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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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Beaches in Neil Island

Places to visit in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)

With rich bio-diversity, pristine beaches, azure waters, tropical green forest, vegetation, coral reefs, sunsets, sunrises and simple local markets, Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) qualifies to be called a paradise. Though tiny in the area compared to Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) and Port Blair, it has so much to be explored and, most of it is untouched.

Sitapur Beach

Located at the tip of the Neil Island, hosting limestone formation, greenery, white sand, long stretch and crystal clear waters, this beach renders utmost beauty. If you have the love for sunrises then, Sitapur Beach should be on top of your wish list. The view of the sun rising from the sea is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Neil Island. The high tides add more charm to the beauty of this place which also makes it unsafe for swimming. So, head to Sitapur Beach, witness the sunrise, rest a while and head to Bharatpur Beach if you wish to swim.

Bharatpur Beach

Nearest to the Neil Jetty, Bharatpur Beach is famous for coral viewing, swimming and adventure water sports. The other beaches are rocky and have high tides but, Bharatpur Beach in Neil Island is the only beach where you will spot swimmers have some fun in the water. Most importantly, if there is a place where you can witness the magic of the underwater world, then it is in Bharatpur Beach. Scuba diving, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat ride, banana boat ride, Jet Ski and speed boat are a few water sports activities you can attempt here under the guidance of certified instructors. To experience the best of the Bharatpur beach, you have to get up a little early and walk up to the beach to indulge in your favorite water sports.

Laxmanpur Beach

Where Sitapur Beach boasts sunrise, Lakshmanpur Beach offers the best sunset. Mostly deserted, the beach suddenly gets crowded a few minutes before the sunset. The sun paints the sky orange and then, slowly emerges into the water, leaving everyone in awe. With white sand, dead corals around and long stretch, this beach is a perfect place for evening walks with your loved one or a bunch of friends. Since sunset draws people to this beach, you should reach little early to witness the silence and for some sunbathing.

Natural Rock Formation/ Howarah Bridge

When you visit here, you may mostly find photographers capturing the beauty of this place. Locally known as Howrah Bridge, this natural rock formation is a result of dead corals and seawater dissolving the ridges of rocks in Laxmanpur Beach 2. The natural rock formation is the best wonder of Neil Island. If you are lucky to visit the bridge during low tide, you may find turtles, urchins, fishes and corals at the pond near the natural rock formation.

Sir Hugh Rose Island

A wildlife sanctuary with turtle nesting ground, Sir Hugh Rose Island is a tiny island at the southern tip of Neil Island and is called as ‘Chhota Neil’ by the islanders. If you manage to get the permit from the forest department then, you are only a few kilometres away from some wildlife adventure on a scenic island. You can visit Sir Hugh Rose Island after relaxing a bit in Sitapur Beach as they both aren’t far away from each other.

Ramnagar Beach

If you yearn for some shade while enjoying the bright sun, sky blue waters and white sand, the Ramnagar Beach is the destination you should stop at. It does not only have a laidback vibe like other beaches on Neil island but has beautiful resorts from where you can enjoy the amazing beach view throughout the day. Also, the beach is mostly popular amongst islanders and hardly registers any footfall, which makes this beach worth visiting to spend some peaceful time.

Neil Kendra

Sprawling around a large area between Bharatpur beach and Laxmanpur beach, this is the main market on Neil Island. Standing here, you get to see an arc-shaped view of the beach which is not possible to witness from any other corner of this beautiful island. Apart from enjoying the best view, you can also meet locals and learn about its culture more authentic way.

If you plan your visit to Neil Island and have a stress-free vacation, we at Andaman Islands Travels Pvt.Ltd. are at your service to help you with bookings.

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