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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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Best Restaurants at Port Blair

Port Blair, the capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, is home to people from different parts of India. The town is frequently visited by travellers from all over the world. The place has seen people from all walks of life and this is best echoed in the kind of food served in the Andamans. There are a number of places where you can enjoy a good meal. If you are planning a vacation on this exotic island, then knowing the best restaurants in Port Blair will come in handy. It comprises luxurious as well as budget restaurants in Port Blair to suit all requirements.

Best Restaurants and Food Outlets in Port Blair

Golden Dragon

Run by a family, this Chinese restaurant is popular among locals and divers. If you want to savor the authentic cuisine of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, then this is the right place. The staff is very friendly here and it will engage you in innumerable stories from the past. An average meal for two costs less than one thousand rupees at Golden Dragon.

Annapurna Restaurant

Counted among the budget restaurants in Port Blair, Annapurna Restaurant is a pure vegetarian south Indian restaurant. It is a popular and most preferred place to eat in the capital city. Reminiscent of a high-school cafeteria, it serves pure vegetarian meals rustling up delicious South Indian favorites and rich North Indian–style curries. Try its wholesome dosas, vadas, uttapams, and so much more.

Amaya

If you want to enjoy a mouth-watering meal at a nice ambiance in Port Blair, then this place should be your one-stop destination. It is a lovely rooftop lounge overlooking the ocean. This luxurious restaurant is perfect for you if you are looking for a romantic candlelight dinner with your better half or want to spend some quality time with your family or friends. It is one of the best restaurants in Port Blair owing to its delectable seafood and exotic beverages. An average meal for two costs nearly Rs. 1500.

Located amid palmtops, this sophisticated and breezy rooftop lounge has a sleek bar, high-season live music, an open-plan kitchen, and gorgeous views of Ross Island (renamed to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep). The elegantly prepared dishes range from fish tikka to spicy paneer satay.

New Lighthouse Restaurant

This restaurant in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is popular for serving delicious fish, crab, and lobster. It is an open-air restaurant and guests can enjoy cool breeze with a stunning view of the sea. Located a little ahead of Marina Park, an average meal for two people costs nearly one thousand rupees here. At this unadorned favorite in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, grilled, steamed, or barbecued fresh seafood is the specialty. Its impressive globetrotting menu also includes punchy vegetarian and prawn biryani. There is a terrace that gets busy from evening onwards.

Icy Spicy

This budget restaurant in Port Blair is not less than a paradise for vegetarians. It serves the best sweets, chaats, and north Indian cuisine. Both locals and travellers, love this place hidden in a basement. One of the best places to eat in Port Blair, an average meal for two people costs nearly Rs.500 here.

Icy Spicy doesn’t look so fancy from the outside but it is a busy, pure vegetarian restaurant. Its tasty thalis, North Indian gravies, biryanis, and sugar-free goodies from the upstairs bakery attract visiting tourists.

Happy Belly

The Andamans’ first food truck, Happy Belly is the place where you should be going if you are a serious foodie. Here, you can eat scrumptious and hygienic continental food without burning a hole in your pocket. Enjoy lip-smacking food while grooving to the Punjabi music played at the food truck. Counted among the best budget restaurants in Port Blair, an average meal for two costs around Rs.500 here.

Gagan Restaurant

This low-key Bengali hole-in-the-wall serves the best food at affordable prices. This locally loved budget restaurant in Port Blair serves excellent crab curries, paneer, and Nicobari fish in different exciting versions. The place also serves samosas. Its owners also run the nearby restaurant Ananda.

Ananda

The family team behind the well-known Gagan Restaurant runs this restaurant as well. The restaurant offers a wide variety of South Indian breakfasts, North Indian vegetarian, chicken, mutton, seafood curries, and rice and noodle stir-fries.

Bayview

This relaxing place in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is right on the water at Sinclairs Bayview Hotel. It is the perfect restaurant for an unhurried meal, alluring Indian-international selection, and amazing sea views. Try spiced prawns, paneer masala, and white-wine lobster to satisfy your taste palate.

Excel Restaurant

Counted among the best restaurants in Port Blair, Excel Restaurant is an atmospheric bamboo restaurant atop Lalaji Bay View Guesthouse. Bringing a Havelock-style menu to the capital city, it serves delectable grilled fish, burgers, momos (Tibetan dumplings), and much more. If you are looking for a peaceful social place to hang out with friends over a couple of drinks, then this is your best bet.

Brewberrys

This contemporary, wi-fi-equipped hangout café is two kilometers south of the city centre. The perfect tone for brownies, espresso, and French-press coffee is set by its chocolate-brown décor. Its well-executed wraps, pastas, and other snacks are ideal for your hunger pangs.

Below mentioned is a list of places we also recommend as the best restaurants in Port Blair:

  • Hotel Kattabomman- For the complete worth of your money
  • The Love Garden- Extra points for natural ambiance
  • Nico Bar- For a relaxed evening
  • Pronto Bistro- Perfect for family lunch
  • Rola Costa Restaurant & Juice Center- For healthy juices
  • Sea Food Delight- The best seafood
  • Tandoor- North Indian dishes also available
  • Cafe Down Under- Perfect spot for friends
  • TRIO - The family restaurant- Feel the Majestic Ambience
  • Bella Bay Dinner Cruise- Food on the cruise
  • Anju Coco Family Restaurant- Perfect for big families
  • Rajasthani Dhaba- For authentic Rajasthani cuisine
  • Gem Continental- For delightful food

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