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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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Natural Bridge at Neil Island

Natural Bridge at Neil Island
Date : 29 Dec 2021

Natural Bridge in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) is one of the most popular attractions across the Andaman Islands. It is a natural formation that is a rock jutting out from the main wall with a huge hole in it. The continuous lashing waves over the years have created it. In 2004, the wall alongside bore the brunt of the Tsunami and saved Neil Island from massive destruction. Another natural bridge formation is on its way in the far corner. This bridge is also known as Howrah Bridge (Bengali settler have given this name in jest). It is an ideal place to be explored by adventure lovers. Senior citizens can skip it.

The natural Bridge has two living natural corals formed just like a bridge. Bengalis, who settled on Neil Island in the early days, refer it as the Rabindra Sethu. They called it Howrah Bridge later. The best time to see it is during the low tide.

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Overview

You will be required to trek down from the main road to reach Natural Bridge in Neil Island. You get to see the rocky beach with limestone rocks across the beach. Over thousands of years, the erosion with tides has eroded the rocks in the salt waters. Starfishes or sea cucumbers are visible between the rocks in the shallow water. Along with the Natural Bridge, one can also spot staghorn corals, finger corals, boulder corals, and color-changing corals. During low tide, the underwater creatures are visible in the shallow waters and you should definitely have a look. Make sure that you don’t go further from the Natural Bridge as you may get stuck during high tide.

Highlight

The Andaman Islands are famous for the Natural Bridge that is located in Neil Island. 40 kilometers away from Port Blair (the capital city), Neil Island is also known as the vegetable bowl of the Andamans owing to the rich production from the vast agricultural area. This naturally shaped bridge-like rock is also popularly known as Howrah Bridge.

Nearby the Natural Bridge, there are various lovely beaches that should be visited when you are in Neil Island. You can go and see Laxmanpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, and Bharatpur Beach while vacationing in the Andaman Islands. These are some of the best beaches where you can simply chill and relax.

Natural Bridge, Neil Island

Nearby hotels

There are a number of nice properties near the Natural Bridge in Neil Island that are suitable for all kinds of budgets. Whether you are a luxury traveller or a budget traveller, you can find a comfortable hotel or resort from the following: 

1-Star

  • Elephant & four wise men resort
  • Break Water Resort
  • KP Lodge
  • Jayanthi Lodge

2-Star

  • Vacation Village
  • Sunset Garden Resort
  • Moon shine garden resort
  • Hotel Sarthak Residency
  • Nirala Resort

3-Star

  • Pearl Park Beach Resort
  • Tango Beach Resort
  • TSG Aura 
  • Hotel Amullya
  • Kingfisher Hotel
  • Coco N Hut Resort
  • Holiday Inn Neil Island

4-Star

  • Sea Shell Resort
  • Summer Sand Beach Resort
  • Silver Sand Beach Resort

KP Guesthouse is one of the budget-friendly accommodations in Neil Island. Esteemed guests are amidst the eco-friendly atmosphere during their stay. Special attention is paid to each and every guest. The property is sure to ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay for everyone. If you are looking for some adventure, then the resort will also book your water activities along with treks and tours. The mellow ambiance of this property allows you to experience the serenity of the Andaman Islands. If you want to roam around the place, then the lodge’s staff is there to help you out.

KP Guesthouse offers three kinds of rooms- Two bedded non-AC room, Two bedded AC room, and Four bedded AC room. These are equipped with all the basic amenities. The rooms are hygienic and neat and clean ensuring the total comfort of guests.

Guests can enjoy lip-smacking meals at the property’s on-site restaurant during their stay. It serves special diet meals and kids’ meals as well. The dining area is beautiful and a lovely place to enjoy mouth-watering food. Whether you love eating vegetarian or non-vegetarian food, the kitchen has everything for you. Enjoy a comfortable stay and dine like a royal at this guesthouse.

Some of the offered facilities include the following:

  • Free parking
  • Free breakfast
  • Beach
  • Bicycle rental
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Vehicle rental
  • 24-hour security
  • First aid kit
  • Breakfast available
  • Breakfast buffet

Natural Bridge in Neil Island

How to reach

The nearest airport to Neil Island is Veer Savarkar International Airport and it is located in Port Blair, the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Island. It takes nearly half an hour to reach Neil Island from there.

One has to walk through the seashores in order to reach the Natural Bridge in Neil Island. These seashores are rich in marine life. Make sure to wear shorts and waterproof sleepers for walking on the reefs.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Natural Bridge is during the low tide. They appear twice in a day. A local guide can let you know the tide timing. Be ready to get mesmerized by the natural charm of the Andamans.

Important things to know

  • Neil Island is also known as the vegetable bowl of the Andaman Islands as its land is ideal for the cultivation of fruits and vegetables owing to great climatic conditions. 
  • There are only two ATMs (Syndicate Bank and Cooperative Bank) in Neil Island, and both are in the bazaar.
  • The small market of Neil Island comprises little shops selling all essential commodities ranging from stationary to common medicines and simple clothing to groceries. The best in the market are fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, most of the fruits and vegetables in Port Blair are from here. In the evening, this part is the busiest part of the town. 
  • Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair is the closest airport to Neil Island. The only jetty on the island is the jetty at Bharatpur Beach, and this is where all private and government ships dock.

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