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  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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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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Sight Seeing Spots at Port Blair

Many people visit Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, as a port of transit. But the town has a lot to offer to tourists in terms of sightseeing spots. Whether you are a history buff or an adrenaline junkie, Port Blair is home to so much more than it has been credited for. In this article, we present popular places to see in Port Blair so that you can make the most of your Andamans vacation.

Top sightseeing spots in Port Blair and things to do

Cellular Jail

The historic Cellular Jail in Port Blair was built by the Britishers in ten years. Constructed as solitary confinement, Indian freedom fighters and revolutionaries were kept here under difficult situations. This dreaded and grueling colonial jail was also referred to as Kala Pani. Innumerable freedom fighters of India witnessed the most atrocious punishments here. At this national memorial that is opened to the public, you can get an idea about the misery and pain of the revolutionaries. It is allowed there to climb the stairs, walk through the corridors, get inside the cells, and have a look at the gallows (the prisoners were executed here by hanging).

Timings and fees for Cellular Jail and Jail Museum (Open all days except national holidays):

09:00 am to 12:30 pm

01:30 pm to 04:45 pm

Entry Fee: Rs. 30, Camera: Rs. 200, Video Camera: Rs. 1000, Film shooting per day with prior permission: Rs. 10000

Son-et-Lumiere (Sound and Light Show) at Cellular Jail

You can experience the saga of the heroic freedom struggle at this show.

Entry Fee: Rs. 25 for kids, Rs. 50 for adults.

Timings for the one-hour show:

  • 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm
  • 06:45 pm to 07:45 pm
  • 08:00 pm to 09:00 pm
  • 09:15 pm to 10:15 pm

Corbyn’s Cove Beach

On the first day of your vacation in the charming Andaman & Nicobar Islands, you can go to this lovely beach. Take a leisurely stroll surrounded by calming beachy vibes. It is one of the most popular places to see in Port Blair owing to its natural beauty. If you are an adrenaline junkie, then you can try your hand at jet skiing, water scooter, and boating here.

Veer Savarkar Park

Located right in front of the Cellular Jail, you can visit this park to take a short break after your visit to the jail. You can come here to get some rest while you have to wait for your slot of the light and sound show. There is a collection of statues of our freedom fighters. For kids, there are a few rides as well. After witnessing the pride of the past, you can enjoy refreshments such as coconut water, tea, etc. sold by vendors outside the park.

Murugan Temple

This centrally-located temple in Port Blair offers a religious excursion to tourists. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva, it is the biggest pilgrim spot in the Andaman Islands. Displaying Dravidian architecture at its best, you should visit this temple during the festival time if you want to witness a grand occasion. Around the temple complex, you can savor mouth-watering vegetarian or the non-vegetarian platter if you are a foodie. Authentic food from various cultures is served here and it is definitely worth a try.

Samudrika Naval Marine Museum

This museum is the perfect combination of modern as well historical Andamans. One of the best sightseeing spots in Port Blair, it greets visitors with a massive skeleton of a blue whale as you enter inside. There is an aquarium that is home to fishes of different shapes and sizes. Here, you can see venomous and rare species of stonefish and corals along with parrotfish. It is a great place to visit if you have kids with you. From the museum’s gift shop, you can buy a lot of interesting stuff for your loved ones if you like to collect souvenirs wherever you travel.

Japanese Bunkers

Japanese Bunkers can be easily spotted across the popular places to see in Port Blair. These relics of the bygone era are reminiscent of World War II. These remind us of the time when there were attempts of a siege on the islands. The bunkers are situated on the way to Ross Island and Corbyn’s Cove Beach, and are one of the best places to see in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Chatham Saw Mill

If you want to witness the rustic beauty of the pre-independence days, then visit Chatham Saw Mill. The mill was set up in 1883 by the British administration, and it is a popular wood processor in Asia. Chatham Saw Mill is quite an attraction among several sightseeing spots in Port Blair.

Manglutan Village

Located in the southern region of the Andaman Islands, this village is popular for its rubber plantations. Among a number of gorgeous views of its oozing natural charm, there is also a stunning stream flowing in Manglutan Village. Covering an area of 60 acres, the rubber plantation is the primary source of income for the locals. During your visit to this beautiful village, you can know about the details of the plantation procedure including seed extraction, production level, etc.

Have fun at a cruise party

For an extravagant experience, have a cruise party in Port Blair with your partner or friends. It is a unique and preferable choice as the vibes of it are completely different from any other kind of party. Imagine sailing on the azure waters on the Bay of Bengal while sipping on your favorite wine. You are surely going to feel as if you are on top of the world. Offering total worth for your money, there are a number of cruise packages to choose from depending on varied budgets. A cruise party in Port Blair is among the best things to do in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands owing to the right venue as well as the right menu. Amid the natural aura of Port Blair, partying on a lavish cruise sounds like a great idea. You can choose between a shipboard and shore side party here. The experience is unforgettable for sure.

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