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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • 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 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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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About Port Blair

Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, serves as the entry point for visiting the Indian union territory in the Bay of Bengal. It is connected with the mainland via both- sea and air. From mainland India, you can reach Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar International Airport by air in just two-three hours. From Haddo Wharf in Port Blair, it takes three to four days by sea to reach Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, or Chennai. Port Blair is famous for various museums, monuments of historical importance, as well as small islands such as Corbyn’s Cove, Ross Island, Wandoor, Viper Island, etc. These were home to British colonists. While vacationing in the Andaman Islands, it is a great place to spend a couple of days.

We present the ultimate Port Blair travel & tourism guide so that you have a fair idea of what to see and do here.

Top Things to do in Port Blair

A majority of people visit Port Blair as a port of transit to other islands, but the capital town has its own charm that should be witnessed at least once. Ranging from water sports to historical museums, this city has something for everyone.

Know about the Indian history at Cellular Jail

Also known as Kala Pani, this place has been a crucial part of the history of the Andaman Islands. Prominent freedom fighters like Veer Savarkar, Yogendra Shukla, Batukeshwar Dutt, Babarao Savarkar, etc. were kept inmates at this prison. When you visit Cellular Jail, don’t miss the light and sound show (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).

Entry ticket: Rs 30, Photo Camera: Rs 25, Video Camera: Rs 100

Timings: 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm

Light and sound show: Rs 50

Timings: 5.15 pm, 6.20 pm, 7.25 pm, and 8.30 pm

Unwind at Corbyn’s Cove Beach

This beach is counted among the busiest beaches in the Andaman Islands. Surrounded by lush greenery, Corbyn’s Cove Beach is located nearly eight kilometers right outside of Port Blair. The whole route to reach there is quite scenic. Water sports like jet ski, etc. make it a sought-after destination among tourists. You can enjoy a refreshing drink with your travel companions at a café facing the beach. The area is dotted with benches to sit where you can unwind after a long day. This beach will give you the much-needed tropical vibes in the Andaman Islands.

Visit Samudrika Naval Marine Museum

A perfect combo of modern and historical Andamans, visiting this museum is counted among the top things to do in Port Blair. As you enter the museum, the skeleton of a giant blue whale welcomes you. Ranging from parrotfish to the rare species of corals and stonefish, an aquarium here is home to fish of all sizes and shapes. If you love buying souvenirs while travelling, then there is a gift shop on your way back from where you can buy lovely things for your loved ones.

Enjoy dinner at a cruise

Our Port Blair travel & tourism guide is incomplete without this. In Port Blair, you can savor a mouth-watering meal on a lovely and luxurious cruise. If you want to spend a fun evening with your close ones or a special someone while listening to some live music, then this is a highly recommended thing to do in Port Blair. Imagine a cool sea breeze brushing your hair while you enjoy the live performance of a Nicobar band, right under the clear sky! Isn’t it dreamlike? This experience is surely going to give you the memories of a lifetime.

Relax at Qua Spa

After a long day of sightseeing, rejuvenating your senses at this spa in Port Blair is a great idea. This lavish spa offers excellent services and thus, complete worth for your money. The Balinese massage at Qua Spa is a must! Plan your session accordingly as it operates from 11 am to 9 pm.

Indulge in shopping

For all shopaholic travellers, Port Blair is a great place to indulge in shopping, especially souvenirs. The main roads are dotted with small shops that sell trendy accessories made of bamboo, seashells, and the local mahua wood. Don’t forget to visit Sagarika, which is the biggest government-run handicraft store in the Andaman Islands.

Try your hand at adventurous water sports

Andaman Island is the hub of exciting water activities. When holidaying here, you have to include water sports like parasailing, jet skiing, boating, etc. in your travel itinerary. You can also enjoy a glass bottom boat ride. It is a ride on a luxury speedboat that is perfect for families. If you want to witness the rich and colorful marine world without getting inside the water, then this is what you should be doing in Port Blair.

Get clicked by a professional photographer

Of course, you click beautiful photographs but hiring an expert to capture your wonderful moments will definitely be worth your time and money. Port Blair is a tourist hotspot and has a number of stunning locations. Your well-planned photo shoot with your partner here will be a great addition to your island vacation.

Recharge yourself at a yoga studio

If you are a yoga fan and don’t want to miss your sessions even when you are holidaying, then dead to Myoho Yoga Studio in Port Blair. The experienced yoga instructors conduct incredible sessions on a rooftop amidst the splendor of natural beauty. After your session, you can have some refreshing tea and healthy snacks.

Where to Stay in Port Blair?

Along with top things to do in Port Blair, we also present below the best hotels and resorts in our Port Blair travel & tourism guide:

1-Star

  • Hotel Kavitha Regent
  • Hotel Shreesh
  • Hotel Rhishabh

2-Star

  • Sun Sea Resort
  • Hotel TSG Emerald View
  • Hotel NK International
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
  • otel 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

4-Star

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

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