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  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • 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 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

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • 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 to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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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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Dew Dale Resort

A brief overview of Baratang Island –

Location – Filled with abundant nature’s bounty and wealth, Baratang Island occupies a strategic spot among the Andaman Islands. It is situated between Middle and South Andaman, at a distance of around 150 km from the capital city, Port Blair.

The untamed, scenic beauty of Baratang Island offers the ultimate spectacle for nature lovers, desiring a sense of adventure. Housing indigenous tribes and culture, it is rich in dense flora and attractive fauna.

Unlike other places in the Andaman archipelago, the top hotels in Baratang Island do not offer luxurious five-star facilities; the place is not a full-fledged tourist spot. Nevertheless, one can experience the rustic and rural charm of one of the most picturesque places in India.

Culture – A visit to Batarang Island occurs through Port Blair; the route passes the protected area for the indigenous Jarawa tribe. These are some of the most ancient tribes in the world. They are reclusive and refrain from maintaining any contact with the outside world.

On account of limited urban development, the culture of Batarang Island is dominated by its characteristic natural wonders. They are formed from ancient marine and coral deposits, which date back to the prehistoric age.

Therefore, Batarang Island can be regarded as the best place to stay in Andaman in order to experience one of the oldest actively existing civilizations in the world today.

  • Major tourist highlights – Batarang Island is home to some of the most exquisite natural and geological marvels today.
  • Mangroves – Travelling from Port Blair, one has to pass through a dense mangrove forest by boat, before arrival at Batarang Island. The boat enters an area surrounded by a canopy of mangroves. However, travelling in the safe areas is the key; saltwater crocodiles inhabit certain specific areas along the mangroves, which are to be avoided. Kindly note that hotels in Andaman are located far away from the mangrove forests.
  • Limestone caves – These date back to the prehistoric era. Cave exploration is a frequent tourist activity. Limestone deposits combine with coral and marine remains, constituting these caves. The stalactites and stalagmites form intricately interesting shapes, resulting in the main attraction here. This is a completely natural phenomenon, and visitors are left awestruck by the beauty and longevity of nature.
  • Mud volcanoes – This is the only home of the mud volcano in South Asia, located at a distance of around 6 kilometres from the resorts in Baratang Island. They are stated to have originated as a consequence of the 2004 tsunami in south-east Asia. There is no involvement of lava. However, these volcanoes are characterized by the spewing of hot molten liquid mud bubbles, containing hydrocarbon gases.
  • Parrot Island – This is an uninhabited part of Baratang Island that serves as the habitat for parrots and parakeets. It offers the most magnificent experience for nature lovers. It is surrounded by beaches and mangroves. A boat ride undertaken from Parrot Island provides the most glorious view of the sea.

Best time to visit Baratang Island –

The best places to stay at Baratang Island offer comfortable accommodation and travel access throughout the year. However, pleasant climate results in the most enjoyable travel experience. Therefore, the best months to visit are from November to February.

These months are identified by calm weather and a tepid sea, considering the Andaman Islands experience south-west monsoon. An ambient environment is offered for nature activities, such as hiking and trekking. The beauty and charm of Baratang Island can be best experienced during these months. Co nsequently, it is advisable to avoid travel during monsoon due to the occurrence of heavy rain and thunderstorm. Please keep in mind that room bookings in Baratang Island are carried out for a single-day visit rather than multiple days, due to lack of proper accommodation.

How to reach Baratang Island –

Baratang Island is isolated in nature. Therefore, authorized entry to the place is obtained by boarding a local ferry. After arrival in Port Blair, a local or private vehicle can be engaged for travel to the nearest jetty, Nilambur jetty. Ferry services are involved in helping in the transportation of tourists and vehicles to Baratang Island. The travel time by ferry is approximately 15 minutes.In case a road trip is preferred, private buses can be engaged from Mohanpura Best Terminal in Port Blair, travelling all the way till the hotels booked in Baratang Island. Additionally, for those desirous of viewing the en-route scenic beauty, private vehicles take an elongated route to reach the jetty. Subsequently, the ferry ride can be taken as normal.

Importance of staying at a good hotel during a vacation –

During a vacation, accommodation is a direct reflection of the associated “enjoyment factor.” In fact, it showcases the travellers’ sense of awareness and the culture-specific to that place.

Smaller hotels and other entities offer a distinct experience compared to larger hotels. If one desires to experience the local culture at Baratang Island, hotels with booked rooms provide a unique and appropriate platform. Socialization and cultural events are highly encouraged in such situations. The development of the area, as well as the travel time, affect the finances for a trip. Most importantly, a good hotel should allow for effective rest and recreation to neutralize the effects of travel exhaustion.

Dew Dale Resort in Baratang Island

Features –

This resort is located strategically from Port Blair airport in terms of accessibility. It proves to be useful for travelling individuals from all walks. This is a 2-star hotel, which seeks to ensure a comfortable stay for guests.

This is one of the foremost hotels in Baratang Island. Facilities offered include luggage storage, valet parking, car park, room service, and garden for recreation. Each room contains a television, telephone, mineral water, balcony, and an attached washroom.

With respect to food availability, an outdoor restaurant serves a variety of global cuisines. Additionally, guests are provided with a taxi service, on-call doctor, laundry, airport shuttle, etc. Simply put, if a hotel room is required to be booked in Baratang Island, look no further than Dew Dale Resort.

Location –

Dew Dale Resort is located in Sundergarh village, Baratang Island, Middle Andaman. It is positioned along the main highway in the island. The idea behind its establishment is to promote the tourism sector. Accordingly, it lies in close proximity to various tourist spots, such as limestone caves (6.5 km), mud volcano (6.8 km), etc. This resort is located in the midst of the green forest cover. Therefore, it allows visitors to avoid the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Please note that Baratang Island has not undergone development; therefore, the Dew Dale resort accepts the responsibility for empowering the rural tourism industry, thus providing employment to the local population.

Tariff rates –

The rate of stay in the hotel room is Rs. 1990 per person per night, and 100% advance payment is required. Children above the age of 6 years are regarded as adults as per the hotel policy. Also, pets are not permitted to reside in the resort. If booking online, kindly confirm the prices and the availability of complimentary meals with the resort before making a purchase. In the event of a power failure affecting the functioning of the air conditioning, geyser, etc., bookings of room in Dew Dale Resort shall not be refunded. Additionally, if a guest checks-in but chooses not to use the room, there shall be no refund.

How to book rooms –

Resort rooms can be booked online. However, kindly confirm the antecedents of the website before initiating the process of purchase. Please verify the amenities available in the room before confirming the booking, for instance, air conditioning, double bed, etc. In the online procedure, please provide the check-in and check-out dates. This will enable the resort to reserve rooms for a specific time period. The check-in time starts from 9 am, and the check-out time is until 8 pm.

As per rules of booking in Dew Dale Resort, please note that check-in and check-out performed outside the designated time slot will result in additional charges.

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