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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • 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 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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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Long Island

Overview of Rangat Island

Location

Rangat is a proud part of the ever changing landscape of middle Andaman island. Located at about 180kms away from the mainland of Port Blair, Rangat has managed to carve out an individual space for itself even by being an organic part of the island chain. The other portions of middle Andaman include Mayabunder and Diglipur. If you have questions about how to reach the place, then there are actually plenty of options available. Port Blair operates jetty services to Rangat apart from having private speedboat services. There are government scheduled buses and privately owned cars at your service as well.

Culture

Rangat is a place where culture blooms and thrives. People are from different ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds as a result of which there is equal weightage given to all sections of society. Each festival is celebrated with the same zest and vigor. There is always an undercurrent of celebration in the mood of the place. If India is to be represented on a smaller scale, then Rangat’s diversity is the best hope. Rangat is driving home the idea of an ecologically sound vacation where the integrity of the environment is given a priority.

People

As mentioned above people who have made Rangat their home hail from different states. The majority of Rangat demography is dominated by people from Tamil Nadu and Kerala and from the eastern state of West Bengal. They have adjusted to different professions since their arrival there and have gainfully employed themselves to make Rangat a new- age getaway. The dominant professions are those that of fishermen and cultivators, majority of whom are settled in Panchvati hills at Rangat Island Andaman Islands. Some others have taken to hospitality services.

Reasons to visit Rangat Island.

From an objective perspective, Rangat provides a wholesome vacationing idea where people of all ages can have fun. There are unexplored private beaches where you can spend quality time with your romantic partner and there are family vacationing spots which is as engaging for everyone. Food is never a conundrum here because you get all kinds of food from all parts of the world at really bargain deals. Since it is an up and coming vacationing spot, now is the time to utilize because once the businesses in Rangat boom it will be as expensive as other exotic places where you dream of going.

Beaches in Rangat Island

There are two beaches which are famous for polarizing reasons. The Raman Bagheecha beach is a paradise for couples with its exotic looking sand and emerald green waters. The Long Island beach is for everyone. It is for a family who wants to create memories and for adrenaline junkies who want to try their hand at snorkeling and scuba diving. It is also for people in love who would like to take a romantic walk with their partners along the coastline.

Long Island

The Long Island near Rangat Island Andaman Islands is one of the most exquisite beaches in Middle Andaman. People are often taken aback by the mesmeric beauty of the island because it looks so unassuming from the outside. Crammed into a puny geographical territory of twenty square kilometers, this island is a Pandora’s box with regard to the amount of picturesque spots present in it.

The juxtaposition of the emerald forests, the ochre beaches and the charcoal black terrains, this place will provide you with a soul-searching experience. The uneven topography also provides an all action experience for adrenaline junkies. Situated at about eighty kilometers away from Port Blair, the beauty and serenity comes at the cost of connectivity.

Activities in Long Island

Firstly, and most importantly bask yourself in the glory of nature. This is the best place for you to push your worries into oblivion and relax. Swimming is an obvious choice over here as you have the beautiful Lalaji Bay Beach with its glaring white sands and azure waters. With Scuba Diving & Snorkelling at Long Island Andaman Islands, being a safe option a lot of tourists have been attracted to the place. While you are there you might take a peek at the incredulous beauty of the corals on the shoreline.

With Moorys Dare you are sure to have some pain and fun if you are a trekking enthusiast. There are places to stay as well. There is a government run facility which lets you stay at a subsidized rate and there is the more lavish option of an accommodation called the Blue Planet as well. The shops nearby will let you taste deep sea fish and other specialized cuisines of the place.

Experience in Long Island

A lot of people have heaped praise on the spot because of the accessibility of the spot all-round the year.

People have come back with the soul of an adventurer after having discovered forest areas which were unaccounted for in the mapping of the place. People have come back with the soul of an adventurer after having discovered forest areas which were unaccounted for in the mapping of the place. People have grown into the idea of camping on the beach, however, one needs to take permission prior to the act. The presence of restaurants and eateries near the place have been received with open arms. There are as many as three decent eateries. People have taken a Trip to Guitar Island from Long Island Andaman Islands, and have enjoyed the freakish nature of the island.

How to visit Long Island

The primary means of transportation is either by walking or on ferries but the latter is the more enjoyable mode. If you are looking for auto rickshaws or cabs, then you will be thoroughly disappointed. Port Blair sends jetty to Long Island for about four times in a week and from Rangat you can reach Long Island by travelling from the Yerrata jetty. If you are in Chennai, there are ships that you can avail which takes approximately four days to reach Long Island.

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