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.
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
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
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.
Every traveler’s dream is to find new places, roam around on the beaches barefoot, and a scenic beauty to gaze all day. Well, Rangat Island, Andamans is all in one.
Situated amidst the Bay of Bengal, the picturesque Rangat Island is the second largest town in Andamans.
From dense forests to pristine clear blue water, a vivid coral life, and seasonal waterfalls, Rangat Island at Andamans has much more to offer than we can even imagine. So, pack on your bags, add Rangat to your To do things in Andamans list, and travel on.
Situated 210 km away from the capital city of Port Blair, and 70 km from another unique tourist attraction Mayabunder, the town of Rangat can be reached in five ways-
The choice of movement depends on person to person, if you want some privacy, hire your car or take a taxi. If you aren’t in a mood to drive or travel in a car, take a helicopter ride, quick and easy, or even a motorboat. But, just like any other traveler, you want to feel the welcoming Andamanese culture, take a government ferry that is cheap, easy, and time-saving.
There are a few ways to reach the second largest town of Andamans by road, but at the same time is time-consuming none the less.
One can hire a taxi from Port Blair and travel up to the Rangat Island. It would be one time-consuming process but none the less, traveling midst the dense forests, alongside the ocean, make up for the tedious journey.
Want the local feel with a cost-friendly budget? Then go on, catch a bus to Rangat from the bus terminus in Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair. It would take 10 hours to reach the unique and rare tourist location.
What’s better to drive at your own pace, stopping and clicking pictures at every picturesque location, nothing right? Well, at many location and places, you can find self-drive car rental shops.
Make sure to check all papers, licenses, and do click pictures of your car beforehand.
There are two ways to travel via water- Government ferry and your private motorboat. The decision varies from person to person and the budget.
The cost of tickets to the government licensed ferry is Rs 300/- and has to be bought at Port Blair only.
You can catch the ferry from Marine jetty, Port Blair, and you would reach Rangat Island in about four hours.
Motorboat- If you are in a group, or love privacy, then hire a motorboat. Traveling and jumping along the waves, you would reach the island in less than four hours.
Famous for its golden sand beaches, seasonal waterfall, and water sports, various beaches at Rangat offers you an opportunity to be among the very first to enjoy the rare beauty of this island. But remember, respect the culture and the environment. Do not litter or throw items; it is home to millions of marine animals and indigenous tribes.
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