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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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Neil’s Cove at Havelock Island

Neil’s Cove at Havelock Island
Date : 27 Dec 2021

Just ten-minute down the popular Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island will take you to Neil’s Cove. It is a beautiful cove with freshwater streams where you can swim in the crystal-clear azure waters. Adrenaline junkies and nature lovers can also go for snorkeling here. Your underwater experience while doing snorkeling will boost all your senses and open your eyes to a whole new magical world! That’s why we would suggest you to visit this cove and go for your first experience as soon as you can. If you are already on a beach holiday, then snorkeling can add some extra adventure to your vacation. Whether you are travelling alone, with your partner, or entire family, this water activity is something that most of people would agree to do. This adventurous activity stands out from the rest owing to the magic and ecstasy it offers to the divers throughout. However, you should be careful at all times as crocodiles have been spotted there in the past. 

The place is not crowded and thus, you can enjoy being at the cove even more. It has all the seclusion and privacy that you are looking for. The magnificence of Neil’s Cove cannot be put in words. You yourself have to go there in order to cherish its beauty to the fullest.

Overview

Neil’s Cove in Havelock Island is everything that you dreamed of while planning a trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The cove has little inlets and lagoons where you can enjoy floating, shallow diving, and snorkeling. And if you just want to live the good life, then simply lie on the beach. A number of colorful fishes can be seen from the outside and this is ideal for all the non-water babies who don’t want to get inside the warm waters. There will be warning signs for crocodiles if you swim further into the inlets. Pay attention and use your wisdom.

Neil’s Cove, Havelock Island

Highlight

Neil’s Cove has a beautiful teal lagoon and is gem of crystalline water and sheltered sand. No one is allowed to swim at dusk and dawn. Warnings regarding crocodiles are true and you should take them seriously. 

It is like an exotic spot that is home to silky white sands and cobalt waters. A pristine lagoon that is small in size and perfect half-moon crescent of white powdery sand, Neil’s Cove offers unmatched natural beauty. It is one of the best kept secrets in Havelock Island. You will see lush greenery here, canopy of tall and dense tropical rain forest amidst melodious voices of colorful endemic birds. You can witness a diverse array of marine life and colorful crabs on the corals at this tranquil place. It would be absolutely fascinating to look at the waves crashing on the rocks and jumping high into the air. Photographers will be offered with innumerable opportunities of capturing the best photographs. One must-do thing here includes looking at the gorgeous sunsets while lazing on the soft sands. You are not going to forget this mesmerizing experience ever! It is definitely a cherished destination for photographers and bloggers.

Nearby hotels

Havelock Island Beach Resort located in Swaraj Dweep welcomes your family to enjoy a memorable stay at its beachfront property. Its family suite has two king-sized beds that will comfortably accommodate the four of you. For your ease, the room has facilities like a mini-fridge and coffee/tea making machine. The hospitality staff ensures complete cleanliness and hygiene throughout your family’s stay. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the spectacular views from the window of your suite. For all your needs, there is an intercom in your room that connects you with our helpful staff.

Other accommodations nearby Neil’s Cove are mentioned below:

Neil’s Cove

  • The Kingdom Resort
  • El Dorado
  • Radhakrishna Resort
  • 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
  • Aparupa Sands Marina
  • Cross Bill Beach Resort
  • Taj Exotica
  • Silver Sand Beach Resort
  • Munjoh Ocean Resort
  • Sea Shell Resort

Tourists also like staying at Sea Shell Resort in Havelock Island. At this lavish accommodation, an idyllic beach vacation awaits you! Stay at an exotic villa nestled amidst sky-high coconut trees and verdant surroundings. If you are vacationing with your kids, then they can enjoy to their heart’s content at the separate play area. Enjoy mesmerising ocean views from your rooms. With a private beachfront, enjoy so many other exclusive services like easy connectivity to the ferry station, along with helipad and seaplane terminal just a kilometer away. There is an in-house scuba diving center where you can practice and enjoy scuba activities and professional diver courses.

Sea Shell Resort offers six types of accommodations- Andaman Villa, Andaman Cottage, Andaman Chalet, Andaman Lagoon, Havelock Cabana, and Andaman Bungalow. Spacious and well-ventilated, all the rooms are equipped with facilities such as 21-inch color TV, refrigerator, telephone, etc. 

Neil’s Cove in Havelock Island

The hotel has an on-site restaurant. It specialises in Chinese, Continental, and Indian dishes that are appreciated for being extremely delicious. There are skilled and trained chefs and waiters to serve the esteemed guests. The well-stocked bar of the hotel, offers a myriad of wines and spirits. 

Some of its offered facilities include the following:

  • Masks
  • Sanitizers
  • Disinfection
  • Paid Airport Transfers
  • Paid Pickup Drop
  • CCTV
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Safety and Security
  • First-aid Services
  • Electrical Chargers
  • TV (cable, Flat screen)
  • Vehicle Rental

How to reach

A gorgeous lagoon situated in Swaraj Dweep, Neil’s Cove is very close to Radhanagar Beach. So first, you have to reach the beach by taking a taxi, auto, or by renting a scooty. When you are there, you just need to walk towards the northern side for nearly fifteen minutes. You will see a lovely lagoon where the reef curves. This is Neil’s Cove! As no boards or directions are available en route, you can ask the guards at the entrance of Radhanagar beach for directions in case you are confused.

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