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  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • 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 on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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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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Geography of Mayabunder Island

Introduction to Mayabunder Island

Mayabunder is a major tourist centre and is part of the breath taking Andaman islands. This island is the perfect tourist destination for tourists who want to live with nature and love beaches.

The island offers a host of amenities, historical sites, trekking trails and other water sports like jet-skiing, snorkelling and other adventures that will keep you busy and entertained. Mayabunder is a place you come to for peace, quiet and meditation.

This is a preferred place for visitors who want to have some sun and fun and loosen up on the expansive beaches with white sand and shimmering waves. As per 2001 figure, this island had a population of approximately 24000 inhabitants.

Where is Mayabunder Island located?

Mayabunder is a town in the northern part of Middle Andaman island. The area is sparsely populated and consists of a few villages. The locals speak Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Telegu these places offer offbeat experiences to tourists, adventure and sport 

Overview of the Andaman Islands

The palm-lined beautiful Andaman Islands are jewels in the Bay of Bengal. The island is still untouched by modernization and boasts of virgin beaches.

The islands have swaying palm trees, mangroves and tropical rain forests. The waters surrounding the islands have jaw-dropping coral reefs that support marine life like sharks, stingrays and a whole lot of other exotic species of fishes. Some parts are Inhabited by tribes that are still primitive and are hostile to any outsiders.

These areas are strictly off-limits for anyone. Visitors are not permitted to visit islands that are habitats of the islander, Among the tribes the Sentinelese are considered as very aggressive towards outsiders.

Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman Islands. In the mid-20th century, the British abandoned their administration Headquarters on Ross island after the earthquake hit the area. The British authorities imprisoned Indian freedom fighters during the freedom struggle. It is Port Blair and is now a national memorial for the freedom fighters

The history of Andamans is mostly of colonisation. The islands were used as a penal colony from 1858 up to 1945. The British had possession of these islands and built a prison complex to house Indian freedom fighters. However, the Japanese captured these islands during the second world war. These islands were later taken over by the government of India and designated it as a Union territory with a governor as an administrator.

Andaman offers a host of activities and adventure sports which include :

  • Glass boat ride and Dolphin watching

  • Sea walking in North Bay island

  • Scuba diving in Havelock island

  • Mangrove kayaking experience

  • Trekking with a tour guide

  • Snorkelling

Geography of the Andaman Islands

The Andamans are a picturesque group of islands surrounded by white sand beaches and shimmering ocean. It is situated in the Indian Archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Andaman comprises of 572 islands out of which only 37 islands are habitable. Only a few islands are open to tourists. The ingenious people live in remote islands, and entry is restricted

Tourists require permission which is available at the immigration desk at the point of entry. The permit is valid for touring south Andaman, Middle Andaman, Little Andaman, Neil Island, Havelock Island, Long Island, Diglipur, Baratang, North Passage, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and some other areas and islands designated by the authorities. It also covers day halts at South Cinque Island, Ross Island, Narcondum Island, Interview Island, Brother Island, Sister Island and Barren Island. 

These permissions are valid for 30 days. However, it can be extended for 15 days.

Andaman has different types of accommodation to suit different pockets. It also has plenty of restaurants, café and other eating outlets that offer a wide range of cuisines to cater to every palate.

Geography of MayabunderIsland

Mayabunder is located in the northern part of middle Andamans. It is 242 km by road and 136 km by ferry from Port Blair. The most frequent question by tourist is how to reach Mayabander Island Andaman Islands, which is in the middle of an ocean. The island is accessible by regular air service, boat and air charter service. The air services are from Chennai Bengaluru and Kolkata. The entry point is the Port Blair jetty or the airport.

Sightseeing Spots at Mayabander Island includes the following:

  • Avis Island Mayabander Island Andaman Islands

  • Karmatanag Beach at Mayabander Island Andaman Islands

  • German Jetty Mayabander Island

  • Ray hills Mayabander Island

  • AustinX Beach at Mayabander Island Andaman Islands

  • Interview Island at Mayabander Island Andaman Islands

Tour operators conduct sightseeing tours of Mayabander Island. Many packages are available to suit the tourist needs.

Why should you visit Mayabunder Island?

What makes MayabunderIsland a “must-see” tourist destination. Here are some of the reasons that will convince you to come to Mayabunder

Mayabunder Island Andaman Islands enjoy a warm tropical climate with sunshine most of the year. Tourists prefer to come here between December and April to avoid the torrential rains between May and October. During the tourist seasons, a lot of cultural events are held at different locations in the islands.

The locals in this place are friendly, and most of them have a fairly good knowledge of spoken English, so communicating with the locals won’t be a hassle.

The islands celebrate quite a few events,and tourists are encouraged to join in the fun and merriment. One of the main events is the “Island Tourism Festival” which is usually held in January. Local dancers and musicians perform for the tourist while the food stalls and fairground rides entertain the tourists.

Another major event is the Hindu festival “Diwali – the Festival of Lights” that is celebrated with the houses lit with coloured lights that creates a magical atmosphere.

It has the best water activities in India, which include banana boats, glass-bottom boat and much more. If you are a land person, you can go on one of the several trekking tours or go on a safari. There are several activities for the children as well.

There is no shortageof hotels and resorts at Mayabander Island Andaman Islands. Accommodation is available for all types of tourists. There are hostels and dorms for backpack tourists, budget travellers as well as students. Upmarket starred hotels are also available all over the islands.

Visit this pristine island and have a memorable holiday with your family or friends.

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