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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 Things to do in the Andaman Islands

The Andaman Islands are an idyllic archipelago of more than 300 islands, boasting crystal clear waters, lush tropical forests, and an incredible array of marine life. A true paradise for nature enthusiasts, adrenaline junkies, and culture seekers alike, the islands offer a blend of serene landscapes, adrenaline-pumping activities, and rich cultural experiences. 

The Andaman Islands offer a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural exploration. Whether you're an adventure enthusiast, a history buff, or someone who just wants to unwind amidst nature, the Andaman Islands have something for you. This archipelago truly is an unspoiled gem of India.

Here are the top 10 things to do in the Andaman Islands:

  1. Explore Radhanagar Beach

No trip to the Andaman Islands is complete without a visit to Radhanagar Beach, voted Asia's best beach by Time Magazine. Nestled on the picturesque Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach, also known as Beach Number 7, is the epitome of pristine natural beauty. The beach is blessed with unparalleled scenic beauty that offers a sensory feast to its visitors. The stretch of white sand, perfectly contrasted with the cerulean hues of the Indian Ocean, offers an inviting landscape. The sunsets at Radhanagar Beach are renowned for their captivating beauty. 

Another great way to enjoy the charm of Radhanagar Beach is by taking a leisurely walk along the shore. With the gentle waves lapping at your feet, a walk on the beach is a tranquil experience. If you are lucky, you may spot some of the island's exotic bird species or even a sea turtle!

  1. Scuba Dive in Havelock Island

Renowned for its vibrant marine biodiversity and stunning underwater landscapes, Havelock Island is a diver’s utopia. From seasoned professionals to absolute beginners, anyone can join the underwater adventure, thanks to numerous PADI-certified dive centres that provide comprehensive training and assistance. Diving in these crystal-clear waters, you'll come face-to-face with an astonishing array of marine life, including manta rays, octopuses, clownfish, and even the elusive dugong.

There are several dive sites around Havelock Island, each boasting its own unique allure. 'The Wall' is a popular spot for experienced divers. This diving site plunges to a depth of 55 metres, offering an unforgettable experience of floating alongside schools of vibrant fusiliers, trevallies, and snappers. For beginners, 'Seduction Point' is an ideal site, with a rocky pinnacle surrounded by colourful schools of fish and stunning coral formations. 'Johnny's Gorge' is another premier diving spot, widely recognised for sightings of large fish species like Groupers, Barracudas, and even occasional Reef Sharks.

  1. Visit the Cellular Jail National Memorial

The Cellular Jail National Memorial, standing in Port Blair, is a stark reminder of India's turbulent past. Also known as "Kala Pani", this historical site transports visitors back to the era of India's freedom struggle, offering them a chance to walk through corridors of history. The cellular jail was once a colonial prison where numerous freedom fighters were incarcerated and subjected to harsh treatment by the British regime.

You can explore this imposing structure, including several prison cells, gallows, and a museum. The museum showcases a number of poignant exhibits, including photographs, models, and archival documents that narrate the struggle of freedom fighters. 

Do not miss the evening light and sound show at Cellular Jail as it is a major attraction. 


  1. Trek to the Mud Volcano in Baratang Island

Tucked away in the unique landscape of Baratang Island, the trek to the intriguing mud volcanoes is an experience that combines adventure, natural beauty, and geological marvels. These mud volcanoes, known scientifically as 'mud domes', are some of the few in the world and offer an offbeat yet fascinating experience to adventurous travellers who dare to tread the path less taken. Unlike their fiery counterparts, these mud volcanoes erupt with bubbles of mud instead of molten lava.

The trek itself is relatively easy, making it suitable for all age groups. It's an interesting walk, with plenty of opportunities to observe unique flora and fauna along the path.

  1. Snorkel at Elephant Beach

Elephant Beach on Havelock Island is not just known for its azure waters and sparkling white sand, but it's also renowned as one of the best places to snorkel in the Andaman Islands. One of the reasons why Elephant Beach is ideal for snorkelling is its shallow and clear waters, making it easily accessible even for beginners. The beach has an extensive coral reef near the shoreline. Even at a depth of just one meter, you'll be greeted by a display of colourful corals, starfish, and a myriad of tropical fish darting in and out of their hideaways.

