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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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Mud Volcano at Baratang Island

Mud Volcano at Baratang Island
Date : 29 Dec 2021

If you want to see something unique and extraordinary in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then travel to the lovely Baratang Island. The Mud Volcanoes there are one of their kinds. To reach there, you have to take a short ride from the Nilambur Jetty and walk up a rocky path for 160 meters. These volcanoes are small muddy craters that were formed by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter present underground. That has pushed the mud upwards. Not much of a visually gorgeous sight, sometimes, there is just a pile of dried or small bubbling puddles of mud. Baratang Island is one of the few places across the world where one can see these volcanoes. So you may consider visiting if you want to witness something unusual. As many as eleven mud volcanoes are reported in the Andaman Islands and out of these, eight are present in Baratang and Middle Andaman. The other three are located in North Andaman.

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Highlight

Baratang Island is known for its geological and natural wonders. It has emerged as a preferred tourist destination among travellers and adventure enthusiasts owing to the alluring sites such as mud volcanoes. The island serves you with umpteen opportunities to quench your thirst for adventure in spite of being one of the lesser-visited tourist places due to the accessibility hindrance. 

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Baratang Island, the Mud Volcano can be covered on a day trip when you are here. As evident from its name, this volcano is a special kind of volcano from which a mixture of mud, gases, and water erupt. It looks like mud bubbling out of the land. Such a mud volcanic eruption is rare and one of its kind in India. That is why, the phenomenon attracts a lot of tourists towards it. 

Overview

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. 

Mud Volcano is a famous sight and one of its kind in India. It is a small bubbling puddle of mud, which makes it worth visiting. Some people marvel at the science behind it while some consider it as a great natural marvel. You cannot miss this place if you are really willing to see something rare in Andaman Island.

Mud Volcano, Baratang Island

Nearby Hotels

Dew Dale Resort, Coral Creek Resort, and Hotel Avis are the most recommended accommodations in Baratang Island.

With a built-up area of 700 square meters, Coral Creek Resort is a preferred property. It houses two floors in the gorgeous Baratang Island. The property has a lovely open garden beautifully developed with local plants and flowers. The resort is an excellent property for sightseeing, recreation, dining, and getting around. The car rental service is also available at the accommodation. The staff speaks multiple languages and is always ready to help. A decent stay, the property is neat and clean and ensures total comfort of its esteemed guests.

The resort offers deluxe rooms that are 165 square feet in size. The ground floor has as many as twelve deluxe rooms. With a comfortable king-size bed and garden view, the guests are sure to have a pleasant stay. The room has facilities like 24-hour room service, room controlled air conditioning, Wi-Fi, etc. It is a family-friendly cosy resort that is known for offering good facilities and comfortable stays to tourists visiting the Andamans. The rooms have air-conditioning along with free internet access. 

The in-house restaurant of Coral Creek Resort serves vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Continent, Chinese, Indian, etc. cuisines. It has a capacity of 32 guests in one sitting. 

Some of the offered facilities are as follows:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Power Backup
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Restaurant (Halal)
  • Dining Area
  • Coffee Shop (Limited Hours)
  • Masks
  • Sanitizers

How to reach

From the Baratang Jetty, Mud Volcanoes are located nearly seven kilometers and one can reach there via road. After reaching the entrance, just walk for another 160 meters on a rocky path. Finding transport there is a bit tough. So you should hire a taxi at the jetty for a round trip. If you have enough time in hand, then you can also visit Baludera Beach that is a quick detour from the route to Mud Volcanoes.

How to Reach Mud Volcano, Baratang Island

Getting around 

Getting around Baratang Island is quite easy. You can hire a private taxi/cab from Port Blair. You can explore Baratang Island in any of the following ways:

  • You can take a private jeep to a place like Mud Volcano from the Baratang Jetty.
  • A government bus can take you to the Mud Volcano as well as Baludera Beach. There is no fixed schedule but a few rides per day are for sure. 

Important things to keep in mind while visiting Mud Volcano

Baratang Island is a gorgeous place offering a plethora of activities and attractions. However, travelling to this lovely destination is not that easy as you have to cross the tribal zone that is protected by the Government of India (GOI). Therefore, there are a few important things that you must consider on your journey to this island. 

  • You should not offer any food items to the tribal people as it might prove to be injurious to their health. Also, taking pictures with tribal people is also strictly prohibited in this area. 
  • Don’t forget to carry good walking shoes with yourself if you are an adventure lover who is willing to engage in hiking and trekking activities. 
  • You need to carry enough cash with yourself while you are visiting Baratang Island as there are just a few ATMs in this region.

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