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.
Spread out over an enormous topography, Rangat Island is a territorial fragment of the famed Middle Andaman island. Stationed at about 210kms away from the capital Port Blair, the island was an accreditation of a vacationing place in 2006. This contributed to the creation of Middle Andaman as a comprehensive vacation spot with Baratang and Diglipur added to the list and Mayabunder as well. If you are wondering as to how to reach the place you can always look it up but Port Blair runs government operated jetty and private speedboat services. There are public buses and private cabs as well.
The culture of the place is a character in itself and demonstrates how people with differences function successfully. The folks of this island are rooted in various cultures and ethnicities from all over India but the more populous groups are those that have settled from Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the South and West Bengal. It has the semblance of the perfect kind of India we envision because of its cultural pluralism. People have educated themselves on the burning topic of conservation which is why there is a boost to eco-tourism in this place.
Residents who had arrived from different linguistic and ethnic communities have adjusted themselves to different callings to empower themselves
Some have taken to fishing, some are engaged in cultivation and farming while others have resorted to feeding tourists and hospitality ventures. Since people hail from diverse places they are conscious about community sentiments and are welcoming. In an effort to reinforce the ideas of ecological balance they have brandished several undertakings which include the Dhaninallah Mangrove nature walkway (seasonal Turtle Breadding) at Rangat Island Andaman Islands.
If you have been an avid traveler and have run out of holiday destinations, Rangat is the place for you. Since it has only been in vogue for the last decade and a half there are a lot of places that you can explore. The serene and lonely beaches have become a haven for couples on a getaway and other sightseeing activities include things that you can do with your family. This being a modern place you can get regional and international cuisine at affordable prices.
Rangat exhibits Middle Andaman’s most pristine and well-kept beaches and even other beaches which haven’t been trodden on by a lot of people yet. If you expect all the beaches to be held up prominently on the map then you will be let down because these are virgin beaches, however all of them are out worldly, alluring and is throbbing with life. The Raman Bagheecha Beach is laced with a scenic surrounding, and its isolated position in Rangat has made this a getaway for partners. The Amkunj Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Islands has an appearance that renders time transfixed. This is one of the more frequented spots of Rangat and it has gained its appeal due to the suitability it provides for snorkeling and scuba diving. As a word of caution, submerged boulders makes these endeavors challenging and unsafe.
Also known as the eco-friendly beach of Rangat, the beach has won plaudits for its mesmerizing coastline. Apart from Moorys Dare, this beach along with Panchavati forms the aesthetic trinity of Rangat. The color of the beach is that of rocks and tar and yet it appears beautiful all day long. Even though it is more populated than the Cuthbert Bay Beach, you will find a strange solace during your visit there. The beach is situated at a distance of 8km from Rangat and is accessible to the public throughout the day.
The water being not too deep you can take a dip in the emerald hue of the waters or you might sit on the beach for a quite hour of contemplation without being disturbed. The coastline would propel you to walk along it as the sun calls it quits for the day. The coastline is so beautiful that it is like a living creature breathing on your shoulder. If you do want to go for snorkeling, then you could but with proper precautions because of the existence of boulder and debris.
If you are into birds and ornithology, then this is just the place for you because this place also lets you sight exotic birds. You can closely see mangroves being lined up as well. The place is close to Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walkway and the Cuthbert Bay beach as well. Travelers should make sure they carry small amount of food because this place is not blessed with shops. Don’t dive in headfirst into the sea because the water is shallow and there are rock linings on the bed. There aren’t many water friendly sports to engage in either and sunblock is essential to avoid sunburns here.
People visiting the Amkunj are often on the way to Diglipur from Port Blair and as such this place has become a respite for travelers as well.
The beach is very close to the Andaman trunk road and is accessible throughout the day. It is barely 100 metres from the main road and once you are on the beach, a 2-3-minute walk will take you closer to the shoreline. There are sit-in facilities available in the form of eco-huts which you can use as well. Most people catch a break here while they are traveling from Port Blair.
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