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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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Hotel Aashna at Mayabunder Island

Every avid traveller has a penchant for visiting offbeat and uncommercial destinations to check off their bucketlist. Luckily for them, one such place is Mayabunder island, a small tehsil tucked away in the Northern part of Middle Andamans. With mangrove dotted beach shores and crystal clear water tides, Mayabunder island is a must-visit destination for anyone with a penchant for unique experiences.

Location:

Expanded over a modest land area of around 38 acres, Mayabunder island is at a distance of approximately 240 km from Port Blair. The capital city of Andaman & Nicobar is a popular junction of entry and exit for everyone visiting the islands. Geographically, Mayabunder lies between Rangat and Diglipur and has various points of access to and from it.

Culture:

MayabunderIsland is an eco-friendly town, made up of scarcely populated villages which house people from the Burmese tribes, making it one of the most diverse and quaint destinations.

Attractions:

Ranging from pristine beaches, a lush forest terrain to cultural spots, sightseeing in Mayabunder island is spectacular. Interview island, Karmatang beach and Avis island are great for indulging in adrenalin pumping water sports whereas India’s only nesting ground for turtles is also stationed there.

Best Time to Visit Mayabunder Island

The island enjoys a tropical climate is considered a perennial destination for holiday-goers.

A sightseeing tour of Mayabunder island is bound to leave you awestruck, no matter what season you choose to visit. Late October to early May is considered the best time to visit Mayabunder island since it falls in the winter season. It is the most favorable time for island hopping tours, adventure water sports, trekking, diving, and numerous other activities.

MayabunderIsland typically has three seasons, each of which has endearing characteristics. A season-wise temperature in MayabunderIsland is mentioned below so you can decide which one lies within your comfort zone.

* Summer – Ranges from April – June with temperatures soaring between 24°C- 36°C

* Monsoon – Overall pleasant and best visited from July – September with temperatures fluctuating from 23°C – 35°C

* Winter – Most favourable time to visit with tourists flocking in from October – March and enjoying 20°C – 30°C temperatures

How to Reach Mayabunder Island

With numerous access points that start from Port Blair, how to reach Mayabunder island should not be an issue. With some time, budget, and the will to engage in a unique sterling experience, you can reach Mayabunder quite conveniently from the capital city of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Once you make your way to Port Blair, there are various ways to can reach Mayabunder Island.

From Port Blair to Mayabunder, there are different modes of transport that you can choose to take depending on your comfort. You can follow the below-mentioned options:

By Air – For the adventurous hearted, there is a private helicopter service that flies over various islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Taking in a bird’s eye view of these glorious islands is an experience in itself.

In addition to Mayabunder, this service also transports passengers to other famous islands such as Neil island, Havelock, and Diglipur along with a few more as well.

By Water – Ferry services regularly cruise from the Phoenix Bay jetty to Mayabunder port. This facility runs twice a week, namely on Mondays and Fridays, but it is best to check in advance as these services are frequently subject to change. This is the most preferred way to get from Port Blair to Mayabunder.

By Road – A bumpy but scenic road trip from Port Blair to Mayabunder is also a popular way to cover this route. Both private and government-run buses operate on this journey via the famous Andaman Trunk road. Buses operate from 4am – 11am and take 9-10 hours. Private taxis with local drivers are also available for hire.

Importance of Staying at a Good Hotel During a Vacation

It is no secret that when people choose to go on holiday, they want to leave their stresses and issues behind at home. When on vacation, one of the main stress-buster is to stayat a good hotel where you are spoilt silly with various offerings and courteous staff. There are multiple hotels and resorts at Mayabunder island, of which hotel Aashna is one of the best. Some of the amenities it offers its guest include:

* Polite Hospitality – All the bilingual staff, ranging from the reception to the housekeeping employees, are trained to cater to all your needs with a smile on their face. The customer is always right, and you will never have to worry about anything when staying there.

* Cutting-Edge Amenities – The hotel offers all amenities such as a 24/7 front desk, daily housekeeping, laundry facilities, delicious food, and free parking, among others. Complimentary toiletries and en-suite suites add to its charm.

* Ultra comfortable Accommodations – The rooms are tastefully designed with ultra-smooth linens to ensure you get a good night’s beauty sleep. You have the option to choose from various accommodation options as well.

Hotel Aashna at Mayabunder Island

Features:

Hotel Aashna at Mayabunder island is hand-picked by travellers and comes with rave reviews. It has all the attributes mentioned above in addition to other appealing facilities. Despite it not having lifts on the premises, the hotel does cater to people with special needs if informed in advance. The twin and double suites are quirkily designed with glamorous artifacts that further adds to the spruce.

Location:

A quick 11 minutes drive can cover the approximately 5 km distance from Mayabunder jetty to Hotel Aashna. It is conveniently located with accessibility to public transport, which will allow you to take scenic sightseeing tours of Mayabunder island with ease. Run by OYO, you are expected a certain standard of convenience and comfort in terms of accessibility as well as location.

Tariff:

A reasonable tariff rate warrants a good overall hotel experience. Providing different types of accommodations with frills on a medium budget is the most opted kind of hotel travellers choose. Starting at a low price of Rs. 1350 per night, hotel Aashna in Mayabunder island is very budget-friendly. 

How to book:

With numerous e-commerce portals to book from, you can even get a better deal when clocked in during a special offer or discount.

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