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  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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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Alfred Caves


Diglipur is home to a cluster of extraordinary 41 limestone caves, or as it’s rightly called “Alfred Caves”. The unexplored caves were named after the scientist Alfred who discovered them. These isolated caves lie around 20 kilometres southeast of Diglipur and in close vicinity of Ramnagar beach. A some what lesser-known attraction of Andamans, these limestone caves are remarkably similar to the ones in Baratang and are different because of the geography collocation. A trek through the dense jungle leads you to the natural habitats of Swift let birds which nest in these caves. Their edible nests are auctioned after the birds leave the nests and are quite famed in Chinese cuisine and valued in the world. An hour of walking in the wilderness, this incredible yet challenging trek is not meant for the weak-kneed.

Free of cost, same-day permits are available at Ramnagar beach, from where it’s roughly an hour’s guided jungle trek. Hiring a guide is imperative as finding one’s way through the entwined wild trail sis tedious and nearly impossible. Since it is a challenging trek, visitors must wear a pair of good shoes and carry plenty of water. The most suitable time to explore the caves is from October to April, as during monsoon season the path is slippery and unsafe. A den for swift lets and fruit-eating bats, these caves have a rather narrow entrance, making only a few of them accessible to visitors. It is advisable to respect their habitat while also keeping a look out for these creatures, especially bats. One must also refrain from littering or causing any damage to this natural attraction as the forest department takes strict action against the ones that do.

How to reach

Alfred Caves are roughly 300 kilometres from Port Blair and 20 kilometres from Diglipur. Located near Ramnagar Beach, one can board a bus from Diglipur bus stand and get down at Ramnagar, where one can hire a guide to take you to the caves. An hour of walking in the wilderness, this is an incredible and challenging trek.


Alfred caves are a cluster of 41 limestone caves that are a nesting ground for the famed edible swiftlets. After an hour of walking under the sun, in the canopy of the trees, one arrives at the opening of these caves. While entering, visitors must be accompanied by a guide or forest personnel who can guide you inside out in the caves. Exploring Alfred Caves takes up a whole day, so it’s advisable to start early in the morning to ensure a timely return. The opening is quite narrow, with caves appearing small and thin yet elongated. Big caves open into a chain of smaller caves inside which get narrower, thus making several caves inaccessible for humans.

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