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.
Middle Andaman has in store for us the late discovery of Rangat Islands in its treasure trove. Situated in what seems like the middle of nowhere, the island has impressive geographical coverage of 1070 sq km. In spite of being found out to be a tourist attraction only recently, the island is pretty well connected to important places like Port Blair through bus and ferries, so if you are wondering how to reach the place, you shouldn’t worry anymore.
One of the islands apart from Baratang that puts Middle Andaman on the map is Rangat – a hotbed of linguistic diversity. Mostly populated by people from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the island speaks more than one language. People here are extremely industrious and earn their daily bread either by fishing or cultivation. The institutions of this place have won hearts in their attempt to preserve the environment and promote eco-tourism.
Rangat has acted as a transitional spot for hardcore travellers. People generally wait for a day or two before moving on to other places like Mayabunder. However, if you got a day or two of time and want to go for a Sightseeing tour of Rangat Island, these are the places that you can visit.
Rumoured to be the place where earth and sky meet in a never-ending hue of blue
The beach is environment friendly as waste bins and benches are made from dried out tree trunks
If you are up for sunbathing, this is the place to be
A prime example of how nature thrives when left alone to itself. This place got more beautiful when surrounding industries were shut down.
Things that you can do here, apart from spending some peaceful time at Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island near Long Island Andaman Islands include Scuba diving and Snorkeling at Long Island Andaman Island.
The diversity of species at this place makes this the greatest exhibition of nature on this island.
If you are out there in the first or the last quarter of the year, you might chance upon turtles and their nesting places.
The Cuthbert Bay Beach at Rangat Island Andaman boasts the presence of eco-huts for tourists.
A peculiar wooden walkway erected with the flora around you, this place is sure to attract a true nature lover.
The most enchanting and enigmatic experience is reserved for people who choose to walk under the moonlight.
The beach to which the walkway leads like other beaches of the place are hospitable places for turtles.
A place of delight for people who are into photography or people who have a penchant for aesthetics
This is a place that reeks with South Indian culture because of the inhabitants of the place.
This place is one of those places where the enigmatic beauty of a waterfall intrigues travellers.
If you are up for a trip but don’t want to visit the same old places frequented by everyone, Rangat should be your pick. If you’re picky about food, the multiculturalism of Rangat will help you avoid a nightmare. Also, given it had only been formed in 2006, Rangat might be your weekend getaway for solitude and contemplation
Any island which is a part of the Andaman group is a hub for the best quality seafood that includes deep-sea fish and prawn. Rangat specifically is a modern vacationing spot with cuisines from all over the world available in quaint eateries. Regional food is available as well. Fruits and fruit juices are something the tourists fancy as well.
Tips for finding the perfect restaurant at Rangat Island
People these days usually have their itinerary chalked out months ahead of their trip and use travel-specific websites to figure out where they want to eat. Some people are, however, ready to go with the flow and take in suggestions from their friends or locals. One restaurant is common to everyone’s suggestion and Royal Restaurant in Rangat Island is that place.
It is primarily a Chinese restaurant and is situated at Rangat Bazar, near the local Syndicate Bank branch.
It has been a pretty enjoyable experience for a lot of people. A lot have talked about the hotel in glowing terms. People seeking to slip out for a casual meal after having visited the Moorys Dare(Trekking) can frequent places such as these to get their favourite Chinese dishes at cut-price deals. Even among the locals, this place is a huge hit. Their rates are pretty standardized, given other restaurants and their exorbitant charges.
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