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.
A part of the middle and the southern part of the Andaman archipelago, the Rangat Island is one such island that is comprised of various linguistic and ethnic groups, dominated mostly by Tamils and Bengalis. Despite apparently being in the middle of nowhere, it is well connected by sea and land routes.
The size of the island amounts to around 1070 sq. km and is mostly comprised of waterfalls, ostensibly maintained beaches under the azure sky and clusters of smaller islands which are unique in their own way.
Over the years, Rangat has developed as a kind of a transitional spot for travellers moving from one place to another within the archipelago. This is one of the prime reasons as to why one is bound to pass through Rangat. People visiting Mayabunder or Long Island will come across Rangat, and once you are in, the beauty of its beaches will take your breath away. Among such famed and decorated beaches is the Ambkunj beach
The district of North and Middle Andaman of which Rangat is a part was carved out in the year 2006 and extends from Baratang to Diglipur. The population of the place is slightly above one lakh according to the last census and is subdivided into Rangat, Diglipur, and Mayabunder. There are more than hundred revenue villages.
The communities that dominate the island are mostly Bengalis and Tamils, and their major source of income is fishing and cultivation.
A testament to the inaccessibility of the culture and language of the island can be found in a book called Book of Wonders which talks about this island being inhabited by wolf-like humanoid creatures. Andaman, in general, has a lot of history because of its antiquated status and endangered languages spoken but given that Rangat was established only more than a decade ago, it is relatively untouched by history.
Over the years, the surreal beauty of the island has led to the establishment of popular tourist attractions. Here are the 8 best places to visit at Rangat Island.
Located at a distance of about 12 km away from Rangat
Olive Ridleys frequent the length of the beach, and Green Sea turtles and as such has become a seasonal breeding ground for those creatures
There are other attractions as well which include an elephant training camp which is popular among tourists
This beach is located 8kms away from Rangat and about a km away from the helipad at Mayabunder.
Given its locational advantage, this is the most visited beach where people come to hang out and sun bask and try their hand at swimming.
The forest department of the place has built many groves and eco-huts and treehouses so that people can have a closer look at the miracle of sea animals and corals during low tide.
One of those natural spots which have managed to preserve itself because of its isolated status.
The closing down of the industries have been a blessing in disguise as it has prevented pollution.
Major tourist attraction includes a visit to Lalaji Bay Beach or a trip to Guitar island from Long Island Andaman Island.
These are the things you can do if you want a Sightseeing Tour of Rangat Island.
People curious about how to reach the place needn’t fret too much, given its locational advantage, you can avail ferries from Havelock, Neil, and Long Island or those who are into speed boats, they can avail one for themselves. The government runs speedboat services for four-five days and week, and the journey duration is approximately five hours. one can easily avail the bus service from Port Blair as well, but it will take the best part of six hours. Brisk boat rides might take you through the Yerrata Creek, and you will land up at Yerrata jetty. There are also auto-rickshaws and bus services that are available.
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