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.
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
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
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.
When you are in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep), don’t forget to include Ramnagar Beach in your travel itinerary. It stretches all over Ramnagar Village and has sharp corals that make it a bit tough to swim in at several points. The most sought-after sea access points are at the Blue Sea Restaurant and the pathway just across Deep Sea Resort on the main road. This beach has crystal clear water, calm sea, and clean sand. There is a lot of shade from the trees and thus, it is a good spot for relaxing and reading your favorite book.
Every year, people from all over the world get attracted to the pristine beauty and untouched sandy beaches of Andaman Island. It has some of the most scenic spots for travel and nature lovers. This archipelago is visited by travellers to uncover and explore its jewels. The entire island is amazingly striking but there is one place that nature lovers and beach bums never miss- Neil Island. It is located at a distance of 30 kilometers from the main islands of Andaman, and is known for some of the most unique sights. If Andaman Island is a crown, then Neil Island is its most precious gem! Nothing can beat this island in Andamans when it comes to surreal beauty. It would be the best place for your island vacation.
Ramnagar Beach is a good location for snorkeling as it has great visibility and rich marine life along the S shaped coral reef. If you want to reach the best points with live corals, then you have to swim further into the ocean. It is an ideal spot for experienced swimmers as the waves on the reef often get big and the currents get strong. If you are someone who is seeking some privacy, then Ramnagar Beach is a great spot as it is completely deserted most of the time. The views of sunset and sunrise from here are amazingly beautiful. Moreover, you will not find any crowd here.
Ramnagar Beach is a spectacular beach that is located at a distance of 35 kilometers away from Diglipur. It is a good beach for swimming. A tropical forest surrounds this beach and you can hike through the trails to get that much-needed adrenaline rush. It would be an ideal combination of greens and blues along with the gorgeous beach nearby.
For making it comfortable for the tourists visiting this beach, there are eco-friendly facilities there such as log sofas, eco huts, and seating. You can spend quality time here for how long as you want. The beach is a turtle nesting ground in the winter season (December to March).
Nearby places to stay
There are a number of hotels and resorts in Neil Island that will suit your budget. Some of them are as follows:
Vacation Village Resort is a rejuvenating retreat in the gorgeous Neil Island offering an exhilarating experience. Famous tourist places like Bharatpur Beach (2.8 km), Laxmanpur Beach (4.2 km), and Sitapur Beach (6.1 km) are very close to the resort. Guests can reach the property easily from Port Blair and Havelock Island via private and government ferries (as per scheduled timings). Adding relaxation to every stay, the property provides upscale services and facilities to its esteemed guests. Front desk and room service are also offered. Beat the heat with the cool refreshing waters of the outdoor pool.
The cottages at Vacation Village Resort offer panoramic and breathtaking views to guests. There is a personal patio at some of them where you can appreciate an enchanting view of the surrounding nature. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated ensuring a comfortable stay. These are equipped with an air conditioner, television, comfortable beds, fresh linen, attached bathrooms, etc.
The eclectic on-site restaurant is known for its gourmet cuisine and splendid dining area. After a long day of exploration, spend quality time with family and friends at the lounge. Here, you can enjoy light snacks with refreshing beverages.
The property offers the following facilities:
Where to eat
There are some nice eateries and restaurants nearby Ramnagar Beach where you can enjoy mouth-watering food. These are as follows:
How to reach
Ramnagar Beach lies between the Sitapur Beach and the market. It is at a distance of two kilometers from the jetty. The shoreline is dotted with a number of restaurants and resorts. Connected by road, one can reach there by hiring a two-wheeler, bicycle, taxi, or an auto rickshaw. You can get any one of them from the jetty or by requesting at your accommodation.
The following are the ways by which you can get around Neil Island: