From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
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.
Port Blair- the capital city of the most beautiful union territory on India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, boasts of a number of tourist-friendly places that are spellbinding. It is a gorgeous and awe-inspiring city, and taking a pit stop here never disappoints anyone. It promises you clear blue waters, lush greens, rich cultural history, and a lot more. Along with visiting various places in the city, if you have plenty of time for sightseeing, then you can travel to the unexplored attractions and tiny islands nearby Port Blair as well.
You can make the most of your vacation time by visiting the places mentioned in this article.
If you are a lover of heritage, architecture and history lover, then you have to include these four places in your itinerary. Considered highly interesting among travellers, the below-stated places have deeply rooted history.
Port Blair is famous for the historic Cellular Jail that was built by the Britishers in ten years. This was the most dreaded and grueling colonial jail, which was also referred to as Kala Pani. Open to the public as a national memorial, you can see the whole place soaking in the misery and pain of the revolutionaries. Here, you will get a glimpse of India’s struggle for freedom.
Reminiscent of World War II, these relics of the bygone era can be easily spotted across Port Blair tourist places. They attest to the time when a siege on these islands was attempted. A popular place to be visited in Port Blair, these bunkers are situated on the way to Ross Island and Corbyn Cove beach.
This place displays the rustic beauty of the pre-independence days. A well-known wood processor in Asia, the British administration set up the mill in 1883. There are umpteen places to visit in these cluster islands, and Chatham Saw Mill is quite an attraction for all tourists.
Located centrally in the city, this temple offers a religious excursion to its visitors. It is the biggest pilgrim site of the Andaman Islands, which is dedicated to Lord Murugan – the son of Lord Shiva. The temple displays Dravidian architecture at its best. If you want to witness a grand occasion, then you should plan your visit to the temple during festival time. Don’t forget to try the mouthwatering vegetarian or the non-vegetarian platter around the temple complex. Authentic food from different cultures is served there which is surely worth a try if you are a foodie.
This is a village located in the southern region of Andaman Islands that is known for its rubber plantations. It offers stunning views of natural beauty including a stream that flows through the village. The rubber plantation covers an area of 60 acres, and it is the major source of income for the locals. You can learn about the plantation process, from seed to extraction and production level, during your visit to this village.
If you love doing adventurous activities, then this is the perfect place for enjoying different exciting water sports. Here, you will find paddleboats,rowboats, parasailing, speed boats, banana boats, and a lot more. The best time to visit the complex would be summers so that you can enjoy being in the water even more.
Andaman Island is home to many national parks, and Mount Harriet National Park is located at the highest point. The Madhuban Ranges are located in this national park from where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Port Blair from the top of the mountain. The place boasts of an exquisite range of flora and fauna.So you can click pictures and capture the best natural shots.
It’s the time for adventurous expeditions! The aquarium here is home to nearly 350 species of fish and other creatures such as crabs, turtles and sharks. The place is an ideal visit for kids. For a relaxed strolling in the evening, this well-maintained park is worth your visit. Also, the speedboat for North Bay and Ross Island begins from here.
This park is located right in front of the Cellular Jail. You can come here to get some rest after your visit to the jail or while you are waiting for your chance to attend the light and sound show. You can witness the pride of the past in the form of a really good collection of statues of our freedom fighter. Refreshments like green coconuts and tea are sold by vendors there. The park also has a few rides for kids.
Port Blair has a number of options for beach bums who are looking for the best beaches and islands to relax under the sun and laze around. Itsnearby beaches are perfect for a rejuvenating escape that letstravellerssoak in the beauty of Mother Nature.
It is a delight for sun-basking and swimming. One of the most famous beaches in Port Blair, tourists come here for boating, water scooters, and jet skiing as well. It is easily accessible, and you can spend hours here while relaxing, shopping local handicrafts and eating street food.
The majestic twin islands of Ross and Smith are the most stunning attraction in North Island. The islands are connected by a thin fifty-meter long sand bar. On the one side, you can do swimming and on the other side, you can enjoy snorkeling. These untamed virgin beaches are the most picture-perfect ones in Andaman Island.
If you have got more time in hand, then you can also explore the following beaches and islands:
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