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.
Positioned between 6° and 14° North Latitude and 92° and 94° East Longitude, lie the zenith of an engulfed mountain sierras, and the glorious Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Forming a nearly 800-kilometre arc between Myanmar and Indonesia, the islands have the Andaman Sea to their east and the Bay of Bengal to their west. Far closer to foreign lands than to the Indian mainland, the islands have been home to indigenous communities who ardently dodged communication with outsiders until the late 20th century.
The Andamans consist of more than 300 islands, while 19 islands make up the Nicobars. North, Middle and South Andamans are cumulatively called Great Andaman, and Havelock Island blissfully lies in the southern province. One of the largest islands of the archipelago, Havelock Island spreads across a vast area of 92.2 square kilometres. Roughly lying at a distance of 70-kilometre north-east of the capital city Port Blair, the only way to reach the island is via sea route. There are five villages on the island, namely Govinda Nagar, Radha Nagar, Bejoy Nagar, Shyam Nagar and Krishna Nagar.
The limestone, sandstone and rocks formed during the past 65 million years, contribute to the rough terrain of Andamans, owing to the scarcity of perennial rivers and flatland. At the elevation of 1,197 feet, Mount Harriet is the highest point in South Andaman. Havelock Island has a relatively low population density, which thus enables tourism to flourish. Indigenous tribes inhabit remote islands and are mostly off-limits to tourists. The island experiences tropical weather with sea breezes regularly moderating the climate. The average temperature ranges from 23 °C to about 30 °C. The territory welcomes southwest monsoon which usually brings 120 inches of annual rain and whirls from May through September.
Reputed for their palm-lined white-sandy beaches, plush mangroves and tropical rainforests, Andamans has a diverse and vibrant marine life. Definitely, the most popular of the Andaman archipelago, Havelock island, being one of the best sites for scuba diving, is an all-embracing gateway to see life underwater. With miles of astounding coastline, transcendent beaches and surreal nature, the terrain in Havelock island also provides plenty of trekking opportunities. A walking expedition is the most rewarding way to explore the island, owing to its size and geographical location.
Endowed with a bounty of beaches, spectacular coral reefs, and rich forest cover, Havelock is also an eco-tourism hub. There are seven beaches identified in Havelock which are referred to by their number rather than their names. While Beach number 1 is adjacent to the jetty, Beach number 7, i.e. Radhanagar Beach is the most popular beach of the lot. Andaman receives nearly 200,000 visitors each year, and the numbers keep growing with time. Being part of the most popular tourist trail, i.e. Port Blair-Havelock Island-Neil Island triangle, Havelock is totally worth it. We welcome you to discover Havelock, one of the beautiful gems floating in the Indian waters, unique for its mosaic vistas, vivid colours, mahua trees, vast coasts and tropical climate.
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