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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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Ross Island & North Bay Island at Port Blair

Ross Island & North Bay Island at Port Blair
Date : 09 Dec 2021

North Bay Island in the Andaman Islands is the place that you often see at the back of a Rs.20 note. The lighthouse that you see on the back is from this island. However, the new Rs.20 notes that were started getting printed from 2019 onwards don’t have this photo. This tourist spot surely has historical importance. The good thing is that you can take a trip to this popular island when in Port Blair, the capital city. You can explore this island as well as Ross Island in one day. First, you can enjoy various water activities in North Bay Island and then, head to Ross Island to explore the ruins of this place that was once the administrative capital of the British. It is a day trip and you can have a fun-filled time on these islands. These are must-visit destinations in the Andamans and you should not miss visiting there when in Port Blair.

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A few miles away from the capital city, Ross Island was once the administrative headquarter for the Britishers. Due to an earthquake that rocked the island in 1941, the British took settlement at Port Blair after leaving from there. Till date, the island hasn’t recovered from the decay and neglect that was set it. Nature showed its strength and slowly and steadily, it took its toll. The banyan trees there have engulfed the buildings thereby replacing the man-made structures. When you are there, you will be taken back to the time when this island was an administrative settlement for the Britishers. However, the Indian Navy has rebuilt some of the old buildings such as the local stores and bakery. One can buy souvenirs from there.

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The ruins at the island include the following along with many others:

  • Church
  • Secretariat
  • Government House
  • Chief Commissioner's residence
  • Long strips of luxury gardens
  • Swimming pool
  • Grand ballrooms
  • Tennis court
  • Water treatment plants
  • Hospital
  • Printing press, etc.

Also known as Coral Island, North Bay Island is a must-visit tourist attraction in the Andamans. There are a number of water activities that you can try at its beach such as snorkeling, scuba diving, speed boat rides, and sea walking. Take a ferry to Aberdeen Jetty and come back after three hours. A large area if covered by lovely corals on the island. You can spot rare fishes, lobsters, and clams on the coral reef. Make the best of your vacation at this gorgeous island by relaxing and enjoying.

If you are also planning to visit Ross Island and North Bay Island, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all the bookings for you. It is a reliable travel and tour company located in Port Blair. It is committed to offer you the best. The island trip will include all transfers, boat tickets, pick up and drop, etc. You will be commuting in a personal air-conditioned cab. After reaching the islands, you just have to pay a maintenance fee of Rs.30 at Ross Island and Rs.10 Rupees at North Bay Island. This fee cannot be paid in advance. Ross Island doesn’t have any food stalls. However at North Bay Island, one can find small restaurants, shops, coconut water, etc. The trip is closed on Wednesdays. 

Water sports

An untouched union territory of India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the storehouse of water adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from across the world. North Bay Island is popular for its various enthralling water sports that can be enjoyed by non-swimmers as well. Due to the diversity of adventurous activities one can experience here, the island is highly sought-after among travellers. It offers a multitude of activities and there is something for everyone. 

Some of the most popular water sports here include the following:

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Parasailing
  • Sea walking
  • Dolphin glass-bottom boat
  • Semi-submarine ride

Nearby hotels

There are no accommodations in Ross Island and North Bay Island. Only a day trip is available. So one has to book a hotel or resort in Port Blair, the capital town. There are a number of properties available that are sure to suit your requirements. Some of the best places for staying here are as follows:

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  • Sinclairs Bay View
  • Welcomhotel By ITC Hotels, Bay Island
  • Seashell Hotel
  • Peerless Sarovar Portico 
  • Hotel Megapode Nest
  • J Hotel
  • Ami Grace
  • Haywizz
  • Ashiaanaa Residency Inn
  • Hotel Semtinel
  • Sunray Homes 

Peerless Sarovar Portico is a good choice if you are looking for a luxurious stay. It is nestled in the beautiful contours of Corbyn’s Cove Beach, the most popular tourist attraction in Port Blair. Offering an ideal tropical getaway with its cosy rooms, the beachfront property is known for its delectable seafood and splendid ocean views. Guests can choose from garden facing rooms or sea-view cottages. It is the only resort located on Port Blair’s Corbyn’s Cove Beach. Veer Savarkar International Airport is located at just a ten-minute drive from the hotel.

Other properties are also nice and they offer elegantly designed air-conditioned rooms. Spacious along with being neat and clean, the rooms are available in different categories such as deluxe, sea view, etc. These rooms have all the advanced amenities and are fully furnished as well. You are sure to have a memorable stay here.

At these hotels and resorts, you can indulge in smoky aromatic seafood delicacies including local Surmai at their on-site restaurants. There are multi-cuisine restaurants that serve scrumptious food. Having dinner at a romantic setting here will make your beach holiday unforgettable. 

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The properties are well-equipped with all the modern amenities. Some of the widely available facilities are as follows:

  • Coffee Shop
  • Conference Room
  • Printer
  • Photocopying
  • Business Centre
  • Banquet
  • Lawn
  • Living Room
  • Reception
  • Balcony Terrace
  • Verandah
  • Paid Airport Transfer
  • Paid Pickup Drop
  • Paid Shuttle Service
  • Concierge
  • Wheelchair
  • Bellboy Service

Best time to visit

The months from October to May are the best months to visit Ross Island and North Bay Island. The weather is clear during this time and there is no chance for sudden rainfalls.

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