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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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How to Reach Mayabunder Island

Visually stunning, Mayabunder Island is one of the most scenic and incredible destinationsto visit for a beach soaked heavenly experience. A way-station for numerous tourist spots such as a sea turtle nesting ground, tidal creeks dotted with mangroves along with the stunning beaches at Avis island, and Karmatanag beach, this is a quaint and uncommercial spot to visit. 

Located bang in Northern strata of the Middle Andaman Islands, it is around 240 kilometres away from Port Blair. Mayabunder Island is well connected to the mainland and is easily accessible. Small, yet significantly beautiful, the azures blue skies and enveloping clear blue waters make the sightseeing spots at Mayabunder Island Andaman Islands even more alluring to travellers.

Settled in the British colonial period,Mayabunder Island is sprawled over a land area of 37.69 hectares. The main village has a population of around 3000 people while the number of houses ranges at 800. Also a gram panchayat, this stunning island boasts of some spectacular cultural characteristics such as the German jetty and home to former Burmese tribes.

How to Reach Mayabunder Island

For those looking to disembark upon a unique journey and visit this relatively untouched paradise, getting there is the primary priority. Fortunately, the capital city of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a popular place. It is extremely well-connected to and from all the major cities within India. There are only two ways one can reach Port Blair – by air and by sea.

To Port Blair by Air

To essentially reach Mayabunder Island, one has to get to Port Blair first. Fortunately, it has regular scheduled flights to and from Veer Savarker International Airport. Direct flights from cities such as Delhi, Vizag, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai are the most convenient and take around 2-2.5 hours one way. For other cities, connecting flights are available. This is the fastest and most favourable way to reach the capital city.

To Port Blair by Sea

Government operated ships operate from Chennai, Vizag and Kolkata on scheduled timetables and take around three days to reach. For those not pressed for time, this is an ideal and economical experience. Tickets are easily available online as well as at the shipping service offices in these cities. The ticket booking starts 15 days before departure and ships sail only 1-2 times a week.

There are no rail or road options to reach Port Blair as of now, but several options to reach Mayabunder Island are available once disembarked there. Let us take a look at some popular ways of travelling to Mayabunder Island from Port Blair.

By Road

Once in Port Blair, there are various ways to reach Mayabunder Island.

Connected by buses that run daily from the capital, one can make this journey at their convenience. Usually, these buses start their trip from 4 – 11am and take the Andaman trunk road route. It takes around 9-10 hours one way.

A somewhat bumpy ride that passes a thicket of jungles, it is recommended for those with a tickle bone for adventure. Often, during this road trip, one can spot people of the Jarawa tribe, which is quite a thrill. However, it is strictly illegal to interact with them in any way. It is best left only to wonder upon visually.

The option of government-run buses as well as private ones is available. Either one of the options, as deemed convenient, can be opted for with the drop point being the bus stand at Mayabunder junction. From there, various public and private transport options are at your behest.

Government-run buses have a cheaper ticket price but are non-air-conditioned. In contrast, the private-run buses have a higher price tag. Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned options are available as per the traveller’s preference.

For those looking for a more private travel arrangement, various rental car services and private taxis are available for this journey. Getting to Mayabunder Island Andaman Islands on one of these is a comparatively faster mode of travel. If you get a local driver, it becomes even more desirable as he can guide you towards other sightseeing spots en-route. 

By Water

Considered more comfortable than taking the road journey, the ferry is also one of the modes of transport to reach this pristine tehsil. The Phoenix bay jetty has its ferries running from Port Blair to Diglipur with a stop in Mayabunder. These ferries run bi-weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Still, it is best to check the schedules in advance before making your way there as there can be unpredictable changes sometimes. 

It takes nearly 9 hours one way and can differ depending on weather conditions at the time. For Indian citizens, there is no formality needed during the check-in and check-out, but for foreign nationals, relevant permits such as a visa or passport are mandatory. For those on a leisurely vacation, this is definitely a recommended alternative as it provides a rather distinctive travel experience.

A Combination of Road & Water

To experience the best of both worlds, there is also another way to reach Mayabunder Island, which covers both land as well as water.

The government-operated ferries cruise from Port Blair to Rangat in 5-6 hours. It passes by other must-visit places such as Neil Island and Havelock before it reaches its final destination in Rangat and parks at Yerrata Jetty. From the port, it is very easy to take public buses or even rent cars to head towards Mayabunder Island. This excursion takes a total of 7-8 hours, including the 2 hours trip from Rangat to Mayabunder.

By Air

A Government operated helicopter service runs across the islands of the archipelago everyday. Five choppers travel to Mayabunder in addition to various others within the Andaman Islands. Starting in Port Blair, you can get to Diglipur, Havelock, Rangat, Neil island, and Hut bay in addition to Mayabunder regularly.

It is quite an electrifying escapade, and those who can indulge should take to the skies.

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