Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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