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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 Rangat Island

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. 

How to reach Rangat Island, Andaman Islands?

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- 

  • Taxi 

  • Helicopter 

  • Government ferry 

  • Motorboat 

  • Self-drive cars 

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. 

How to reach Rangat Island by Air?

  • The easiest way to reach the island of colors is via helicopter. Imagine flying over the sea, watching the waves crash, looking at the islands from bird’s view, well, helicopter view is going to be exactly like this. 
  • The ticket costs about Rs 3000/- approx. and you can reach in about or less than an hour. 
  • The prices change according to the demand of customers and season. 
  • If you want to enjoy the beach weather and sparkling clean water, make sure you visit Rangat between May to October. 
  • In case, you are a keen nature seeker, then visit during December and January, when thousands of turtles travel to the seashore for nesting period.

How to reach Rangat Island by road?

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. 

Cabs and Taxis

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. 

Government and private bus

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. 

  • It is suggested that you take the earliest one of them all at 4:30 am. As it takes near to 10 hours to reach the island, it is better to arrive by the afternoon than in the evening. 
  • Government buses due to high demand are quite full and non-airconditioned, but private buses run along, and don’t worry, they provide an air-conditioned environment. 
  • Self-drive cars

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. 

How to reach the Rangat Island by water?

There are two ways to travel via water- Government ferry and your private motorboat. The decision varies from person to person and the budget. 

Government ferry to Rangat Island

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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