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.
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.
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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