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  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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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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Snorkeling & Diving on Barren Island

Snorkeling & Diving on Barren Island
Date : 23 May 2023
Categories: Travel Guide

Two friends, Sana and Raj, visited Barren Island, an excellent destination for snorkeling and diving. They hired a professional guide who showed them the best spots and followed safety guidelines. They were amazed by the diversity of marine life - colorful fish, corals, sea turtles, and even a few reef sharks! After a few hours, they took a break on the beach and enjoyed the stunning view. They both agreed that this was one of the most incredible experiences of their lives, and they couldn't wait to return. Like them, you can enjoy snorkeling and diving on the Barren Island.

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Tips for Snorkeling & Diving on Barren Island

Barren Island, situated in the Andaman Sea, is a volcanic island that offers an excellent opportunity for snorkeling and diving. With crystal clear waters and an abundance of marine life, the island provides an unforgettable experience for visitors. You can hire professional guides to navigate the waters safely and show them the best spots to snorkel or dive. You are also encouraged to bring your own equipment, though rental options are available. It's important to follow safety guidelines and respect the environment, as Barren Island is a protected area. With these tips, you can fully enjoy the stunning marine life and natural beauty of Barren Island.

    • Choose the right season:

The best time to visit Barren Island for snorkeling and diving is between November and April due to the favorable weather and sea conditions. During this time, the sea is usually calm, making it easy to navigate and explore the underwater world. The weather is also pleasant with lower humidity levels and comfortable temperatures, providing a more enjoyable experience. Moreover, the water visibility is at its best during this period, allowing for better viewing of the vibrant marine life and coral formations. By choosing the right season, you can make the most of your snorkeling and diving experience on Barren Island and create unforgettable memories.

    • Hire a professional guide:

Hiring a professional guide when snorkeling or diving in Barren Island is highly recommended. A knowledgeable guide can provide valuable information about the local marine life and help ensure your safety in the water. They know the best spots to visit and can take you to areas where you are more likely to see a variety of marine creatures. Additionally, they can provide you with tips on how to properly use your equipment and teach you the best techniques for snorkeling or diving. With their expertise, you can relax and enjoy your underwater adventure without worrying about getting lost or encountering dangerous situations.

    • Bring your own equipment:

If you are an experienced snorkeler or diver, it's a good idea to bring your own equipment to Barren Island. This will ensure that you are comfortable with the gear and that it fits you properly. Additionally, you can be sure that your equipment is in good condition and has been maintained properly. However, if you do not have your own gear, you can rent equipment from the local dive operators. This is a convenient option as they will provide you with all the necessary gear, including fins, masks, and wetsuits. The local dive operators also have trained staff who can assist you with the equipment and ensure that everything fits properly.

    • Be physically prepared:

Snorkeling and diving are physically demanding activities that require a certain level of fitness and comfort in open water. Before embarking on a snorkeling or diving excursion, it is important to ensure that you are in good health and capable of physically engaging in these activities. Swimming in open water requires different skills than swimming in a pool, and it's crucial to be comfortable with the ocean's currents and waves. Additionally, diving may require carrying heavy equipment and swimming against currents, which can be physically challenging. Therefore, it is recommended to undertake some basic physical training beforehand and consult a doctor if you have any concerns about your health or fitness level. Being physically prepared will help you enjoy your snorkeling and diving experience to the fullest and ensure your safety in the water.

    • Follow safety guidelines:

Following safety guidelines is crucial when snorkeling or diving on Barren Island to ensure the safety of both you and marine life. Your guide will provide you with important safety guidelines that you should follow. It is important not to touch or disturb any marine life as it can harm them and also puts you at risk of injury from any defensive actions they may take. Getting too close to corals or other underwater structures can also damage them and harm the ecosystem. By following the safety guidelines, you can enjoy a safe and responsible snorkeling or diving experience while protecting the marine environment.

    • Respect the environment:

Barren Island is a protected area that is home to a diverse range of marine life, and it's important to respect the environment when snorkeling or diving in its waters. Littering or leaving trash behind can harm the delicate ecosystem and endanger the wildlife that inhabits it. Additionally, using harmful chemicals or sunscreen can have a negative impact on the corals and other underwater structures, disrupting the balance of the ecosystem. By respecting the environment, visitors can help preserve the natural beauty of Barren Island for future generations to enjoy, and ensure the continued existence of the diverse marine life that calls it home.

    • Enjoy the experience:

Snorkeling and diving on Barren Island offer a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating underwater world and witness the beauty of marine life. It's important to take your time and fully immerse yourself in the experience, as rushing can cause you to miss out on some amazing sights. Slowly swimming through the clear waters, observing the colorful coral reefs and the variety of marine species can be an unforgettable experience. It's also essential to appreciate and respect the environment, and not disturb marine life or damage the fragile ecosystem.

In conclusion, snorkeling and diving on Barren Island is an exciting and memorable experience that requires preparation, respect for the environment, and following safety guidelines. With the right mindset and professional guidance, visitors can enjoy the beautiful marine life and natural wonders of Barren Island while ensuring the preservation of its delicate ecosystem.

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