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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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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Pick Havelock Island for Your First Dive

There's something profoundly alluring about the underwater world - the vibrant spectrum of colours, the silence only interrupted by the rhythm of your own breath, and the feeling of weightlessness. If you're looking to immerse yourself in this aquatic wonderland, Havelock Island should be at the top of your list. 

Havelock Island offers a blend of beautiful marine life, magnificent coral reefs, and clear waters, along with safety and affordability. It's an ideal destination for your first dive, a place where you can plunge into the aquatic realm safely and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should pick Havelock Island for your first dive.

  1. Varied Dive Sites that are Perfect for Beginners

With over a dozen dive sites to choose from, Havelock Island provides a wide range of diving experiences. From the Aquarium, a shallow reef ideal for novices, to Johnny's Gorge and Dixon's Pinnacle, thrilling sites for experienced divers - there's a place for every diver's taste and skill.

The dive sites in Havelock Island also cater to all levels, especially beginners. With professional dive schools and instructors, you'll have plenty of guidance and training to make your first dive comfortable and safe. They offer various PADI certification courses, from beginner level to advanced ones, suiting your comfort and pace. 

Let's explore some of the key dive sites that Havelock Island has to offer.

The Aquarium (Level: Beginner): The Aquarium is a shallow reef site and the perfect spot for beginners and for those undertaking training dives. It's also an excellent location for snorkelers. The site is a large fringing reef with a depth of around 12 metres

Nemo Reef (Level: Beginner): As the name suggests, Nemo Reef is an excellent site to spot Clownfish (popularly known as 'Nemo') among the anemones. This shallow water dive site, ideal for beginners and snorkelling enthusiasts, offers a maximum depth of around 6 metres.

Lighthouse (Level: Beginner to Intermediate): Diving at the Lighthouse can be done day and night, providing an exciting opportunity for those who wish to experience the thrill of night diving. Suitable for beginners and intermediate divers, the site offers a depth of 6 to 18 metres. 

Pilot Reef (Level: Intermediate): Pilot Reef is a deeper dive site, going down to 24 meters. This spot is a large block of pristine coral, where you can see larger marine species like Grouper and Snapper, as well as sea turtles. 

Dixon's Pinnacle (Level: Advanced)

Dixon's Pinnacle is considered one of the best dive sites in Havelock Island. This site is a series of three underwater pinnacles teeming with life, including large pelagic fish, schools of trevally and barracuda


  1.  Incredible Visibility

Visibility underwater is a crucial factor when diving. In Havelock, you can expect visibility up to 15-20 meters throughout the year, offering an unobstructed view of the aquatic panorama. During the peak season (January to April), the visibility can go up to 30-40 metres, making your diving experience even more incredible. The water clarity is thanks to the island's pristine environment and remote location, far from industrial pollution and heavy boat traffic.

The clear waters of Havelock Island allow the sun's rays to penetrate deep, illuminating the colourful corals and the variety of marine species in their true vibrant hues. This clarity results in breathtakingly vivid underwater views, creating perfect conditions for unforgettable dives and stunning underwater photography.

  1.  Abundant Marine Life

Expect to be greeted by diverse marine life, from colourful coral gardens, impressive schools of fish, playful dolphins to graceful turtles, and even elusive dugongs. If you're lucky, you might even catch sight of a pod of dolphins or the majestic Manta Rays. Here's an introduction to the underwater inhabitants you might encounter while diving in Havelock Island.

Corals: The underwater world of Havelock Island is carpeted with vibrant coral reefs, creating a spectacular underwater garden. You'll find a multitude of both hard and soft corals, including Staghorn, Brain, and Mushroom corals. The colourful corals not only provide a feast for the eyes but also offer shelter and nutrients to various marine creatures.

Fish: The coral reefs of Havelock Island are teeming with numerous species of fish, presenting a symphony of colours, shapes, and sizes. Expect to encounter everything from tiny clownfish nimbly darting between anemones, to elegant angelfish and butterflyfish. Schools of snappers, fusiliers, and trevallies create a bustling spectacle, giving divers a sense of being in a mesmerising aquatic ballet.

