News Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • 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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Param Vir Chakra Memorial at Port Blair

Param Vir Chakra Memorial at Port Blair
Date : 09 Dec 2021

Located in the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Param Vir Chakra Memorial is one of the must-see places in Port Blair. It is built at the scenic Marina Park. Lieutenant Governor Lt Gen A K Singh (retired) has dedicated this memorial to the country for the utmost sacrifice and love. It carries pictures and details of all the 21 Param Veer Chakra awardees. 

India’s biggest heroism award and given, Param Vir Chakra is awarded to the officers and commissioned personnel of all military branches for the highest degree of self-sacrifice and bravery. People visiting here are reminded of the sacrifices made by our nation’s brave soldiers in the post-independence era.

Cellular Jail in is a testimony to the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters. On the other hand, Param Vir Chakra Memorial reminds people about the sacrifices made by our brave soldiers in the post-independence era. 

  • Address: Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Port Blair, Port Blair and Port Blair Islands, 744104, India
  • Memorial timing: Monday to Sunday, 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Entry fee: Free

 

Things to do 

Located in Port Blair’s Marina Park, while you are at Param Vir Chakra Memorial, you can walk through the pictures of all the 21 awardees of Param Veer Chakra. At Marina Park, you can spot various marine creatures and visit other nearby attractions such as Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Cellular Jail (national memorial), etc.

How to reach

From central Port Blair, Param Vir Chakra Memorial is located at a distance of about nine kilometers. You will take twenty minutes to reach there. 

If you are planning to travel to the Andaman Islands and are looking for the best way to reach there, then the below-mentioned is all the information you need:

By Air- Every day, there are several flights to the Andaman Islands that fly on time. The only airport in the islands is in Port Blair, which is the capital town. 

By Water- If you have enough time and are willing to try something new, then you can travel to the Andamans by sea as well. There are three ports in India from where you can sail to the islands- Kolkata, Chennai, and Visakhapatnam/Vizag. These ports have different timing and durations. The five ships operating between the mainland of India and the island are as follows:

  • M. V. Nicobar
  • M.V. Nancowry
  • M.V. Akbar
  • V. Harshavardhana
  • M.V. Swaraj Dweep

Getting around in Port Blair

Commuting by local transport in Port Blair is very convenient. Roads are well-built and you will not get lost as every spot is just by the road. Moreover, the locals are also very helpful. You can carry a map or an offline map here as the internet doesn’t work properly here.

Best time to visit

You can visit Param Vir Chakra Memorial throughout the year. However, the best time to travel to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is between November and February. The weather is pleasant during these months. 

Vital information for tourists 

  • Mobile Connectivity- The only networks that work in the Andamans are Vodafone, BSNL, and Airtel. You can buy an extra sim, so be on the safer side. But there are several places where there is zero signal connectivity no matter whichever sim you use. These are Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach in Havelock, and Jolly Buoy in Port Blair. 
  • ATMs- There are a few ATMs in the Andaman Islands but still keeping cash in hand is advisable. The disturbances in the network do not make the ATM reliable. Thus, you cannot go cashless there.
  • Medical Facilities- All across the island, efficient health care facilities are available. In case of an emergency, prompt aids are available with speed boats to your rescue. Doctor’s assistance, medication from the pharmacy, hospitalisations, operation, and nursing are included in the healthcare facilities.
  • Food Joints- The Andaman Islands is known as a foodie paradise. It serves a wide range of mouth-watering cuisines especially seafood. Offering varieties of delicacies at your service, there are a number of sea-facing food joints across the island. Even if you are a vegetarian, you will have a lot to choose from in restaurants. Nemo Café, Waves, and Pink Fly should be in your itinerary if you are looking to chill with live music by the seashore.

Other top places to see in Port Blair

Port Blair- the capital city of the most beautiful union territory on India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, boasts of a number of tourist-friendly places that are spellbinding. It is a gorgeous and awe-inspiring city, and taking a pit stop here never disappoints anyone. It promises you clear blue waters, lush greens, rich cultural history, and a lot more. Along with visiting various places in the city, if you have plenty of time for sightseeing, then you can travel to the unexplored attractions and tiny islands nearby Port Blair as well. 

Historical places to see in Port Blair

  • Cellular Jail
  • Japanese Bunkers
  • Chatham Saw Mill
  • Murugan Temple

Recreational places to see in Port Blair 

  • Manglutan Village
  • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
  • Madhuban Ranges
  • Marina Park and Aquarium
  • Veer Savarkar Park
  • Beaches and islands to see in Port Blair
  • Corbyn’s Cove Beach
  • Ross and Smith Islands

If you have got more time in hand, then you can also explore the following beaches and islands:

  • Little Andaman Island
  • Butler Bay Beach
  • Karmatang Beach
  • Katchal Island
  • Rutland Island 
  • Parrot Island
  • Chidiya Tapu
  • Ferar Beach
  • Diglipur Island
  • Cinque Island
  • Lamiya Bay Beach
  • Amkunj Beach

If you are in the planning stage of your vacation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all your bookings. A well-known and trusted tour agency, it is located in Port Blair and is committed to help you in planning the holiday of your dreams as per your budget and requirements. Whether it is your accommodation, any adventure activity that you want to do or hire a car, it will take care of all your needs in the best way possible.

Happy travelling!

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