News Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • 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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Zoological Survey of India Museum at Port Blair

Zoological Survey of India Museum at Port Blair
Date : 11 Dec 2021

Located in Port Blair (the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Zoological Survey of India Museum is a popular museum that houses the specimens of marine wildlife that are rare to be found anywhere else in India. Some of the most amazing things to see there include species of exotic creatures such as corals, whales, anemones, starfish, etc. These are live as well remnants like skeletons and fossils in some cases. The experts have obtained these species from nearby water bodies such as the Bay of Bengal. These are curated by them as per the scientific criteria of the administrative institution. The museum is popular among academics, scientists, laymen, and tourists.

There are guides available and they can contribute towards the essence of your tour. Hiring one will be a good idea and you can do so at varying rates. Their fee is chargeable based on time. Listen to your guide carefully and try to learn from them. Moreover, there are locals as well who can become your guide and impart the best knowledge. This way, you will get to gather so much new information.

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Highlights

What sets the Zoological Survey of India Museum apart from other museums is the display of wonderful butterflies, beetles, mammals, and birds. Right from the size of mustard to ones that are 5 centimeters long, you can see beetles of all sizes here. The bird section here is incredible. There are stuffed specimens of parakeets, hawks, etc. When it comes to marine specimens, you will have a lot to see at the Zoological Survey of India Museum. The displays are well-labeled and are complete with genetic and species names. The museum gives you are sneak-peek into the assorted animals and plants that the island is home to. Although open throughout the year, the best time to visit the museum is from November to April. In general, it is the preferable time to travel to the Andaman Islands. 

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Visitor information

  • Zoological Survey of India Museum is famous for natural beauty as well as wildlife collection. 
  • There is no entrance fee. 
  • Visiting time is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days of the week except Sundays. On Sundays, it is open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Around two-three hours are required to see the whole place.

Traveller tips

  • Carry water bottle and sunglasses with you.
  • Do not cause any pollution.
  • Carrying camera inside is not allowed. Therefore, no photography or filming can be done.
  • Pets are also not allowed inside in the museum.

Things to do

  • You will find a lot to learn about the habitats, lifestyles, and importance of each of the species to human life.
  • If you are seeking seclusion, natural beauty, and peaceful ambience, then you can go to the nearby beaches.
  • Indulge in exciting water sports at nearby beaches.
  • You can browse the exclusively built nearby shopping complexes. 

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Nearby attractions

When you are free from the Zoological Survey of India Museum, then you visit nearby tourist attractions. Some of the most popular ones are as follows:

  • Cellular Jail
  • Samudrika Marine Museum
  • Fisheries Museum
  • Andaman Teal House
  • Jolly Buoy Island
  • Chidiya Tapu
  • Ross Island
  • Corbyn’s Cove Beach
  • North Bay Island
  • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

Nearby hotels

There are a number of good hotels that are located near the Zoological Survey of India Museum. One can book a hotel at Foreshore Road, Aberdeen Bazaar, Junglighat, Goal Ghar, Middle Point, Dollygunj, or Phoenix Bay. If you choose to stay anywhere in these locations, then you will have the option to go out and explore the place locally. However, the hotel tariff is on a higher-end here. Properties in the capital town cater to all kinds of requirements. Whether you are on a budget trip or a luxury holiday, the hotels and resorts here are perfect for you. 

The tariff varies between peak and low depending on the tourist seasons. Make your booking in advance as the prices may shoot up during peak season and the best properties may get full quite soon. Below-mentioned is a fair idea of the accommodation tariff in Port Blair:

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

Some of the best hotels and resorts nearby the Zoological Survey of India Museum are as follows:

  • Hotel Kavitha Regent
  • Hotel Rhishabh
  • Hotel TSG Emerald View
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
  • J Hotel 
  • Hotel Aparupa
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Peerless Sarovar Portico
  • The North Reef
  • Hotel Silver Spring
  • Hotel TSG Grand
  • Hotel SR Castle
  • Hotel Luxor Grand
  • Sea Shell Resorts
  • ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
  • Keys Select Hotel Aqua Green
  • Sea Princess Beach Resort

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Nearby eateries 

You can have a delicious meal at any of these restaurants that are nearby the Zoological Survey of India Museum:

  • New Lighthouse Residency
  • Annapurna Restaurant
  • Ananda Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
  • Rola Costa Restaurant & Juice Center
  • Gagan Restaurant
  • Icy Spicy family Restaurant
  • Sea Food Delight
  • Cafe Down Under
  • TRIO - The family restaurant
  • Bella Bay Dinner Cruise 
  • Anju Coco Family Restaurant 
  • Rajasthani Dhaba
  • Happy Belly
  • Gem Continental

Best time to visit

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be visited throughout the year. However, the place does get quite hot in the summer season owing to its tropical climate. The monsoon is a bit risky season and it also prevents proper underwater viewing. The winter season is the best time to visit the Zoological Survey of India Museum, i.e., the months from November to April.

How to reach

You can reach Port Blair by air or sea. The capital town is connected to major Indian cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai. By sea, there are voyages from Chennai, Vizag. You can take a taxi to the Zoological Survey of India Museum once you reach the Andamans. It will take nearly half an hour to reach.

Address: 11 Horticulture, Road, Haddo, Port Blair- 744102, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Contact number: +91-3192237582; +91-3192230115

For any travel query about your Andaman trip, contact Andaman Island Travels.

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