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.
Diglipurs simplistic dhabas serve out the conventional Indian food, and most travellers dine at their accommodation. The Andaman Islands is famed for its seafood, so if you are a non-vegetarian, that is a must-try. The choices for vegetarian food are also plenty, nevertheless, though finding a pure vegetarian restaurant can be a real challenge. As Diglipur is still an offbeat tourist destination, it mostly has restaurants serving local cuisine. Several eating joints follow the Dhaba, canteen or eat-like-home theme. Here are a few recommendations on where to eat, when in Diglipur.
Located in Aerial Bay Diglipur, Anu Bar & Restaurant, is synonymous with mouth-watering meals that offer some of the most revered cuisines. Owing to its strategic location, the restaurant can cater to a large number of diners at any given time, while satiating their cravings. One of the renowned and sought after restaurants in Diglipur, the restaurant welcomes visitors from 11:00 – 23:00 for a scrumptious meal. Making way for a hearty meal, Anu Bar & Restaurant makes sure one has a memorable experience indulging in delightful cuisine.
Located in the main bazaar in Subhasgram Diglipur, Hira Restaurant is a modest restaurant frequently acknowledged amongst the locals for its delightful and affordable thalis and seafood specialities. The joint is run by a Bengali family, and all meals have a remarkable yet typical Bengali taste to it. For travellers yearning for an unpretentious and homely food, Hira remains operational between 11:00 – 22:00 and is a reliable choice.
Located in Diglipur, Dolphin Restaurant is another restaurant famed for its delicacies. With fishes available fresh at all times, it’s tough to resist seafood on an island. Most of the establishments do a great job with seafood preparations, with Dolphin Restaurant being no exception.
Located in Madhupur Diglipur, The Hangout Restro is one of the exceptional places where one can relish both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The pizza here is scrumptious and must-try!
Located in close proximity to Subhasgram Diglipur, Foodies welcomes guests from 06:00 – 22:00. A multicuisine restaurant famed for its non-vegetarian cuisines, visitors must savour some of their local delicacies.
When in Diglipur, try the thalis at the Bengali restaurant near the canal and the south Indian restaurant opposite the stadium. For more continental cuisine, travellers need to go to Kalipur. The resorts in Kalipur Beach offer diverse north Indian and a small selection of Chinese and Italian cuisines. A bit on the expensive side, these restaurants are the best and the only alternative possible, if local cuisine does not entice you. Additionally, there are a few friendly bars both in Diglipur and Kalipur. Diglipur market offers one of the best varieties of vegetables and fruits on the island. There are shops selling snacks, sweet and salty junk food and other refreshments. Chai and fresh coconut water are staple drinks and can be bought from anywhere near the market.
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