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.
Andaman Island is a group of islands separated by water. Thus, there is no connectivity via road for most islands (except North and Middle Andaman). Ferry service is the backbone of tourism here since it is the lifeline of the island when it comes to conveyance. There are two types of ferries that operate- government ferry and private ferry. You can choose any one as per your convenience and itinerary. Whether you want to travel from Port Blair to Havelock Island, Havelock Island to Neil Island, Neil Island to Port Blair, or anywhere else, these ferries will offer you a great experience along with dropping you at your destination safely.
But the catch is that ferry tickets can get very expensive at the last minute. And sometimes, the tickets are not available at all. Thus, you should make advance bookings so as to avoid any inconvenience. Otherwise, you may get stuck in one place until and unless the tickets are available again.
Havelock and Neil Islands are the topmost attractions in Andamans and both of them are connected with Port Blair, the capital city. There are daily ferry services that transfer travellers between these three places- Port Blair, Havelock Island and Neil Islands. Once you land in Port Blair, then travelling via ferries is the best means to commute between these islands.
There are several private ferries/cruises connecting Port Blair, Havelock Island and Neil Island such as Green Ocean and Makruzz. These private ferries have something different to offer when it comes to royalty and comfort. Green Ocean ferries have an open deck that is liked by anyone who loves the blue ocean view. Makruzz is known for luxurious seating that is preferred by those who like to sit comfortably. Both of them own two vessels each- Makruzz & Makruzz Gold; and Green Ocean and Green Ocean 2. They operate only between the popular circuit islands. Unlike government ferries, the sailing schedule for these vessels is published in advance. Depending upon the class of travel, the ticket prices vary. These vessels start operating from October and you should make sure that you get your tickets booked in advance. Otherwise, it may be a daunting task to get tickets later.
Directorate of Shipping Services (DSS) operates the government ferries that run between Port Blair, Havelock Island, and Neil Island. These also run for many other islands that are not that much popular such as Hut Bay (Little Andaman), Long Island, Mayabunder, Rangat, Strait Island, Campbell Bay, etc. They majorly serve the local islanders and thus, the tickets are sold to them at highly subsidized rates. For the locals, this is the only way to commute. You cannot book its tickets online as they can only be booked by queuing up at the counters. To get these tickets, either you have to contact a local travel agent or stand in line at the counters.
Getting tickets for government ferry for the popular islands in Andaman such as Havelock and Neil Island can be incredibly difficult during the peak season (from October to January). The demand is more than supply during this time. But if you are travelling from Port Blair to Little Andaman, then these ferries sail daily. However, their schedules can change from time to time. So you should check for the updated sailing schedule on the official website. Since the demand isn’t that high, you can easily get tickets to Hut Bay at affordable prices.
An important tip that we want to give all the tourists is that you should always book ferry tickets before confirming accommodations. There have been cases where people have booked hotels but no ferry tickets.
A tropical paradise in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Island is popular for its incredible beaches, rich marine life and lush green cover. It is blessed with nature’s best-kept secrets and thus, it is a perfect destination for an exotic island holiday. The main transit city, Port Blair connects the island with the rest of the world. The airport is located here only in the Andaman group of islands. Its beaches are the best for day tours and different water sports like kayaking, boat rides, jet-skiing, and a lot more.
Andaman Island Travels is there to take care of all your Andaman ferry booking. The local tour operator is the one-stop destination for all your transfer requirements when you are vacationing here. It will book all your ferry tickets instantly so that you don’t have to go through any hassle. Its Andaman ferry booking services for inter-island connectivity in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands would make your trip absolutely smooth. It will provide you confirmed tickets of ferries for destinations like Port Blair to Havelock Island, Neil Island, Ross Island, North Bay, Red Skin, Jolly Buoy, Elephant beach, etc. It is a single platform for all ferry and boat tickets, and confirmed tickets are booked instantly from various ferry operators. Just let its team know your decided dates and destinations. And if you are confused about which ferry would be the best for you, then you can always ask them. The staff would be more than happy to help you in making your Andaman Islands trip an unforgettable one.
You can also rent a private cruise or yacht here. In addition to ferry tickets, you can also book slots for various water activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sea walking, etc. Moreover, the company will also make bookings for your accommodation anywhere on the islands. It is an authorised ferry ticketing company for various tourist destinations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The company will provide unparalleled local expertise and support for all your Andaman tour package requirements. With Andaman Island Travels, be confident that your trip is set. Get ready for the experience!
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