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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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Hotel Payel Garden Bar Mayabunder Island

A Brief Overview of Mayabunder Island

An uncommercial and offbeat holiday destination, Mayabunder Island Andaman Islands lets you find yourself amidst nature. Enchanting beaches with clear waters and a beautiful, undisturbed ecosystem, turtle nesting grounds, bewitching sceneries, this island offers an organic experience, with almost no connectivity to the outside world. Water sports, trekking, scuba diving, snorkelling- the beaches and islands in Mayabunder promise a memorable experience. Covering an area of 37.69 hectares the island allows you to get as close to nature as possible. Lack of tourism infrastructure is a reason why the spot isn’t very famous among tourists but the serene and calm island is an incredibly peaceful and beautiful destination. You can expect a refreshing and calm atmosphere waiting to greet you here!

Location

  • Situated in the northern part of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the island is connected to the mainland, ensuring comfortable accessibility.
  • The island is around 242 km away from Port Blair by road and 136 km away by air. The Andaman Trunk Road connects Mayabunder and Port Blair.
  • Buses and ferries are available to reach the island.

Culture

  • The moment you step on the island, the blend of cultures is apparent. Home to former Burmese tribes, the island has around 3000 people living in the main village. This beautiful island is an agglomeration of ethnicities.
  • Inhabitants from erstwhile Burm, East Pakistan and ex-convicts from the era of British ruled India give this island a unique lifestyle. The people here live a simple life far away from materialism and urbanisation.
  • It’s almost like wrapping nature into a warm hug when you are in Mayabunder.

Major tourist highlights

Karmatang Beach

This blissful beach also nicknamed the turtle’s paradise due to the turtle nesting grounds is a beautiful place to be in with its mesmerising scenery.

Boat ride, water sports and a sight that captures your heart, Karmatang beach in Mayabunder Island Andaman Islands is a must-visit.

Interview Island

Forests full of elephants trumpeting in glory and an absolutely gorgeous scenery with colourful wildlife makes Interview Island a perfect place for enjoying a forest trek. You have to go trekking in Interview Island to make the most of your time in Andaman Island.

The Interview Island Wildlife Sanctuary has a wide variety of animals, birds and plants, and this place is home to alluring flora and fauna.

Avis Island

The Avis Island’s scenic beauty will leave you enchanted, the coconut plantations a sight to watch. The clear water gives you a peek of its marine life, and this place is perfect for spending some relaxing and quality time with your loved ones.

Photographers will have a blast here thanks to the enthralling beauty of the island. Plan a trip to the Avis Island in Mayabunder Island Andaman Islands to enjoy a sunny day to the fullest.

German Jetty

The remains of a jetty built by a German engineer during world war two is a major tourist attraction in Mayabunder.

Austin X

If you are an adventurous person, Austin X Beach at Mayabunder Island AndamanIslands is for you! Scuba diving, pearl hunting, snorkelling and deep sea walking in the pristine waters of this beach is highly recommended.

A nice picnic in the greenery along with mesmerising sights and wildlife can also be enjoyed here.

Famous cuisine of Andaman/ Mayabunder island

Andaman island has a cuisine that reflects the blend of cultures of the people inhabiting the island.

Mouthwatering delicacies full of spices is what your taste buds can expect. The freshest and tastiest cuisine on a tropical island is undoubtedly fresh seafood, and Andaman Island is no different.

Seafood lovers will thoroughly enjoy the food here. A variety of fish, crab and prawns delicacies are delicious and cannot be missed.

Fish Curry, Amritsari Kulcha, Chilli curry, coconut prawn curry, tandoori fish, grilled lobsters are all famous dishes of Mayabunder Island Andaman Islands.

Tips to find the perfect restaurant

  • Apart from doing a little research online regarding the restaurants available in Mayabunder, asking the local people is also a good option. It’s always good to check whether the place you have planned will give you a feel of the culture and cuisine you are looking for.

  • If possible, it’s always advisable to go through the menu of the place before going there so that you know whether the local cuisine you so desperately want to taste is available or not.

  • Checking the ambience and the comfort is important, and so is the location and mood of the restaurant- you are on a trip you want to make memorable, so choosing a restaurant that you will forever remember is advisable.

  • Value for money and good service should also be considered, after all, you don’t want to waste your money on a small portion of a not-so-tasty meal. The decor and feel of the restaurant also matter, but if the food is mouthwatering, it’s okay to compromise slightly on them!

Hotel Payel Garden & Bar

The best dishes

You can enjoy scrumptious seafood at this restaurant and pair it with the best drink on the menu.

Décor

The decor is sober and warm, more like a regular restaurant but it does provide value for money.

Service

Hotel Payel is a decent hotel offering a variety of tasty dishes for you to satisfy your hunger. While the restaurant isn’t too fancy or big, the service is fine.

Experience

The hotel is a simple restaurant that promises quality and delicious food with a comfortable ambience.

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