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.
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
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.
Located in the beautiful Island of Andaman & Nicobar, Mayabunder Island is home to gorgeous Mangrove creeks and blissful beaches with clear waters and volcanic sands awaiting to greet people. Serene and naturally enchanting, Mayubandar Island Andaman Island is an uncommercial and offbeat holiday destination, giving tourists a chance to soak into nature, disconnecting themselves completely from the outside world. Sprawled over an area of 37.69 hectares, enchanting sights, cultural characteristics like the German Jetty and an undisturbed ecosystem make this place a must-visit holiday destination. There are several good hotels and resorts at Mayabunder island that enhance the overall experience and make it even more memorable!
The mesmerising Island of Mayabunder is located in the northern part of Andaman island, around 242 km away from Port Blair and connected by the Andaman Trunk Road.
Although the Island is remotely located, it is accessible thanks to the connectivity with the mainland. Approximately 136 km away from Port Blair by air, if you are wondering how to reach Mayabunder, buses and ferries are available to reach the Island from Port Blair.
Government and private buses are available from Port Blair to reach Mayabunder, and this is a reliable option since the frequency of the ferry is only once a week.
The people of Mayabunder Island lead a simple life away from materialism and urbanisation. With almost no telecom and internet networks, the life in this Island is organic and raw.
Inhabitants from erstwhile Burma, East Pakistan and ex-convicts from the era of British ruled India provide a blend of cultures in this beautiful place.
The unique lifestyle of the Karens, natives to this region, reflects their 90-year-old history in this Island. The moment you step into this Island, jaw-dropping visuals and shores dotted with mangroves greet you.
Home to a host of rare and exotic species, Interview Island, is a beautiful sightseeing spot in Mayabunder. Attractive flora and fauna, colourful wildlife, clear waters that give a glimpse of the pretty marine life and witnessing elephants trumpeting in the thick forests while trekking, this Island is a fun-filled destination, especially for the ones who love having adventures. The Interview Island Sanctuary was formed in 1985 to protect 80-90 feral elephants brought to the Island from the mainland for timber works but subsequently abandoned.
How to get there?
This alluring Island is accessible from Mayabunder Island. You need first to reach Mayabunder from Port Blair and then go to Interview Island. While it is located around 20 km away from Mayabunder, it is 141 km away from Port Blair.
There is no road connectivity to and from Interview Island. One can take the ferry from Mayabunder for reaching this place. The ride takes around 3 hours.
A trip to interview Island is a one day plan as tourists are not allowed to stay there. Additionally, permission from the chief wildlife warden is required for visiting Interview Island at Mayabunder Island Andaman Islands.
The jungle trek along the Island is a once in a lifetime opportunity for adventure lovers. Amidst the wild elephants, the greenery and the balmy breeze is hidden a memorable and joyful experience.
For bird lovers, this place is heaven. You will love spotting the beautiful birds in the forests.
The colourful wildlife and gorgeous flora and fauna make for a fantastic place for photography.
The mesmerising scenic beauty will forever be engraved in your memory. This Island promises a raw experience, extremely close to nature.
The wildlife sanctuary at interview island stretches over 99 square km and consists of rare animals and plants along with mangroves, marshlands and semi-evergreen forests. Spotted deer, three-striped palm squirrel, Andaman woodpecker, white-headed starling, there are lots of enticing animals and birds to spot here.
Enjoying your day trekking in the Island amidst eye-catching and colourful wildlife, especially elephants, cannot be missed. The pleasant greenery and the woody landscape is a treat to the eyes.
Best time to visit
Interview Island has a mild and soothing climate throughout the year. It can be visited at any time using ferries from Mayabunder, thanks to the comfortable climate. Evenings especially are pleasant at the Island. November to April is the best time to visit Mayabunder.
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