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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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Ramnagar Beach

Ramnagar Beach is a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed sand hidden in the southeastern region of Northern Andamans, just 35 kilometres away from Diglipur. Slowly being developed into an eco-friendly destination by the forest department, the beach houses open tree houses to bask in the glory of Ramnagar. Surrounded by palm and coconut trees, the coast remains deserted most of the time and is best for those who seek some solitude. In comparison to other beaches, Ramnagar beach offers some of the most spectacular sunsets without any crowds. Crystalline turquoise water, accompanied by yellow-ish sand, makes this landscape alluring. Benches, eco-huts, and log sofas have been set up on the coast where nearby trees provide plenty of shade, for visitors to relax and take in the views.

An abode of Olive Ridley turtles, Ramnagar beach is also a nesting ground for these magnificent creatures. Turtle nesting season is from December to March. The beach closes during the evening, and no one is allowed to walk on the beach post five o’clock to prevent the eggs from damage. Like Kalipur Beach, there is an artificial hatchery set up here as well. Visitors can witness the female sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand, and after they hatch, watching them make their way to the vast ocean. Ramnagar Beach is an apt spot for snorkelling, owing to the crystal clear water that offers excellent visibility. Corals are sharp, which makes swimming challenging most of the time. However, swimming a little further into the sea brings you to the live S-shaped coral reef that attracts several colourful fishes, boosting the experience for snorkelling. This demands experienced swimmers, as sometimes the waves can get quite huge and the tides strong.

How to reach

Ramnagar Beach is 300 kilometres from Port Blair, 70 km from Mayabunder, and 35 kilometres from Diglipur. Accessible via road, visitors can drive through curvy mountain roads to reach Ramnagar Beach. It is connected via two daily boat services from Mayabunder and from Port Blair twice a week.

Offers

Widely scattered grains of sand, fauna, and trails, making it a treasure’s chest for nature enthusiasts. If you are an adventure buff, then there are trails to follow for trekking. The beach offers a panoramic view of the spring blossoms landscape. Lying close to Alfred Caves and Chalis Ek, visitors can also explore nearby attractions while they’re here.

Wondering what to do on Ramnagar Beach?

  1. Perhaps the most visited sightseeing spot in the North Andamans, with the pebbled beach and the rock structures lying on the shore Lamiya Beach is a bewildering sight. The sunrise and sunset views from the beach have a lot of admirers. And you are in for a surprise if you anticipated a regular beach because this one runs wild. Saddle Peak, the highest peak point in the entire Bay of Bengal at a height of 800 metres above sea level is also in close vicinity.
  2. Diglipur is home to a cluster of limestone caves, or as it’s rightly called “Alfred Caves”. A trek through the jungle leads you to the natural habitats of Swiftlet birds which nest in these caves. Their edible nests are quite famed and valued in the world. This trek is definitely not for the ones with a weak heart as it is perhaps the most difficult and challenging expedition in the Andamans.
  3. An unparalleled beauty with a vast ocean, rich with coral reefs and housing some of the rarest marine creatures, Ramnagar Beach immerses you in the aura of nature that will heal your mind. Owing to its apt geographical remoteness, visitors can take a long walk on the beach and find some time to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.

Ramnagar, an idyllic blend of wildernesses by the beach, is a transcendent escape from the monotony. With limited amenities and only a couple of small shops near the bus stand in the village, the beach lies in isolation away from the hustle-bustle of cities. There are few huts with benches available for resting, basking in the sun, and the tranquil ambience works as an apt stress buster. Like the rest of Andamans, this destination makes one overwhelmed and awestruck by its sheer untouched beauty.

  • Getting There: The beach lies 300 kilometres from Port Blair, 70 km from Mayabunder, and 35 kilometres from Diglipur.
  • What to do: Trekking, swimming, and snorkeling.
  • What not to miss: Witness turtle nesting where visitors can witness the female Olive Ridley sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand, and after they hatch, watching them make their way to the vast ocean.
  • Best time to visit: The Beach is open for tourists throughout the year, but the months from December to March are ideal to witness the famed turtle nesting by Olive Ridley Turtles.
  • What to carry: Carry bottled water, sunglasses, cap/hat, flip flops, and swimwear to enjoy beach time. A camera to capture mesmerizing moments spent at the Beach, It is advisable to bring your own snorkeling gear or get them from rental hire in Diglipur Town or Kalipur Beach.

Essential Info:

Medical Facilities in Ramnagar Beach- There is no medical facility near the beach, the closest medical facility is the G.B.P Hospital at Port Blair offering a team of super-specialized Doctors in the various departments.

Timings- Ramnagar Beach can be visited anytime between Sunrise to sunset, thus 6 am to 5 pm is the best time to visit the Beach to experience the splendid beauty. The beach closes during the evening, and no one is allowed to walk on the beach post five o’clock to prevent the eggs from damage.

Mobile Connectivity- Mobile connectivity in Ramnagar Beach might not be up to one’s expectation, thus visitors face overbearing network issues.

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