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.
When it comes to tourism, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is one of the underrated destinations in India. It is your sure fire getaway from the monotones of mundane life. Off late, it has doubled up as a perfect wedding destination. Andaman is also one of the top honeymoon destinations in India.
Besides being replete with shimmering beaches, the islands pack a lot of history. The iconic cellular jail, Kaala Paani was the prime tourist spot of the past. The graph has changed drastically with the islands offering a slew of adventure activities to attract tourists from all over the world.
Trekking is the most flamboyant adventure activity, any time of the year. It helps improve the physical agility of your body and also fills your mind with positivity. When one is trekking, there is hardly any distraction. There is a constant interaction between the human soul and Mother Nature.
In addition, the dynamics of trekking makes your happy hormones to rush in at blitzing speeds. No two steps are the same and the surface is never even. It asks for your body to make micro adjustments every moving minute.
People have more intimate moments with their trek mates than they managed to do so in years. Importantly, a trek mirrors a lifetime journey amidst all struggles, thereby strengthening you for the worldly challenges.
Of all places on our blue planet, why trek in the Andaman? The reasons are deep rooted within the geography and linguistic composition of the island.
Firstly, Andaman Island is located hundreds of miles away from the nearest landmass, making it the perfect escape from your busy routine life.
Secondly, the demographic is so diverse that the paradise is equally welcoming of all tourists.
Thirdly, it has got some of the mesmerizing trails to soak in on the maddening beauty of Mother Nature.
The Elephant beach of Havelock Island, lime stone caves leading up to Baratang Island and Saddle Peak in Diglipur Island offer experiences which will be etched in your memories for years to come.
Popular places to trek in Andaman Owing to the geography of Andaman, there are quite a few places you can trek at to get enraptured by the beauty on display.
Elephant Beach at Havelock Island
No one can ensure your safety better than yourself. Follow these simple precautions for a safe and happy trekking experience.
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