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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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Parrot Island

Overview

The Andaman and Nicobar island is a famous tourist spot for many travel enthusiasts and vacationists. One of the renowned places to visit in Andaman is the Parrot island in Baratang island.

  • Location: Parrot island is approximately 30 km from Baratang Island and 130 km from Port Blair, Northern Andaman.

  • Culture: Parrot island manages to tell a story on its own about the beauty and unity of nature. The locals of Baratang are all friendly and are always happy to showcase and teach outsiders about their customs and local tradition and practices. The thick forest is naturally taken care of by the birds using their beaks as they nest and scrounge for food.

  • With guides and experts to get tours around the island and know more about the parrots and parakeets that settle on the island, Parrot island has a rich natural history and culture that attracts tourists from all over the globe.

  • Major tourist highlights: the Parrot island in Andaman islands is famous for its lush flora and fauna, which attracts tourists and nature lovers from all over the world.

  • Also, tourists can get to see and possibly interact with the infamous Jarawa tribe on the trip to parrot island. The Jawara tribe is one of the oldest tribal settlements to persist to this day without being touched by urbanization. This makes it a significant tourist highlight when visiting Parrot island in Baratang island.

  • The biggest highlight of the island is the reason where it receives its name- parrots. Parrot Island is home to thousands of parrots and parakeets that fly down to the island and settle in the lush mangrove forest. As soon as one reaches the island, they are met with the cackling and singing of different types of parakeets and parrots that have come to the island for the day, and their sound fills the forests and caves with their harmony.

Parrot Island in Baratang Island

  • How to get there: To reach Parrot island, people must first find themselves in Baratang island. Baratang island can be reached by waterways and is also accessible by road and is situated 100 km from Port Blair. After reaching Baratang island at the Nilambur jetty, you will have to proceed to take a fiber boat to Nayadera Jetty. From Nayadera Jetty, it is another short boat ride to Parrot island. Alternatively, one can also take a bus, car, or any wheeled vehicle on the NH233 to Diglipur from Port Blair, Baratang Island. From there, it is a 30-minute boat ride to Parrot island.
  • Wonderlust: When exploring the Baratang island sightseeing spots, coming across Parrot island is a riveting experience. The entirety of the island is a dense mangrove, where the parrots settle after their flight. During this time, the island hums to life, and the forest filled with the whistle and sound of thousands of birds singing.
  • According to the locals in Baratang island, each evening, only five parrots fly to the island to check the place. After inspecting, 10 minutes later, the rest of the parrots start to flock in and settle down in the forests till sunset.
  • One of the most exciting times to be at Parrot island is during sunset. This is the time when the parrots make their way back to their homes. Parrot Island is one of the places to visit in Baratang island with thousands of parrots flying off into the sunset.
  • Prominent attractions: some of the many reasons to visit Parrot islands in Andaman the attractions that the place has to offer nearby.:
  • Mud Volcanoes: located near the Parrot island are the infamous mud volcanoes of Baratang island. This is a famous tourist spot that almost everyone will eventually encounter while on their Parrot island sightseeing, Andaman island tours. These craters of bubbling mud are formed due to the natural decomposition and emission of natural gas from decaying organic matter. There are a total of 11 of these in Andaman. Out of them, eight are situated in Baratang island next to Parrot island.
  • Limestone caves: Roughly 50 minutes from the Baratang jetty, the Limestone caves are located near the mangrove forest of the Parrot Island. These magnificent caves are almost always a part of any booking Baratang island tour package, Andaman, and is a must when exploring the lush forest of the Parrot Island. The Limestone caves are adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, which were formed over thousands of years ago. This makes it a historical experience for those who are fans of geographical locations.
  • Water sports: When on Parrot island, tourists and vacationists can take part in scuba diving, jet-skiing, and snorkeling in the waters surrounding the island. These are some of the most sought after activities when touring Parrot island and elevates the thrill of adventure and fun. Tourists can also go diving in the shallows of the ocean and see the coral and aquatic plant life on the sea bed.
  • Birdwatching: A lot of bird lovers and bird watchers get naturally attracted to Parrot island on account of the vast aviator fauna that settles in the mangrove forests each evening. Watching the birds in their natural habitat while trekking through the earthy forest is one of the main attractions that parrot island has to offer.

Best time to visit:

The best time to make a trip to the parrot island in Andaman is during the peak seasons of winter. From the onset of winter to the beginning of summer or the months from November to February, it is the perfect time to enjoy and bask in the beauty that is parrot island. Although they may face small hindrances in the weather and water currents, people can visit the island throughout the year, which may not allow people to enjoy the island to its full potential. Summers at the island can reach between 25 to 32 degrees Celsius in temperature, and during the monsoon seasons (June to September), the island is met by constant overcast with a temperature between 25 to 30 degrees.

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