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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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SAI KRIPA

Overview of Rangat Island

Location

Andaman Islands’ latest attraction for tourists comes in the form of Rangat Island. A territorial subdivision of Middle Andaman, just like Baratang, the island has an extent of 1070sq.kms. Curiously enough this island, despite tourism here is a recent phenomenon is very well connected to the traditional tourist centres of Mayabunder and Port Blair. If you are wondering how to reach this place, you might avail the jetty or the speedboat services from Port Blair, or you can board public transport like buses. 

Culture

The residence of diverse ethnic and linguistic communities have left an imprint in the culture of Rangat. This island is home to people from Kerala and Tamil Nadu and West Bengal besides people from other states. These communities have settled in the Panchavati Hills area, and they function as fishermen and cultivators. There is a prevailing mood for sustainable development on the island, which is why the authorities promote eco-tourism.

Major tourist Highlights

If you are out on a rendezvous and want a detailed list of the most picturesque, here are the things that you can explore at length.

Yerata Mangrove park & Yerrata creek

  • Located at a distance of 8km and has flora and fauna in abundance.

  • The forest department has maintained a mangrove interpretation panel to create awareness about mangroves and the species it houses.

  • There is also a watchtower that has been built to provide a bird’s eye view of forests all around.

Guitar Island

  • You can take a Trip to Guitar Island from Long Island Andaman Islands on a dunghi.

  • It is the least frequented and one of the most beautiful islands.

  • You can be a witness to nature at its peak glory. There will be crabs all around on the beach, and you can hear birds chirping in the morning.

Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walkway

  • A sort of a wooden bridge that has been hung and is assumed to be the longest in India.

  • A walk on it on a moonlit night is sure to test the most stoic of people.

  • The walkway leads directly to a beach where one can be privy to seasonal nesting spots for turtles.

Panchavati Hills

  • One of the most populated spots of Rangat, this is inhabited by people from Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

  • The presence of a waterfall there makes the place a very memorable and enchanting visit.

  • For the best experience, you must visit this place after sundown. There are farming fields around the place.

Amkunj Beach

  • If you are into photography of any kind, this is one place that should be on your itinerary.

  • The beach becomes a nesting ground in the beginning and at the end of the year for turtles of a different kind.

  • Most people visit this place to either sunbathe or hang out with their family.

Long Island

  • Has become one of the most visited spots by people who are into Scuba diving and Snorkeling at Long Island Andaman Island.

  • One can also take a trip to Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island near Long Island Andaman Islands for some alone time.

These are the best Sightseeing Spots at Rangat Island Andaman Islands that you can explore at length.

Amkunj Beach

  • If you are looking for a place to sunbathe with your family and friends then this is the beach to be in
  • In the early months of the year and the closing months, the beach becomes a nesting spot for all kinds of turtles.
  • If you want to return home with pictures that you remember for the rest of your life, then this is the spot you want to explore.

Panchavati Hills

  • Most people from this place are natives of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and they have made this place their own.
  • They have their own farmlands are they are very happy to show people around
  • There is a waterfall there which has become quite popular with time and the scene after sunset is pretty happening.

Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walkway

  • A walkway stretching more than 700 metres and is considered to be the longest in India
  • The walkway directs you straight to the beach where turtles hatch in numbers.

Reasons to visit Rangat Island

Rangat has a lot in store for different kind of travellers. For people whose spirits are dampened by monotony, this place will be a soothing change of pace. The lodgings and food services are tailors made for people who want an exotic vacation at a budget price. This place is also a photographer’s delight, as there are hordes of spots to let your camera do its magic.

Major Cuisines of Rangat Island

Rangat houses an assortment of the most delicious of seafood that includes crabs, prawns and deep-sea fishes. Apart from this, you can get any food that you want because they cater to tourists from all over the world.

Tips for finding the perfect restaurant in Rangat Island

Some travellers today don’t care what they are eating as long as they get to eat. With Rangat, you need not worry because the island offers you a plethora of choices in terms of where you can eat. One such option that you can consider is Sai Kripa Restaurant in Rangat Island.

Sai Kripa Restaurant in Rangat Island

The restaurant is located at a very convenient location which is just on the roadside of the Andaman trunk road and is primarily a fast food joint

The best Dishes

  • Given it is a fast food joint expect spicy rolls and great Chinese cuisine
  • Apart from fast food items, you can also order traditional breakfast items.
  • Beverages are also available

Décor

  • The restaurant is a modest-looking structure with quaint interiors.
  • Their kitchen is well kept, and while their cutlery may not be shiny and expensive, they make it up with their quality food.
  • Their seating arrangement makes the interior look very spacious.

Services

  • They offer dine-in facilities as well as takeaway facilities.
  • The waiters are very charming, and they know how to sell their dishes well.
  • They have a nice follow-up service because most waiters don’t care what you want to order next.
  • Most people have commented on how committed the chef and the staff are.

Experience

A lot of people wrote rave reviews of the place upon their visit. The atmosphere is casual and homely, and there is a sense of hospitality in each working staff. They listen to your demands when you ask them to cook your food in a certain way. If you are tired from wandering around North Passage Island (Merk Bay Beach),drop by this place to catch your breath and enjoy nice food. Even some other hotels have good things to say about this place which should give you more confidence.

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