Rays and Sharks: Imagine gliding peacefully alongside a graceful Manta Ray or spotting the elusive Whitetip or Blacktip Reef Shark in its natural habitat. These magnificent creatures are regularly spotted around the deeper dive sites of Havelock Island, offering unforgettable encounters for divers.

  1. xcellent Dive Schools and Instructors

Havelock Island is home to several renowned dive schools, each committed to providing an outstanding and safe diving experience. The instructors here are highly skilled, patient, and have a thorough understanding of the dive sites around the island. The dive schools in Havelock Island are internationally accredited, mostly by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), ensuring adherence to stringent safety norms and best practices in dive training. This means you'll be in safe hands and receive quality instruction, whether you're a novice starting with an Open Water Diver course or an experienced diver looking to further your skills.


  1. Year-Round Diving Season

One of the standout advantages of choosing Havelock Island as your first dive location is its year-round diving season. Unlike many other diving destinations around the world that have specific seasons, Havelock Island's tropical climate allows for diving all year round, making it an incredibly flexible choice for your first underwater adventure. Throughout the year, the sea waters around Havelock Island remain warm, generally ranging between 26°C to 30°C (79°F to 86°F). This warmth not only makes for comfortable diving conditions but also encourages the growth of vibrant coral reefs and attracts a wide array of marine life.

While you can dive throughout the year in Havelock Island, the two major seasons - the dry season (October to April) and the rainy season (May to September) - offer slightly different diving experiences. During the dry season, the seas are generally calm, and visibility can extend up to 25-30 meters, making it perfect for first-time divers and underwater photography. The rainy season, also known as the monsoon season, brings a different charm. While surface intervals might be a bit wet, underwater conditions remain largely unaffected.

  1. Environmental Consciousness

Most dive centres in Havelock follow eco-friendly practices and are involved in marine conservation projects. They follow and teach good diving practices that minimise the impact on the reefs and marine life. Some dive centres even participate in, or organise, regular cleanup dives and conservation activities that you can take part in, turning your diving adventure into a chance to give back to the ocean. This means, by choosing Havelock Island, you're also contributing to the protection and preservation of these beautiful underwater ecosystems. 

  1.  Exotic Island Experience

Havelock Island isn't just about diving. One of the biggest draws of Havelock Island, apart from its world-class diving, is the unique island experience it offers. This tropical paradise provides an exotic getaway that beautifully complements the underwater adventures, rounding out your diving trip into a full-fledged holiday experience.

The first thing that strikes you about Havelock Island is its sheer natural beauty. Pristine white-sand beaches, turquoise-blue waters, and lush tropical forests create a postcard-perfect setting that soothes the senses. The scenic beauty of the island is a significant part of the charm, setting the stage for relaxation and rejuvenation between dives.

  1. Affordability

Diving in Havelock Island is quite affordable compared to other world-class diving destinations. The cost of dive courses, equipment rental, and accommodation options can fit a range of budgets, making it an excellent choice for those looking to experience diving without breaking the bank. The rates for a fun dive (a casual dive for certified divers) typically range between INR 3500 and INR 4500 per dive. These prices generally include the costs of equipment rental, boat fees, and a guide.


  1. A Gateway to Other Andaman Dive Sites

Choosing Havelock Island as your diving destination also means you have easy access to other spectacular dive sites in the Andaman archipelago. Neighbouring islands like Neil Island and South Button Island are just a boat ride away, offering even more underwater exploration opportunities. This makes Havelock not just a single diving destination but a gateway to a multitude of diving experiences.

  1. Unique Night Diving Experiences

If you've ever wanted to add an extra layer of mystery and thrill to your diving experience, Havelock Island offers unique opportunities for night diving. With the marine landscape bathed in the glow of your torchlight, night dives reveal a different side of the underwater world, as nocturnal creatures come out and daytime species go into hiding. It's like exploring an entirely different reef! Dive centres on the island offer night dives at several sites, allowing divers to experience this otherworldly spectacle. Remember, however, that night diving requires additional training and should only be undertaken by or with experienced divers.

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