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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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BOAT RIDES

Mayabunder Island: A General Overview

Mayabunder Islands has it all to help one break free from the hustle-bustle of city life. This small settlement interspersed with lovely orange plantations and mangrove-plantation-fringed-bays makes it the perfect destination to rewind with loved ones.

Location

Located in the northern part of Middle Andaman Island, visiting this place sometime around November to march offers an ideal opportunity to marvel at the sea turtle nests in this turquoise-watered islet.

Even though it is not an island that people throng to, it has its own gems to speak of. A Machan’s picnic in the dense natural woods is a timeless experience one cannot miss. Get your dose of thrill with snorkelling, surf riding and sailing in its tropical ambience.

Mayabunder Island has jetty passenger steams to ferry tourists from the Indian mainland.

A one-day journey is all it takes to visit this town in the northern part of Middle Andaman Island. 242 km from Port Blair and 3 hours from Rangat, how to go to Mayabunder Island never got easier with the convenience of bus, ferry and private cab options.

A state-operated bus is the cheapest option available. A ten-hour journey from Port Blair allows one to pass through the scenic beauty of the Jarawa Reserves.

Non/AC buses going through Andaman grand trunk road to Aberdeen Bus Depot in Mayabunder Junction capture high demand every day as it costs just fifty rupees.

Only one state-run bus at 5:30 AM daily makes it necessary to book in advance for a hassle-free journey.

If you want to savour the thick tropical forests of this beautiful island, bus journeys are for you.

Revel in an air-conditioned journey with private A/C buses.

Set out for a 10-hour journey on a 4:30 AM bus by pre-booking seats. As online bookings are not available, purchasing tickets at reservation offices across Port Blair town doesn’t take much time.

A direct ferry from port Blair to Mayabunder Island takes just 3 hours. Since this service is available only once a week, it’s a tad unreliable for quick visitors. If you are looking forward to taking your own sweet time on this island, ferry rides offer an excellent opportunity to savour its turquoise waters.

Private cabs ensure time-saving journeys. Tourists who are on fixed schedules can avail these services. Explore the tourism hotspots of this island without the need of rushing to bus ticket counters. Private cabs are always at your service whenever you need it. Online booking facilities makes getting one way easier.

Being a laid-back island, a small handful of hotels and resorts at Mayabunder Island is at your disposal. Aashna, Blue Bird resort and Sea n Sand resorts can be relied upon visits to this town. Accommodation prices are subject to availability.

Culture

Even though English, Hindi and Tamil are the official languages, you can hear people speaking in Bengali in every nook and cranny of Mayabunder Island.

The various sightseeing spots at Mayabunder Island cash a major portion of tourism revenues. Nestled in the midst of mangrove swamps, the inhabitants mainly rely on farming and fishing for their daily bread. Burmese inhabitants and the Karen tribes housing the pristine vicinities of this island add a dewdrop of magic to its historical significance

Key Attractions

The sightseeing spots at Mayabunder Island never fall short in keeping you on your toes throughout your journey.

Coconut trees sprinkled here and there- Avis Island remains faithful to its name “Coconut Island”. If you’re looking for a place to bring some sanity to your mind, a tiny beach with beautiful corals is at your disposal.

On the outskirts of Mayabunder town is Rampur beach- a testament to the ruins of a German jetty. A 30 minute drive from Danapur Junction leads you to this beach perched amidst slices of mangrove vegetation.

A one hour ferry from Mayabunder Jetty is all it takes to reach Stewart Island. This 7.05 km square island is ideal for snorkelling. The mud volcanoes of this island add depth of beatific volume to the sightseeing spots in Mayabunder Island.

The ‘Turtle Paradise’ of Andaman, Karmatanag beach in Mayabunder islands is a sumptuous delight for green lovers. A plethora of eco-friendly sit-outs perched amidst the mangrove line creeks makes it all the more necessary to set your foot in this place. Olivey Ridley turtles and lagoon cruises offer a timeless value to this place.

A 3-hour fibre boat journey from Mayabunder Jetty- Interview Island is home to British-era gigantic elephants. The caves in the western part of this island pour bountiful freshwater, replenishing its evergreen vegetation. Navigating through semi evergreen and littoral patches- trekking at Interview Island brings you close to palm civets and white-bellied swiftlets. Its blue seas tinged with shades of green makes it impossible to not gape at.

Challenge yourself to daunting trekking escapades in Austin X islands. If you see deer perched near the waters, don’t stop yourself from indulging in their presence. The lush green mangroves in this area will no doubt tempt one to go on picnics with loved ones. Snorkelling, scuba diving, you name it, Austin X has it all to cater to your fancies.

In Ray Hills, one cannot miss the elephant rides in the curvaceous paths of this mangrove-lined eco village. A 15 minute drive from Mayabunder, there has been various efforts to sustain its subtle eco-diversity. Its hilly terrains make trekking expeditions all the more thrilling.

Why try out boat rides?

There’s more to Mayabunder than hammock-sitting in its calm beaches. Steamboat rides and Dunghi Journeys allow you the opportunity to paddle through the crystal-clear waters in utter bliss any time of the year except storm-ravaging July. With sparse tourist traffic on this island, the price range for these rides is somewhere around 1-12.5$.

Boat ride at Mayabandar Island:

Karmatang Island: Experience the sublime beauty of peering at colourful corals and fishes splashing around in the waters. A 12 km ride from Mayabunder, escape into the thick mangrove brooks with steamboat rides.

Avis Island: A 22-minute Dunghi ride from the Mayabunder Jetty will course you through towering coconut plantations spread across every direction in Avis Island.

Interview Island: A 3-hour dongi ride amidst mangrove swamps and sky-blue waters is an experience to relish.

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