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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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FAQ's for Baratang Island

Where is Baratang Island located?

Ans. Baratang Island is a part of the Andaman Islands and is located 150 km (93 miles) north of Port Blair. It is among the main islands of the Great Andaman Chain, which is a closely set archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

What is the Administrative district of Baratang Island?

Ans. The Baratang Island comes under the North and Middle Andaman administrative district.

How big is Baratang Island?

Ans. The Baratang Island is spread over an expanse of 242.6 square kilometres (93.7 sq mi).

What are the neighboring attractions of Baratang Island?

Ans. The Baratang Island has South Andaman to its southern side and the Middle Andaman to its north. The islands coming under the Ritchie’s Archipelago lie 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) to the east of this island. The Port Blair and Baratang Island distance is around 45 kilometres (28 mi). This capital of the Indian Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands lies near to the southern tip of Baratang Island.

Can one reach Baratang Island through a flight?

Ans. One cannot directly reach Baratang Island through a flight. The nearest airport to the Baratang Island is the Veer Savarkar International Airport of the Port Blair city. This airport is situated at a distance of around 104 km from the Baratang Island. Frequent flights from Indian metro cities land at this airport.

Does Baratang Island have another name?

Ans. Yes. Baratang Island is also called Ranchiwalas Island due to its history.

What is the history of Baratang Island?

Ans. Political upheaval was experienced in the city of Ranchi sometime near the 19th century. A number of locals subsequently sought refuge by opting to convert themselves to Christianity with the missionaries’ assistance. After realizing the prospects of the forests present at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the British sent these converts to the Baratang Island in order to cultivate crops. These Ranchi laborers went on to settle down at Baratang Island and created a brand new life for themselves.

What are the key attractions of Baratang Island?

Ans. The popular sightseeing spots in Baratang Island include beaches, mangrove creeks, limestone caves, as well as mud volcanoes.

What would be the ideal span for a holiday trip to Baratang Island?

Ans. The Baratang Island is considered to be a perfect one-day trip destination, especially for the ones who come for a long holiday tour at the Andaman Islands. People can typically stay at the Baratang Island for a couple of days in order to explore its virgin beaches, enjoy bird watching opportunities, get a chance to witness the rural way of life prevalent in the region, as well as try out a host of authentic Indian dishes.

Why must holiday goers visit Baratang Island?

Ans. Making Baratang Island tour bookings and visiting this holiday destination would be a perfect idea for a nature explorer or a wildlife fan. This island is filled with an abundance of nature’s untouched beauty, which differentiates it from the more commercialized regions of the Andaman Islands.

How to reach Baratang Island from Port Blair?

Ans. One cannot directly reach Baratang Island through a flight. The nearest airport to the Baratang Island is the Veer Savarkar International Airport of the Port Blair city. This airport is situated at a distance of around 104 km from the Baratang Island. Frequent flights from Indian metro cities land at this airport.

Does Baratang Island have another name?

Ans. Yes. Baratang Island is also called Ranchiwalas Island due to its history.

What is the history of Baratang Island?

Ans. Political upheaval was experienced in the city of Ranchi sometime near the 19th century. A number of locals subsequently sought refuge by opting to convert themselves to Christianity with the missionaries’ assistance. After realizing the prospects of the forests present at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the British sent these converts to the Baratang Island in order to cultivate crops. These Ranchi laborers went on to settle down at Baratang Island and created a brand new life for themselves.

How to reach Baratang Island from Port Blair?

Ans. The easiest way to reach the Baratang island from Port Blair would be to hire a private car or to a private AC bus ( in case of Baratang Island group tours). Taking a government bus from Port Blair would be the most prudent option for the ones looking for a more reasonably priced travel method. Two-wheelers are not allowed to go all the way to Baratang Island. The vacationers shall have to travel through the ‘Andaman Trunk Road’ (ATR), and subsequently, take a ferry to Baratang Island. It takes around four hours to reach Baratang Island from Port Blair.

What are the methods of commuting within the Baratang islands?

Ans. Here are some of the ways through which the vacationers may commute within Baratang islands:

  1. Private Jeeps:As of 2016, these jeeps charged around Rs 100 per person or Rs 400 per vehicle to the vacationers to major sightseeing spots in the Baratang Island like the Mud Volcano from the Baratang Jetty.
  2. Government Bus: While these buses can take the vacationers to the diverse attractions, it is vital to ask about their exact timing beforehand, as they only give only a few rides per day
  3. Private Cars: While this is the most expensive option to commute within the Baratang Island, it also is the most convenient one.

What are the best places to see in Baratang Island?

Ans. The Baratang Island features a plethora of glorious natural sights, as well as diverse wildlife. Some of the best places to see at Baratang Island include:

  1. The Limestone Caves that are characterized by their distinctive stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations.
  2. The famous Mud Volcano of Baratang Island. It in fact is the only mud volcano in India.
  3. The pristine beach of the Baratang Island. Its beach is typically not very crowded, and hence the vacationers can even get the chance to enjoy a relaxing swim there, all by themselves.

What are the top things to do at Baratang Island?

Ans. The Baratang Island is characterized by its gorgeous natural sights, and hence going on hikes or treks here would be a great idea for the travelers. They can also get some interesting bird watching opportunities here. Going on boat rides through the mangrove-fringed creeks and canals of the Baratang Island is another experience that can prove to be extremely exciting for the travelers. The Limestone Caves, Limestone Caves and Parrot Island are some of the top highlights that one must check out when exploring the sightseeing spots in Baratang Island.

Is there any good place to eat out on Baratang Island?

Ans. Yes. There are multiple restaurants at Baratang Island where the vacationers can enjoy delectable delicacies. There are a few food stalls and small eateries are dotted around the Nilambur jetty here as well and tend to largely serve South-Indian and Bengali dishes. Common snacks, refreshments and tea would be available on almost every corner of the Baratang Island.

Are there any good hotels in Baratang Island?

Ans. Yes. There are multiple hotels and resorts in Baratang Island where the vacationers may book their stay in.

What are the emergency contacts for Baratang Island?

Ans. The emergency numbers for the Baratang Island are Baratang Hospital: 03192-279533, as well as the Baratang police station: 03192-279503.

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