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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Sagarika Government Emporium at Port Blair

Sagarika Government Emporium at Port Blair
Date : 09 Dec 2021

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their indigenous people, culture, and traditions. The best of handicrafts culture can be seen here and one place that brings them all together from several islands is the well-known Sagarika Government Emporium. If you are someone who is looking for distinguished handmade products made of coconut shells, wood, seashells, and bamboo, then head to this popular shopping emporium when you are in Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Curious travellers willing to buy something unique and beautiful souvenirs should head to this place. Also, there is another shop sharing the same name but spelt a bit differently. So don’t get confused. Both of them offer the same kind of products, but the finishing, finesse, texture, and quality are better at Sagarika Government Emporium. It is a government venture and the prices are nominal here.


Sagarika Emporium

(Opp. to State Library)

Middle Point, Port Blair

Phone No : 03192-234774

Timing: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm


Sagarika Government Emporium is popular for curated handicraft items obtained from different islands, especially Nicobar where tourists are not allowed to travel. A strict fixed price policy is followed at the complex and bargaining doesn’t work. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a treasure house of lovely souvenirs that you can purchase for your friends and family. There are a number of shops in Port Blair selling such beautiful items and Sagarika Government Emporium is the best one. It sells a number of products made of materials such as sea shells, jute, wood, etc. 


The Andaman and Nicobar Administration runs Sagarika Emporium in Port Blair. It is owned by the government. All the items are sold at the fixed nominal prices. The emporium buys the products from the local self-employed people and then, these items are sold there. Therefore, the locals are provided livelihood by the emporium. So if you are buying something from the emporium, then know that you are contributing in making the locals self-reliable and are bringing smiles on their faces.

Sagarika Government Emporium is open on all days from Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and public holidays of the Andaman and Nicobar Administration. 5 pm to 7 pm is peak time with crowd. So it is recommended that you make the purchase in the morning or afternoon. Drop by Sagarika Emporium if you are hunting for the best souvenirs in the Andamans. Offering a huge variety of local goods at fixed prices, you can browse through the store that is stocked with handicrafts, furniture and carvings made from padauk wood, lampshades made from coconut shells, tribal masks, and so much more. The self-employed locals make incredible products from mother-of-pearl and seashells like salt and pepper shaker sets, etc. A number of items are sold on discount here quite often. When in the Andamans, it is a must-visit place if you love collecting different kinds of souvenirs. Moreover, one can easily reach there. 


Nearby hotels

There are all kinds of properties near Sagarika Government Emporium, ranging from budget to luxurious. The best ones are as follows:

  • Lemon Tree Hotel
  • Sea Shell Coral Cove
  • The North Reef
  • Driftwood Hotel & Resort
  • Hotel Mansha Regency
  • Sinclairs Bay View
  • TSG Emerald View
  • SR Castle 
  • Haywizz
  • Hotel Blue Mmarlin
  • Hotel Megapode Nest
  • TSG Grand
  • Hotel Harriet View Bed & Breakfast
  • Hotel Horizon Hues
  • Hotel AT Villa 

Things to remember when visiting Sagarika Government Emporium during COVID-19

  • Everyone has to wear a mark keeping their nose and mouth covered at all times, especially when in public settings.
  • Social distancing should be maintained. You should avoid close contact by staying at least six feet apart (about two arms’ distance) from anyone who is not with you.
  • Regular sanitisation of hands is mandatory. There are dispensers installed everywhere in the Andaman Islands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth, especially after touching other surfaces.
  • Wherever available, use contactless payment and no-touch trash cans and doors. Rather than by hand, the cash or card should be exchanged by placing them in a receipt tray or on the counter, wherever possible.
  • Stay away from crowded spaces as much as possible. Avoid group gatherings. 
  • Carry your own essentials such as water bottles, personal sanitizers, etc.
  • The safety rules set by concerned authorities are there to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in the wake of the pandemic. Kindly follow them for your own and others’ safety.

Nearby restaurants

The Andaman Islands are known for highly impeccable beaches that promise a perfect island vacation. Its food further adds to an amazing travel experience, especially for foodies. Along with being heaven of natural beauty, it is a paradise of mouth-watering food as well. Port Blair has some of the best restaurants and food outlets that are known for serving a wide variety of cuisines. While tripping here, you have to try and taste lip-smacking authentic dishes to satisfy your taste buds! To relish the local and authentic food, try out these places after your rubber plantation tour:

  • Icy Spicy
  • Light house Residency
  • New Lighthouse Restaurant
  • Ananda Multi cuisine Restaurant
  • Rola Costa Restaurant & Juice Corner
  • Feel Good Restaurant & Karaoke Night

How to reach

You can easily reach Sagarika Government Emporium from anywhere in Port Blair. You can take any public transport such as an auto or a bus to reach there. There is an option of reaching here via a taxi as well if you need more comfort and safety.

Andaman Island Travels is a reliable tour agent located in the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands—Port Blair. The union territory is a perfect holiday destination whether you an adventure lover, nature lover or wildlife lover. Our dedicated staff specialises in preparing customised holiday packages as per your requirements and budget. The holiday experts will make sure that you have a magical vacation time. Moreover, we understand the importance of nature and wildlife, and thus we strongly support environmental conversation.

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