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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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Wandoor Beach & Mahatma Gandhi National Park at Port Blair

Wandoor Beach & Mahatma Gandhi National Park at Port Blair
Date : 11 Dec 2021

Wandoor Beach and Mahatma Gandhi National Park is popular among tourists visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands owing to a number of reasons. People interested in sightseeing, adventure sports, boating, educational tourism, photography, historic significance, trekking, experience seeking and wandering, and wildlife spotting are fascinated by its splendor. If you want to gather more knowledge, then there are guides available in the national park who will make you aware about Wandoor.

Visiting there is very economical as well. For taking the forest entry permit, you have to spend Rs. 50 per person and for your camera, another Rs. 50. You can visit Mahatma Gandhi National Park between 6 AM and 6 PM to get a breath of fresh air amidst gorgeous views. It is closed on Mondays. To see the whole place, you will need at least two to three hours. However, it complete depends on your interest and taste.

  • Location: SH8, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – Open 24 Hours. Closed on Mondays
  • Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indian citizens and INR 500 for foreigners

Our Package

Highlights

Mahatma Gandhi National Park consists of various islands namely:

  • Alexandra Island
  • Bell Island
  • Boat Island
  • Chester Island
  • Grub Island
  • Hobday Island
  • Jolly Buoy Island
  • Malay Island
  • Pluto Island
  • Red Skin Island
  • Riflemen Island
  • Rutland Island (parts of the island)
  • Snob Island
  • Tarmugli Island
  • Twins Island

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Entry tickets and charges

  • Indians: Rs. 50
  • Indian children: Rs. 25
  • Foreigners: Rs. 500
  • Camera fee: Rs. 25
  • Boat ticket: Rs. 500 to Rs. 750

Overview 

Nearly 30 kilometers away from all noise and chaos of Port Blair (the capital city), a small village known as Wandoor is located at the southern apex of South Andaman. It doesn’t have many shops or accommodations for tourists but it is home to blue and pristine beaches along its stretch. For the preservation of oceanic existence, coral reefs, flora, and fauna, a cluster of nearly seventeen islands and open sea creeks around Wandoor are delegated as a little national park. 

Things to do

  • If you an adrenaline junkie, then don’t forget to try your hand at snorkeling here, which is an amazing water sport. Moreover, you don’t need to know swimming to be able to do that.
  • You can spend most of your time here by boating on the clear and pristine waters and exploring the cluster of islands.
  • Trekking opportunities are also available in nearby areas.
  • By taking prior permission, island camping can also be done. 
  • The most popular adventure activity that you should not miss here at any cost is scuba diving. 
  • Nesting sea turtles can also be spotted at the island if you have visited in the right season. 
  • Learn in detail about the beautiful coral reefs and the tropical forests here.
  • Take a ride on a glass-bottom boat and explore the delicate and stunning coral reefs. It is going to be an unforgettable experience for sure. 
  • One can indulge in several exciting activities here. You can try your hand at snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat ride. 

Nearby hotels

There is a forest rest house in Wandoor that has four suits. But it is suggested that you book your stay in Port Blair as the capital town has a number of accommodations that will suit every budget as well. Some of the best properties in Port Blair are as follows:

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1-Star

  • Hotel Kavitha Regent
  • Hotel Shreesh
  • Hotel Rhishabh

2-Star

  • Sun Sea Resort
  • Hotel TSG Emerald View
  • Hotel NK International
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
  • Hotel Blue Sea
  • J Hotel 
  • Hotel Blue Mmarlin

3-Star

  • Hotel Aparupa
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Peerless Sarovar Portico
  • The North Reef
  • Hotel Silver Spring
  • Hotel TSG Grand
  • Hotel SR Castle
  • Hotel Luxor Grand

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4-Star

  • Sea Shell Resorts
  • ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
  • Keys Select Hotel Aqua Green
  • Sea Princess Beach Resort

The tariff is mentioned below:

  • Low Budget- INR 500- 3000 (per night)
  • Mid-range- INR 4000- 8000 (per night)
  • Premium stays- INR 9000- 12000 (per night)

If you are confused about your stay in the Andaman Islands and are looking for the best hotels, then let Andaman Island Travels help you in finding the perfect accommodation as it shares the list of the best hotels on the islands. Selecting an accommodation is one of the major concerns of every tourist when they plan a vacation anywhere. Even expert travellers look for such a property where they can feel safety and comfort. In the Andaman and Nicobar Islands also, there are a huge number of resorts and hotels and thus, you may get confused while deciding where to book your stay that is within your budget as well. If you are looking to book budget resorts in Andaman, then we must tell you that AIT often takes recommendations from its known people who have been to that specific property. 

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If you are travelling to this gorgeous union territory of India, then Andaman Island Travels will help you with the best beach resorts in Andaman & Nicobar Islands as staying at a beachfront property is a must-do here. It has covered the best hotels in Andaman across its top destinations that include Port Blair, Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep), Baratang Island, Rangat, Mayabunder, and Diglipur. The list has been compiled after taking into consideration a number of parameters like location, amenities, and distance from the beach (if any), to mention a few.

Best time to visit

The most pleasant months for the travellers coming down to Wandoor are from November and May. So book your itinerary accordingly. However, you should avoid this period if you are willing to visit Jolly Buoy Island.

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How to reach

A well-paved and scenic road connects Wandoor Beach and Port Blair. One can take a government bus or a private bus from Aberdeen Market Bus Stand to reach there. These buses are available at frequent intervals (usually at every half an hour). The fare is about Rs. 20 per person and you will reach your destination in nearly one and a half hours.

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