort, you will witness an abundance of lush green nature overlooking the pristine blue water of the Bay of Bengal. One of the best-located resort in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it is for those families who seek luxury and comfort while vacationing. The resort offers breathtaking emerald sea views. These gorgeous views are the USP of the resort which also makes it the first choice for the tourists. 

Some of the offered facilities are as follows:

  • 2 king-size beds
  • LCD television
  • Separate washroom
  • Intercom
  • Shared balcony
  • Free Wifi
  • Air conditioner
  • 24/7 reception service 
  • 24/7 room service
  • Safety & security
  • Free car parking 

Mangrove Forest in Havelock Island

Mentioned below are properties that we recommend in Havelock Island:

  • Taj Exotica
  • Aparupa Sands Marina
  • Cross Bill Beach Resort
  • Silver Sand Beach Resort
  • Munjoh Ocean Resort
  • Barefoot
  • Sea Shell Resort
  • Flying Elephant 
  • El Dorado
  • Green Valley Resort
  • Gold Star Beach Resort
  • Orient Legend Resort
  • Emerald Gecko
  • Royal Palace
  • Wild Orchid Beach Resort
  • Symphony Palm Beach Resort
  • Holiday Inn Beach Resort
  • Coral Reef Resort
  • Havelock Holiday Beach Resort

How to reach

To reach Havelock Island, simply take a ferry from Port Blair (the capital city) and within a couple of hours, you will be at your destination. The whole journey is in itself an adventure as you can enjoy sailing on the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal. It is recommended that you buy the ferry tickets in advance. After reaching Havelock Island, you can begin with your mangrove kayaking training sessions. You can stay at Havelock Island Beach Resort in Swaraj Dweep as it will make all your bookings on your behalf, so that you can enjoy to the fullest.

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