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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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Viper Island at Port Blair

Viper Island at Port Blair
Date : 09 Dec 2021

Located in the Andaman Islands, Viper Island belongs to the South Andaman district. It lies four kilometers west of Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. So when you are in Port Blair, include this island in your travel itinerary. It has derived its name from the vessel H.M.S. Viper that was used by Lt. Archibald Blair to come to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1789. It is believed that the vessel met with an accident and its ruins were found near the island. The small Viper Island was the site of the jail that was used by the British to imprison political prisoners and convicts. There are ruins of a gallows over a hillock.

When the Cellular Jail was constructed in 1906, the jail in Viper Island was abandoned. Cellular Jail in Port Blair finds frequent mention when it comes to Andaman and its role in the freedom struggle. However, many years before it was built, the British used the jail in Viper Island to inflict the worst kind of pain and torture on the freedom fighters who strove to bring independence to India from the British rule.

Viper Island belongs to the Port Blair Islands. It lies in the middle of Navy Bay. Along neighboring Port Blair Islands, Viper Island politically is a part of Port Blair Taluk. 

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A gorgeous tourist destination situated near Port Blair’s harbor, Viper Island can be reached in twenty minutes from the Phoenix Bay jetty. The Harbor Cruise is available daily from the jetty. It offers a trip to this secluded island along with an overall view of different points of the harbor. It is frequented by tourists as there are several attractions with historical importance. There is a natural picturesque ambiance that is ideal for mesmerizing picnic spots. Spotted Deer have been sighted in Viper Island.




Viper Island was the location of old jail that was used by the British to keep harbour convicts and political prisoners. Positioned near Port Blair, the island is exceptionally exquisite and tranquil. It is a splendid amalgamation of grandeur of nature and historically significant elements. That is why, this lovely place is swarmed by visitors throughout the year. Therefore, Viper Island is empyrean for both the nature lovers and history bugs.

When you are in Viper Island, you can take a tour of the old jail building. You can also see the main port and navy ships of Port Blair during the boat journey. One more thing to cherish here is the panoramic view of seven points from the harbor. 

Water sports

The Water Sports Complex located near Viper Island is a major attraction among travellers. You can enjoy in a number of exciting water activities whole day. Spend a fun-filled time here and create memorable moments. You can try your hand at the following adventure sports: 

  • Banana boat rides
  • Bumper boats
  • Glass-bottom boats
  • Jet skiing
  • Paddle Boats
  • Parasailing
  • Rowboats
  • Speedboat rides
  • Water cycles
  • Windsurfing

Nearby hotels

There are no accommodations in Viper Island. So you have to book your hotel or resort in Port Blair where you will find a number of options as per your budget. Some of the properties are as follows:

  • Lemon Tree Hotel
  • Sea Shell Coral Cove
  • The North Reef
  • Driftwood Hotel & Resort
  • Hotel Mansha Regency
  • Sinclairs Bay View
  • TSG Emerald View
  • SR Castle 
  • Haywizz
  • Hotel Blue Mmarlin
  • Hotel Megapode Nest
  • TSG Grand
  • Hotel Harriet View Bed & Breakfast
  • Hotel Horizon Hues
  • Hotel AT Villa 


So many tourists make these hotels and resorts their accommodations of choice when visiting Port Blair. They offer an array of amenities to their prestigious guests by providing an ideal mix of value, comfort, and convenience. Along with air-conditioning and free internet, these make your stay more enjoyable with free breakfast and free parking as well. Popular points of interest such as Murugan Temple, Aberdeen Clock Tower, Cellular Jail, Phoenix Bay Jetty, and Jogger’s Park are in close vicinity of these properties. These all are not so far and should be included in your Andaman itinerary as well.

The resorts and hotels in Port Blair offer different types of rooms such as deluxe, suite, family room, etc. All of these are fully furnished and are absolutely comfortable. These are neat and clean and offer all kinds of advanced facilities. The rooms offer a nice city view. Guests are promised a very nice stay here. They feel right at home while spending quality time here. Great accommodation and great services offered at affordable tariffs. 

Port Blair accommodations boast of multi-cuisine in-house restaurants. Indian, Continental, and Chinese cuisines are served here. A wide variety of beverages and drinks are offered at bars at some hotels and resorts.

Some of the commonly available facilities at these properties are mentioned below: 

  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Power Backup
  • Elevator Lift
  • Laundry Service
  • Newspaper
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Dining Area
  • Conference Room


Nearby places to eat

Some of the nearby restaurants where you will be served tasty food are as follows:

  • 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

Viper Island is easily accessible from Port Blair. Ferries are available between Viper Island and Port Blair.


Best time to visit

Viper Island can be visited throughout the year. However, the best time to travel there is between November and February. During these months, the humidity is almost zero and the weather also cools down a bit. 

If you are thinking of travelling to Viper Island, then contact Andaman Island Travels (AIT). This reliable tour and travel company is located in Port Blair, the capital city. It will make all your bookings on your behalf so that you can focus on making the best of your vacation time. 

Happy travelling!

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