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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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Traveling the Andaman Islands by Charter Boat: 10 Essential Tips for Booking and Planning Your Trip

Traveling the Andaman Islands by Charter Boat: 10 Essential Tips for Booking and Planning Your Trip
Date : 23 May 2023
Categories: Travel Guide

Sailing through the turquoise waters of the Andaman Islands on a luxurious charter boat is a journey like no other. With secluded coves, lush forests, and vibrant marine life, the Andaman Islands offer a stunning backdrop to your adventure. However, to truly enjoy this experience, planning is key. From selecting the right boat to packing essentials and respecting the environment, attention to detail is essential for a smooth and memorable trip. Take the time to plan, and you'll be rewarded with a journey that will stay with you forever.

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Navigating the Andaman Seas: Essential Tips for a Memorable Experience

Shantam had always dreamed of exploring the Andaman Islands, and they finally had the chance to do so by booking a charter boat. They carefully planned their itinerary, choosing the islands they wanted to visit and the activities they wanted to do. They chose a boat with plenty of space and luxurious amenities, and a knowledgeable crew who would ensure their safety and enjoyment. As they sailed from island to island, Shantam felt a sense of freedom and adventure they had never experienced before. The Andaman Islands had captured their heart, and they knew they would be back again soon. Just like them, you can follow the following tips to have a great experience.

Choose the right boat: The boat you choose will be your home away from home for the duration of your trip, so it's important to choose wisely. Whether you're looking for a luxurious yacht or a more budget-friendly option, consider the size of the boat, the number of cabins, and the amenities. Do you want a spacious deck for lounging and sunbathing, or do you prioritize comfortable sleeping arrangements? And don't forget about the crew - a knowledgeable and experienced crew can make all the difference in your trip, ensuring your safety and enjoyment every step of the way.

Plan your itinerary: Think of planning your itinerary as creating a roadmap for your adventure. It's important to do your research and have a clear idea of the islands you want to explore and the activities you want to do. Consider the time you want to spend at each location and the distance between each island to determine the best route for your trip. By planning your itinerary in advance, you'll ensure that you make the most of your time in the Andaman Islands and have a truly unforgettable experience.

Consider the weather: The Andaman Islands are a tropical paradise, with year-round warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. However, the weather can be unpredictable, with occasional monsoon rains and strong winds. To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip, it's important to plan your trip during the right season. The best time to visit is between November and April when the weather is dry and pleasant. During this time, you can expect clear blue skies, calm waters, and perfect beach weather. So, pack your bags and head to the Andaman Islands during this time for a magical experience in paradise!

Book in advance: Booking a charter boat in advance is crucial to securing your ideal vessel and dates of travel. As one of the world's most sought-after travel destinations, the Andaman Islands can experience a high volume of visitors during peak season. By booking ahead, you'll have a better selection of boats to choose from, and you can ensure that you don't miss out on the opportunity to explore this tropical paradise. Plus, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your trip is locked in, and you can focus on planning your itinerary and packing your bags. So, don't wait until the last minute - book your Andaman Islands charter boat adventure today!

Check the crew's qualifications: Choosing the right boat crew is essential for a safe and enjoyable trip. The captain should hold the necessary qualifications and licenses required to operate the boat, while the engineer should be skilled in maintaining and repairing the vessel's systems. In addition, the crew should have a good understanding of the local waters and any potential hazards, such as changing weather conditions and hidden reefs. By ensuring that the crew members are properly qualified, you can have peace of mind knowing that you're in capable hands and that your safety is their top priority. Don't hesitate to ask for their credentials before booking your trip.

Understand the costs: Understanding the costs of booking a charter boat is crucial to ensure that you have a stress-free and enjoyable trip. The costs can vary depending on the type of boat, the size of the crew, the itinerary, and the season. Make sure to do your research and ask for a detailed breakdown of all the costs before booking. You don't want to be hit with unexpected expenses during your trip. Plan your budget accordingly and factor in extra money for any additional activities or expenses that may arise. By understanding the costs upfront, you can relax and enjoy your trip without worrying about any financial surprises.

Pack appropriately: When you're packing for your trip to the Andaman Islands, it's important to consider the hot and humid tropical climate. You'll want to pack lightweight, breathable clothing that will keep you cool and comfortable in the heat. Additionally, don't forget to bring sunscreen to protect your skin from the strong tropical sun, and insect repellent to ward off pesky bugs. It's also a good idea to bring any other essentials you may need, such as a hat, sunglasses, or a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. With the right packing list, you'll be ready for any adventure the Andaman Islands have to offer.

Preserving the Beauty of the Andaman Islands: A Reminder for Responsible Travel

As you explore the Andaman Islands on your charter boat, it's essential to remember that you are a guest in a delicate and precious ecosystem. By respecting the environment and following safety guidelines, you can help preserve the natural beauty of this remarkable destination for generations to come. So, pack your bags, book your boat, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure. With the right planning, you're sure to have an incredible trip filled with unforgettable memories and breathtaking sights.

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