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  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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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How to Reach Havelock Island

In this article, we explain how to reach Havelock Island. Located about 57 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you can reach Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep) via sea only. It takes nearly two to three hours to reach Havelock Island from Port Blair. There are frequently available ferries and cruises operating between the two places, and this is the best way to reach Havelock Island. You can choose as per your convenience and budget as both government ferries and private cruises are functional on the island. The ferries leave from Phoenix Bay Wharf.

How to reach Havelock Island

Government Ferries

Lifeline of the Andaman Islands, government ferries cater to the needs of a huge number of passengers for transfer from one island to the other. The tickets of this ferry get sold out fast as it is taken by residents as well as tourists. Its ticket can be booked only a couple of days in advance. One has to book the tickets manually three days before the trip at the STARS counter by standing in a queue if someone wishes to take a government ferry. You can make this booking by contacting Andaman Island Travels. The tour operator will book the tickets on your behalf and you will not be required to stand in a long queue. The seating categories are chairs and seats in these ferries and they have a capacity of up to 145 passengers. 

Private Cruises

This is the best way to reach Havelock Island. For internal transfers to other islands, there are various companies that offer high-speed and spacious cruises in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Tourists mostly prefer private cruises as these are convenient and also, their booking process is easy. Compared to government ferries, these cruises are more comfortable and faster. Their tickets can easily be booked online. But private cruises are costlier compared to government ferries.

The below-mentioned cruises are available in the Andaman Islands:

Makruzz- Introduced in the Andamans, it is the first-ever high-speed luxury catamaran cruise that is dual-hulled. It is fully air-conditioned and very comfortable. There are three categories for guests- Premium, Deluxe, and Royal. More advanced and spacious, these new vessels of the Makruzz fleet operate in various routes for keeping the islands and their people connected.

Green Ocean- Green Ocean is the second most popular cruise. The cruise has an open deck where one can freely move around and have a look at the open seascape during the voyage. It has a catamaran version of it as well. 

Sea Link Cruise- It is the latest cruise to be introduced in the Andaman Islands that has been imported from Singapore. Premium, Business, and Premium Plus are its different categories. 

ITT Majestic- Another high-speed luxury cruise transferring passengers to Swaraj Dweep, this cruise is air-conditioned and has comfortable seats. There are two different categories- Silver and Majesty. Cruises and ferries for Havelock Island are available from Port Blair as well as Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep).

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