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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 Sea And Sand Mayabunder Island

A brief overview of the Mayabunder Island

Mayabunder Island impresses with mesmerising characteristics that will have you praying to the holy trinity of sea, sun and sand. The never-ending ocean enveloping the islet that is pocked with abundantly mighty mangroves and coconut trees will grasp you in its unequalled beauty. For those looking to travel to a heaven-on-earth type of a destination, Mayabunder Island sightseeing spots will leave you worshipping for more.

Location

Mayabunder Island is headquartered into the Northern part of the Middle Andaman island. Not to difficult to get to once you reach Port Blair, you can make that trip from around 6-9 hours depending on what mode of transport you choose. This trip can be made by ferries, a private helicopter service or a simple road trip which is an about 240 kilometres from the capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Expanded over approximately 38 hectares of land and hailing of a population of 3000+ people, Mayabunder island is a must-visit destination for offbeat travellers.

Culture

Little, but larger than life, Mayabunder island is as uncommercial as it is unique. Comprising of a small cluster of eco-friendly villages, the island is not tech-savvy and functions on environmentally friendly practices for the most part. The Burmese tribes – remnants of the British colonial era, still live there. Also famous for another remnant from the same era, the German Jetty in Mayabunder Island attracts a lot of tourists to marvel at its rich historical remains.

Major Tourist Highlights

Tourists visiting Mayabunder island will be spoilt for choice as the place has everything naturally beautiful to showcase including India’s only turtle nesting site! Whether you want to engage in extreme water sports, view some wildlife in its purest form or laze back and be a beach bum, sightseeing tours in Mayabunder will have covered it all. The most visited attractions in Mayabunder includeAvis island, Karmatang beach, Ray hills Interview island and Austin X island. Mayabunder Island is a final frontier for intrepid travellers looking to scratch out the unique destinations off their bucket lists.

Famous Cuisine of Andaman / Mayabunder Island

Any foodie with a penchant to dabble their tastes into an eclectic cuisine, the islands of Andaman and Nicobar will fulfil their quest. They offer a fusion of a variety of different Indian dishes with a twist of the local spices. Food in Mayabunder is influenced quite heavily by the cultures that reside in that region. Made both, locally in homes as well as in various restaurants that cater to tourists, the famous cuisine of Mayabunder will leave you longing for more. Some of the dishes you must try are:

  1. Chicken tikka masala
  2. Barbecued meats
  3. Fish curry
  4. Prawn curry
  5. Khadi crabs

Being a coastal region, the seafood is fresh and meaty with flavourful and aromatic spices that make it finger-licking good. Vegetarians need not worry as the same preparations can be made for non-meat items too.

Tips to Find the Perfect Restaurant

Finding a perfect restaurant is not as easy as it seems, especially when travelling to an unknown place. There are many pros and cons to weigh out when making this decision because one bad item or an unhygienic place can make your stomach go for a toss, ruining that perfectly planned holiday. Below mentioned are some tips to find the perfect restaurant when you are in uncharted territory.

Eat what you see – More often than not, if it smells good, it tastes good. Sometimes, it is ok to go with the flow, and if you see or smell something that you like, chances are, It will be good. Always go for cooked food as opposed to raw items like salads. Things with live counters are safer as you can see what is being made in front of you.

Word of mouth – Local guides, hotel staff and fellow tourists are your best option for recommendations. It is these personal experiences that can help you make an informed decision. Even online reviews can be very informative, and anything over a 3-star rating can be experimented with.

Cleanliness – By far, the most important aspect when choosing a place where your next meal will be at. If you spot dirty dishes, stained table cloths and creepy crawlies around, head for the hills. If they don’t even care to keep the customer section clean, you don’t even want to know what is happening inside the kitchen.

Hotel Sea and Sand in Mayabunder Island

Facilities

Hotel Sea and Sand in Maybunder is a popular choice of accommodations by travellers due to the convenient facilities offered. It is in a great location and a clean place to stay at. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious with attached bathrooms. All the rooms have large windows offering great views of the sea and surrounding landscape. Head on over to the terrace to get mesmerising views of the sunsets while you sip on your cuppa and embrace nature at its finest.

Décor

The humble shack-like appearance can be misleading as the interiors of the restaurant are bright and lavish. Traditionally designed tables and chairs with friendly smiles on the servers’ faces make it homely. Contemporarily designed fenestrations complete the overall look and create a welcoming vibe. Despite the simple décor, the restaurant is clean, and the kitchen staff follows strict hygienic practices.

Service

The multi-cuisine restaurant and bar caters to all their patrons and offers delicious food items, both local as well as continental.

All your meals will be served at this restaurant, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and high tea. The waiters are well informed and ensure that they recommend food items that will please your palette.

Experience

Eating at the restaurant at Hotel Sea and Sand in Mayabunder is a humbling experience. The friendly owners, alertness of the staff and servers along with its affordable price tag, make this restaurant a popular choice to eat their meals amidst guests and locals both. There is even an additional discount for those dining at the restaurant, which is always an added advantage for those looking to travel on a budget-friendly allowance.

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