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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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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.

How do I reach Andaman Island?

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.

Foods in Andaman
 

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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