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.
A sprawling fragment of the Middle Andaman, Rangat is situated at about 210kms away from the capital city of Port Blair. Originally found in 2006, Rangat has become a major attraction for tourists following the establishment of Baratang island. Right now there are a lot of revenue districts within the fold of Rangat. If questions regarding how to reach cloud your mind, you always have plenty of options available. You can take a government run ferry from Port Blair, or you can avail a speedboat ride. You can also choose to take a bus which leaves daily from Port Blair at regular intervals.
Rangat is characterized by its cultural diversity. It is a microcosm of India in the sense that every second person speaks a different language, belongs to a different place and yet the stay in harmony. Most people who are stationed as a resident of Rangat belong to the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the eastern province of West Bengal.
The people in Rangat are a pretty conscious bunch of people. They are mostly engaged in occupation of fishing or cultivation or hospitality but they are pretty concerned about the environment as well. People in Rangat have always promoted eco-tourism and sustainable development specially in the wake of rising pollution levels. They try and make the tourists informed more and more about the benefits of forests and the ecological balance. The Cuthbert Bay Beach at Rangat Island Andaman, has promoted the use of eco-huts.
If you have exhausted your time at Andaman and yet you want to take a short trip, then Rangat is the place. Mostly used as a transitional hub for the first few years, you can complete the Sightseeing Tour of Rangat Island in a couple of days.
The food is absolutely organically grown so you won’t have any complaints regarding that and the people are warm and helpful. Also because it is a modern town, there are a number of choices available to you as far as food is concerned and rest assured Rangat has one of the best assortments of natural landscapes that any place can offer.
Rangat is a home to the country’s most beautiful beaches and most of them haven’t been even properly explored yet. They are not very well connected because these are virgin beaches but nevertheless most of them are beautiful mystical and vibrant. The Raman Bagheecha Beach is adroit with scenic views, and because of its isolated nature people have started using this as a romantic getaway. The Amkunj Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Islands has an old-school greyish appearance that transcends time. This is one of the more frequented beaches of Andaman and people have used this spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. However, the presence of large submerged boulders makes these activities a dangerous one.
The Cuthbert Bay Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Island is a place that should be talked about more in the grand equation of beaches but unfortunately isn’t. it lets you see the world from a different point of view and makes you realize how insignificant the worldly problems are in the grand scheme of things. The enormity of the skyline and the sea merging together enables you to question the standard of aesthetics that we set for ourselves.
Another impetus of stepping foot onto the beach is to witness the wonderful mirace of creation. During the early months of the year and the last three months of the year, the place becomes a safe haven for turtles laying eggs. The sight of small turtles paddling their way towards the water is sure to lift up your spirits if you are that kind.
Apart from basking in the glory of nature and breathing in fresh air there are other things that you can do as well on the beach. You can tag along with your family for a fun time on the shoreline with some old-fashioned volleyball action. You can carry your camera to capture the essence of nature at its peak glory. Sometimes just a simple act of walking along the shoreline is enough to clear your head. You can also make a swift visit to the much talked about eco-hut.
Many people have resorted to the risk of snorkeling or scuba diving but because of the presence of latent submerged boulders, that wouldn’t be the wisest of things to do. There are other beaches where you can attempt these thing, like the Long Island near Rangat Island Andaman Islands. The other thing that you can do is, to observe life generate from scratch when the Olive Ridley turtles hatch into fully grown creatures.
Visitors have often talked about the fact that beach remains open all throughout the day and how much freedom it gives them to schedule their visit. The length of the beach is perfect for someone contemplating a long walk as you can cover the entire length of the beach in one and a half hours. Some people have complained about how people are charged when they want to witness the nesting sites of turtles. In spite of this one grievance people have often complimented the culture of preservation of the beach. The beach is a part of a huge wildlife sanctuary and promotes the use of bins and discourages trashing of the place.
Rangat is 170kms away from Portblair by sea and 90kms away from Portblair by land. Once you reach the Rangat Bazaar, you can go towards the jetty and then once you have availed the jetty, travel towards Mayabunder. Cuthbert Bay beach is 20kms away from Rangat Bazaar. One can also travel to Mayabunder and Diglipur from here.
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