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.
Havelock Island, officially known as SwarajDweep is a part of Andaman & Nicobar Islands in India. Synonym to Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Havelock is a prominent island situated nearly 39 kms away from Port Blair-the capital city. Breath of fresh air soothing sights all around instantly cheers up anyone.
Here, one can sit and enjoy beautiful natural views for hours, kids can spend their day playing in the white sand around the water while, the young at heart can indulge in different types of water-based activities like scuba & snorkelling. With such array of activities and diversity, Havelock is liked by people of all age groups & different interests.
Veer Savarkar International Airport (also known as Port Blair Airport) is an international airport situated in Port Blair, capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is well connected with flights to the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore.
After reaching Port Blair, sea-route is the best option to reach any of the islands, including Havelock. It takes around 2 hours to reach here from Port Blair.
Ferries are run by both – Private operators and Government. For a hassle- and stress-free experience one should consider bookings with Private operators.
Government Ferry – It is the most economical and oldest ferry connecting islands of Andaman & Nicobar. Though seats won’t be comfortable as compared to private ferries. However, onboard one can get the chance to explore Captain’s corner, hop on the deck for beautiful views of the vast sea and can gaze the far-fetched skyline.
The points to remember for booking seats include-
Private Ferry Operators – There are couple of private ferry operators from Port Blair to Havelock Island-
The ride is comfortable as compared to Government Ferry. Charges may vary depending upon the seat type and operator you travel with.
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