With a snorkel mask on and fins equipped, plunge into the clear waters and be ready to be amazed by the natural marine spectacle. Look out for the parrotfish with their vibrant hues, clownfish darting in and out of anemones, and the beautifully patterned butterflyfish. If you're lucky, you might spot sea turtles gracefully swimming in the deeper waters.

  1. Experience Sea Walking at North Bay Island

For those who dream of strolling on the ocean floor, feeling the soft sand underfoot while coming face-to-face with colourful fish and vibrant coral, sea walking at North Bay Island is a dream come true. The sea walk starts with a short boat ride from the main island to the clear waters of North Bay. Once there, you'll don a specially designed helmet that allows you to breathe naturally underwater while keeping your face completely dry. Then, under the careful guidance of certified professionals, you'll descend a ladder that leads you straight to the ocean floor, about 6 to 7 metres deep.

As you take your first steps on the sandy seabed, you'll be greeted by a kaleidoscope of marine life. Schools of vibrantly coloured fish like the parrotfish, butterflyfish, and clownfish will swim up close, undeterred by your presence.


  1. Visit Ross and Smith Islands

Ross and Smith Islands are twin islands connected by a natural sandbar. It's like something straight out of a postcard – turquoise water on both sides and a stretch of white sand in the middle. The islands, surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters, are a nature lover’s paradise, offering spectacular vistas of virgin white beaches, lush green tropical forests, and vibrant coral reefs. The sandbar is visible during low tide and gets submerged under the sea during high tide. Walking on this sandbar, with turquoise waters on both sides, is an experience that feels almost surreal.

The islands offer excellent opportunities for beachcombing, sunbathing, and picnicking. Nature trails run through the islands' tropical forests, providing an opportunity to spot the islands' diverse birdlife and enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings.

  1. Kayak in the Mangroves of Mayabunder

Explore the thick mangroves of Mayabunder in a kayak. This peaceful journey through creeks and channels, surrounded by dense foliage, offers a chance to see various bird species, mudskippers, and other unique wildlife of the Andaman Islands. As you paddle through these intricate networks of waterways, you will be surrounded by towering mangrove trees, creating a canopy of green overhead. The lush foliage, coupled with the gentle lapping of water against your kayak, sets an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. This adventure also provides the opportunity to witness the fascinating tidal phenomenon of these mangrove ecosystems, which thrive in the brackish waters where freshwater streams meet the sea.

  1. Witness Bioluminescence at Havelock Island

If you're visiting during the right season (usually between late September and early November), you can experience the magical phenomenon of bioluminescence.

To experience this natural light show, take a nighttime bioluminescent kayak tour. A night kayak tour will guide you to the right spots where the water glows due to the presence of certain phytoplankton. Imagine paddling through the calm waters on a clear, moonless night, and with each stroke of your paddle, the water around you lights up with a magical glow. It’s an otherworldly experience to see the water lighting up around you. The soft lapping of the waves against your kayak, the calm of the night, and the gentle glow of bioluminescence create a magical and serene atmosphere.


  1. Visit Barren Island

When it comes to exploring the Andaman Islands, a visit to Barren Island is undoubtedly one of the top experiences. Situated approximately 135 kilometres northeast of Port Blair, Barren Island is home to the only active volcano not just in India, but in the whole of South Asia. A boat trip to this uninhabited island is a journey of sheer excitement and awe. The volcano has erupted more than ten times since its first documented eruption in the 1700s, with the most recent one occurring in 2017.

Not just that. You can also scuba dive and snorkel in Barren Island. The underwater world around Barren Island is an entirely different spectacle. The volcanic eruptions have formed unique rock formations and tunnels underwater. These waters, now a protected marine area, are teeming with a variety of marine species, including manta rays, turtles, and a plethora of tropical fish. Note that you’d have to be an experienced scuba diver with advanced certification to be able to dive in Barren Island. 

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