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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Science Centre at Port Blair

Science Centre at Port Blair
Date : 09 Dec 2021

A nice place to spend a relaxed afternoon with your friends and family, Science Centre at Goodwill Estate is a big museum that was established in 2003. This tourist place in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands fosters an environment of fun-filled learning as well as a playground with innovative swings and slides within its compound. Interesting natural phenomena such as the behaviour of fishes according to climates, oceans, etc. are explained by the models on display. Therefore, both adults as well as kids are fascinated with this place.

Entrance ticket details

  • General Public 5 rupees.
  • Children below 14 years 2 rupees.
  • ‘Unexpected Science’ Show 2 rupees.
  • ‘Fun-tastic’ Chemistry Show 2 rupees.
  • Planetarium Show 2 rupees.
  • Sky Observation & Film Show 2 rupees.
  • Photography inside the Science Centre 10 rupees.

Other important information

  • Science Centre Address: Science Centre Corbyns Cove Rd Science City, Shadipur Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744112, India
  • Science Centre Contact Number: +91-3192229034
  • Science Centre Timing: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Science Centre Price: 5 INR
  • Best time to visit Science Centre (preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:30 pm
  • Time required to explore Science Centre: 2-3 hours

Overview

Science Centre in Port Blair, the capital city, showcases scientific facts in an interesting and innovative way with various simple experiments such as liquid painting showing the velocity of the liquid, and many more. You can also see the remains of the first-ever aircraft to have entered the island in this museum. After a week, the amphibian surveillance plane called ‘VT AAN’ crashed and its broken pieces were later reassembled and restored by some engineering students on the island. These are now kept in the museum and general public will soon be able to access it. There is also the new Jurassic Park-themed light and sound show. Science Centre is a must-visit for all kids especially.

Science Centre is in proximity to the famous Corbyn’s Clove Beach. Going there will be worth your time especially if you are travelling with school-going children. The entry fee is also waived for them upon showing their identity cards. 

Highlights

One of the best places to visit in the Andamans when you are travelling with your kids, Science Centre is a place where you can see some of the most interesting marvels of science. Along with your children, this museum will engage you as well as it offers a great opportunity to learn with them. It was opened in 2003 and since then, it is witnessing a lot of locals and tourists throughout the year owing to its unique concept and entertainment.

Nearby hotels

If you want to have a refreshing encounter with science, then one of the best places in the Andaman Islands is the Science Centre. Here, you can experience the thrill and enjoyment with your kids while learning a lot of new things. 

There are kinds of hotels in Port Blair as per your budget and other requirements. Their tariff is as follows:

  • Low Budget- INR 500- 3000 (per night)
  • Mid-range- INR 4000- 8000 (per night)
  • Premium stays- INR 9000- 12000 (per night)

The best hotels nearby Science Centre are as follows:

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

Located on Marine Hill, Hotel Rhishabh is hardly one kilometer from the main bazaar of the Andamans. It is at walking distance to inter-island ferries, Havelock ferries, and main bus stop. For the guests travelling on business, the hotel has conference and meeting rooms. Along with that, there is free wireless internet connectivity within the hotel in both public and in-room hotel areas. Lift facility for rooftop and rooms is available for a comfortable stay. The nearby landmarks include Cellular Jail, Veer Savarkar Park, Marina Park, and aquarium among others.

The hotel has as many as 26 wall appointer as rooms Standard and Deluxe category. Well-furnished and beautifully decorated, the rooms offer total comfort to all guests. A LED television with satellite channels is also there for entertainment. In addition to that, the deluxe rooms also have a mini-fridge and tea maker. The interior decorations are appealing and soothing to the guests. Cove lights highlighting the walls and lovely curtains offer a relaxed effect to rooms. 

Hotel Rhishabh provides a multi-cuisine rooftop restaurant. A well-stocked bar is also at the roof for guests to enjoy the tropical vibes of Port Blair. 

Some of the available facilities at this property are as follows:

  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Television

Nearby restaurants

  • Annapurna
  • Ananda Restaurant
  • Amaya
  • Light House Residency

Nearby attractions

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

  • Cellular Jail
  • Ross Island
  • Samudrika Marine Museum
  • Chidiya Tapu
  • Ferar Beach
  • Parrot Island
  • Katchal Island
  • Amkunj Beach
  • Rutland Island 
  • Cinque Island
  • Diglipur Island
  • Butler Bay Beach
  • Karmatang Beach
  • Lamiya Bay Beach
  • Little Andaman Island

How to reach

The Science Centre is at a distant of about four kilometers from the city center. It lies en route Corbyn’s Cove Beach from Marina Park. You can easily reach there by road by renting a taxi, auto, or a two-wheeler. The museum is located beside a picturesque coastline and you will find ample parking space around.

Best time to visit

Andaman and Nicobar Island is open for tourists throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the island is from October to April when the weather is pleasurable. The summer season is likely to be avoided. Visitors can travel to the island at any time as it witnesses comforting weather throughout the year. But when comes to choosing the best season to visit there, winter stands tall as one of the best times of the year to visit the secluded isle. 

Happy vacationing!

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