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  • 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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Sound & Light Show at Cellular Jail, Port Blair

Sound & Light Show at Cellular Jail, Port Blair
Date : 09 Dec 2021

The Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail is recommended to every tourist who is visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The day you land in Port Blair, the capital city, you can go and visit this popular attraction of the Andamans. Cellular Jail is a national memorial and you must visit this place as it showcases the hardship of our freedom fighters. They had to go through a lot for the independence that we are enjoying today and you should watch this show to get a glimpse. 

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Highlights

After visiting Cellular Jail, you can experience the famous Sound and Light Show here. In this educational show, you will see various artists enacting the life of prisoners when the jail was operational. The show is available in both the languages- Hindi and English. It is a must-watch show when you are in the Andaman Islands as it is pretty good.

Timing of Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail:

  • Hindi show- From 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • English show- From 7:15 pm
  • Jail Museum timings- From 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm. Closed on Mondays

After the Cellular Jail tour, our team will meet you and drop you back to your accommodation. 

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Overview 

The British used the Andaman Islands to exile notorious criminals after the first war of independence. Also known as Kala Pani, the Cellular Jail is the most visited place in Port Blair. It doesn’t need an introduction as it has given the status of a national memorial and stays in every Indian’s heart. If you have booked your Andaman holiday package with Andaman Island Travels, then your whole trip is going to be absolutely smooth. The trip will commence from the hotel or resort where you are staying. Our chauffeur will meet you there and take you to Cellular Jail. After reaching there, you will be given the entry tickets and guided towards the entrance. 

After entering inside, you can explore the whole place including the insides of the cells. Observe the architecture that was well-though of during the construction of the Cellular Jail. The cell of one of the famous freedom fighters Veer Savarkar can also be seen there. You can also hire a guide at an additional cost inside if you want to capture all the crucial details of that era. The charges are usually less than Rs.1000 for a small size group.

Water Sports 

There is no water sport available at Cellular Jail. However, there is Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex nearby and you can try your hand at the following enthralling water activities there:

  • Jet Ski Ride
  • Banana Ride
  • Sofa Ride
  • Parasailing
  • Kayaking
  • Glass Bottom Boat

Nearby hotels

Port Blair hotels have all kinds of rooms available. Well-furnished and beautifully decorated, the rooms offer total comfort to all guests. LED televisions with satellite channels are 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. Some of the accommodations near the Cellular Jail provide multi-cuisine rooftop restaurants as well. A well-stocked bar is also at the roof for guests to enjoy the tropical vibes of Port Blair. 

For the guests travelling on business, there are several hotels that have conference and meeting rooms as well. Along with that, there is free wireless internet connectivity within hotels in both public and in-room hotel areas. Lift facility for rooftop and rooms is available for a comfortable stay. 

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Cellular Jail is a popular attraction in Port Blair for travellers. There are a number of hotels and resorts located nearby. You can pick any one on the basis of your budget and other requirements. Some of the best accommodations 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

Some of the common facilities available at the hotels and resorts are as follows:

  • Car park
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Laundry service
  • Room service
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Television

Nearby eateries

There are a number of places where you will be served scrumptious food nearby the Cellular Jail. Some of the restaurants are mentioned below:

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  • New Lighthouse Residency
  • Annapurna Restaurant
  • Ananda Multi Cuisine Restaurant
  • Rolla Cost Restaurant & Juice center
  • Gagan Restaurant
  • Icy Spicy family Restaurant
  • Sea Food Delight
  • Tandoor
  • Cafe down under
  • TRIO - The family restaurant
  • Bella Bay Dinner Cruise
  • Anju Coco Family Restaurant
  • Rajasthani Dhaba
  • Happy Belly- on wheel restaurant
  • Gem Continental

How to reach

Cellular Jail is a must-visit place in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You will land in Port Blair, the capital city and on the same day, you can visit this national memorial. You can reach Port Blair either by air or by sea. The best option would be the flight as it is faster and more convenient. 

Cellular Jail is located at a distance of nearly nine kilometers and is easily accessible. You can simply reach there by hiring a cab or by taking any local transport like taxi, auto, bus, tuk-tuk rickshaw, or minibus. Two-wheelers and cycles can also be hired easily in Port Blair. However, travelling via a cab is the most recommended option. The jail is well-connected and after visit it, you can also visit other tourist attractions. 

The Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail is one of the most engaging tourist attractions in Port Blair. It tells the story of the painful history of the Indian independence. If you are a history buff and interested in indulging in a heart-moving presentation of our country’s heroic freedom struggle, then it is definitely worth your visit.

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