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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Samudrika Naval Marine Museum at Port Blair

Samudrika Naval Marine Museum at Port Blair
Date : 09 Dec 2021

Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is a Port Blair- based tourist attraction located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a popular sightseeing place that is also known as Fisheries Museum. There are number of installations that are very informative as they present coverage on the island’s ecosystem, plants, animals, tribal communities, marine life, etc. A small aquarium housing different collections of fishes, corals, and shells can also be seen there. There is a huge skeleton of a blue whale on the outside. It was washed ashore in Nicobar. The Indian Navy runs the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum and it stores as many as five galleries representing history, geography, anthropology, and marine life of the islands. Along with all this, there is also a small zoo that is home to saltwater crocodiles in Haddo of the Andaman Islands.

Samudrika Naval Marine Museum was designed for creating awareness of different aspects of the oceanic environment. Situated near the Andaman Teal House, it focuses on creating understanding about the environment in marine life and the ocean. 

Overview

A perfect blend of the new and the old, Samudrika Naval Marine Museum displays the present and the past. It is divided into five different rooms and each one of them showcases a different facet of the Andamans. Greeting you as you enter the museum, you will see a massive blue whale in its skeletal form. 

The first room presents the geographical history of the islands covering the history behind its name to how it was formed. The young and the old alike will be delighted to see the second and the third room. There is an aquarium in the second one that has fishes of different sizes and shapes ranging from a parrotfish to the rare and venomous species of stonefish. Corals, for which the island is very famous, are exhibited in the third room. The fourth room displays shells extensively. A complete sense of the marine life of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is guaranteed there. The fifth room of the museum is an important one as it provides information about the tribal life in the islands. There is also a display of interesting specimens of snakes and butterflies. If you want to buy a few souvenirs of your trip here, then you can visit the curio shop of the museum. 

Please note that flash should not be used during photography as it may disturb marine animals. 

Things to do

Also known as Fisheries Museum, Samudrika Naval Marine Museum shelters hundreds of marine species of lovely fishes, corals, and shells. One can also visit a mini zoo situated nearby.

Entry fee:

  • Rs.50 for adults and Rs.20 for children per head
  • Cameras are charged at Rs.50
  • Entry is free for senior citizens and specially-abled people on showing a valid identity card.

The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to reach

Reaching Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is very simple. It is located at a distance of nearly two kilometers from the city center. It is situated in Haddo to the northern end of Port Blair in the Andaman Islands and is easily accessible via taxis, auto rickshaws, and two-wheelers (available on rent). The museum is close to the Nature Park, Haddo, and a number of good hotels.

Nearby hotels

Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is a major attraction in Port Blair and there are a number of hotels located nearby. Some of them are as follows:

  • Blue Bridge Home
  • Ross View Hotels and Resorts
  • Andaman Vacations Home
  • J Hotel
  • Raja Monsoon Villa
  • Hotel Sea View
  • Hotel Royal Palace
  • Atlanta Cottage
  • Deer Park Homotel
  • NH Regency 
  • Kevins
  • Sunnyvale Andaman
  • Hotel Aqua Breeze
  • Guru International
  • Hotel Serene Palace

The hotels and resort offer the best of the Andaman tropical vibes and a refreshing ambience. Offering their guests an experience like no other, the lavish resorts here provide advanced amenities and services that are required for a relaxing stay in the Andamans. From the elegant and spacious rooms to the exquisite restaurants and banquet halls, these properties offer only the finest in all aspects of the stay. The tourists staying here are left happy and satisfied with their stay. For a comfortable and hassle-free stay in Port Blair, these accommodations are your best choices. In the capital city of the islands, these properties are sure to offer you total comfort and convenience. 

The properties here offer different kinds of rooms as per varied budgets. For instance, standard, deluxe, cottage, and suite. All the rooms are fitted with modern amenities such as a refrigerator, work area, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and mini bar. The rooms are neat and clean, and ensure a pleasant stay. These are hygienic and comfortable. Their ambiance is aesthetically pleasant. These are like homes away from homes! 

Most of the resorts and hotels in Port Blair have in-house restaurants that serve an array of lip-smacking food including seafood, North Indian, and different assorted delicacies. The food will make your beach holidays even more special. Try delicious coffee and other refreshing beverages here to soothe your senses. 

Some of the commonly available facilities at these properties are mentioned below: 

  • Doctor on call
  • Luggage Assistance
  • Ticket Tour Assistance
  • Wake-up Call
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Dining Area
  • Kids’ meals
  • Special Diet Meals
  • Conference Room
  • Fax Service
  • Kids Play Area
  • Lawn
  • Sun Deck
  • Reception
  • Balcony Terrace
  • Seating Area
  • 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

Nearby Places To Eat 

There are various good restaurants that are not so far from Samudrika Naval Marine Museum. Some of the best ones are:

  • Icy Spicy 
  • Fortune Resort Bay Island 
  • New Lighthouse Restaurant 
  • Ananda Multi-cuisine Restaurant

Best time to visit

One can visit Samudrika Naval Marine Museum throughout the year. However, the best time to travel to the Andamans is between November and May. During these months, the weather is pleasant and one can go for sightseeing without feeling any uneasiness.

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