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  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Andaman

With beautiful beaches and a lovely landscape, Andaman Islands offer travelers with a one of a kind experience.

Are you looking forward to visiting Andaman but have concerns regarding your trip?

Read on to know the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Andaman.

How do I reach Andaman Island?

The airport at Port Blair is well connected to all major cities of India. Ships are available from Kolkata, Vizag and Chennai but tickets must be booked in advance. Since a 3-day journey is exhausting, prefer flights as they are the more convenient option.

Do Indians need a passport to visit Andaman?

No. Indians do not require a passport to visit Andaman.

What documents are required for foreign nationals traveling to Andaman?

Foreigners are required to carry their passport with a valid Indian visa. Restricted Area Permit will be issued at the airport or port, valid for 30 days, and can be extended for further 15 days upon expiry. There will be no further extensions. You need to go back to any Indian city and board flight again if you wish to explore Andaman.

What is the best time to visit Andaman?

The Andaman is a tropical island. July to September is a rainy season. The best time to visit is from October to May, especially if you are interested in exploring the different water sports offered. The visibility is good and the seas are calmer. But you can expect light showers in November and December.

What is the currency in Andaman? Where should I get my currency exchanged?

Indian rupee is the currency used in Andaman. Always carry cash with you as ATMs are only available at Port Blair and Havelock islands. The facility for exchange of currency is only available in Port Blair. Credit cards are only acceptable in big hotels and resorts.

What are the local transport options in Andaman?

Though you can get rickshaws or auto rides, it is better to hire a prepaid taxi. Taxis are also included in tour packages. There are private and government ferries which take you from Port Blair to other islands. But the ticket is available only at the counter on first come first served basis.

You can hire a bicycle on a daily basis at Port Blair and Havelock. Carry a license and helmet if you wish to hire a bike. There are no petrol stations and the fuel is sold in cans. If on a shoestring budget, you can travel by bus from Port Blair to Northern Andaman. 

What are the food options in Andaman?

Being an island, it is a heaven for seafood lovers. Besides that, a variety of Indian and continental food is also available. Finding vegetarian food in Andaman will not be a hassle.

What kind of clothes to wear in Andaman?

You can wear light cotton clothing, sun dresses, shorts or shirts when sightseeing in Andaman.

Keep hats, caps, sunglasses handy, in order to stay protected under the sun. Bathing suits should be restricted to the beaches only. Dress modestly if you plan to visit any religious place.

How many days are sufficient to tour the Andaman Islands?

In a week long trip you can cover the main attractions and tourists islands on Andaman like Port Blair, Havelock and Neil island. If you wish to explore the various north and south islands then plan for a 10 day trip to Andaman.

What is the language spoken in Andaman?

The official languages of the island are Hindi and English. Bengali is the most common spoken language. You will also find people speaking other languages like Tamil and Malayalam.

How is the nightlife in Andaman?

Sun rises and sets early in the Andaman Islands. Loud parties till the wee hours of the morning are not mainstream in these areas. You may find bars at the hotels and even DJ’s but the avenues will be restricted to Port Blair and Havelock islands.

On the other hand if you are looking for offbeat experiences like spending time with your loved ones in parks, taking a cruise or scuba diving at night then you will not be disappointed.

What are the festivals celebrated in Andaman?

All Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Christmas etc. are celebrated. There are also other festivals like Island tourism festival, Subhash mela, beach festival, music festival, food festival and World Tourism Day that are celebrated with much gusto on the island.

What to do in Port Blair?

Port Blair is a gateway to the beautiful Andaman Islands. If you are interested in history, the cellular jail museum is a must visit. You can enjoy light and sound show here in the evening. Other nearby places of interest are Japanese war bunkers, Chatham Saw Mill, Samudrika Marine Museum, Anthropological Museum, Chidya Tapu, Corbyn Covey Beach, Ross Island, Viper Island, North Bay Island, Jolly Bouy Island, Rutland Island, Barren Island and Red Skin Island.You can also shop for souvenirs in the local bazar at Port Blair.

What can I buy from Andaman?

You can buy local wooden artifacts and handmade decoration pieces made of coconut, Nicobari mats, shell ornaments, sarongs, hats and pearl jewelry. If you are interested in taking back home the cuisine of Andaman then do look for spices at the local markets.

What are the popular beaches of Andaman?

Radhanagar is one of the best beaches of Andman. If you want to enjoy the calm waters and the sunset over the horizon, this is the place to be. Other popular tourist beaches of Andaman include Elephant beach, Kala Pathar, Wandoor, Corbyn’s Cove, Vijayanagar, Sitapur, Kalipur beach in Diglipur and many more.

What kind of adventure activities can I indulge in when at Andaman?

If you are an adventure junkie, then Andaman will live up to your expectations. Boat riding, snorkeling, undersea walk, jet skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, seaplane rides, swimming in the pristine clear waters are some of the activities you can indulge in when in Andaman.

Is traveling to Andaman an expensive affair?

Andaman has a lot to offer for all kinds of travelers. If you are planning on a budget trip then you will find a lot of pocket friendly accommodation options. Do book your flights in advance to save up on those air ticket costs. Cost might add up depending on the type of water sports and activities you partake in.

On the other hand if you are looking for luxury options, Andaman has beach resorts, private island experiences and gourmet food you can relish.

Is it safe to travel to Andaman?

Yes. Andaman’s popularity as a tourist destination has spread all around the world. Tourism police and life guards are available at all major attractions in Andaman.

As a tourist, it is your responsibility to take care of your belongings. Avail locker services available at hotels, resorts and other attractions. Most importantly, adhere to the rules stated by the officials. Do not litter on land or sea. Help protect the marine life at Andaman and keep the place garbage free.

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