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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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Viewing Elephant

The Mayabunder Island – An overview

Mayabunder Island, an extremely beautiful island with its scenic beauty, is one of the lesser-known destinations in Andaman. Despite having the second-largest port, after Port Blair, there is not much that people know about this culturally diverse and homely town in Middle Andaman. With largely attractive mangrove forests, elephant viewing activities, turtle nesting grounds, and the ever famous German Jetty, amongst all other tourist spots, this little town is an experience of its own. With its quaint beaches and tourist destinations, you will have the most authentic experience of life at the scenic and ever-so-peaceful beaches.

Location

An island with a plethora of Asian cultures, Mayabunder is a 100-year-old island town in the Northern part of Middle Andaman. A seaport settles by the Burmese hill tribe Karen, Mayabunder is located on majestic farmland of rice paddies and forests, surrounded by the glistening ocean. To go to Mayabunder Island, the Andaman Islands, which is around 300 kilometers from Port Blair, transport facilities to travel by road, sea, and air are available for you to reach Mayabunder at your best convenience. These facilities can be accessed in terms of both government and privately run services.

Culture

Located between Rangat and Diglipur, Mayabunder is home to several villages, scattered along the way with tall, majestic mangroves. With Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Bengali being a few of the most spoken languages at Mayabunder, there is a vast multicultural community to give you the best experience in your travels. Its Burmese heritage and historical past make it stand out from the rest in terms of the sightseeing experiences in Mayabunder. Its rich history and the community harmony play a very important role in the extremely welcoming hospitality of the people of the town. The simplicity of life here in Mayabunder beats all the materialistic services and destinations you can find in your travels anywhere. Even with numerous Hotels & Resorts at Mayabunder Island, Andaman Islands, many native households take in guests, and can give you the best authentic experience of life at Mayabunder!

Key attractions

There are many places to visit in Mayabunder Island.

With a vast network of attractions, these places in the island will definitely be an experience you do not want to miss. A few of these places may require you to travel by more than one mode of transport, but the end result and the beauty of the destinations is, by no doubt, worth all the effort.

Karmatang Beach

Karmatanag Beach at Mayabunder Island, Andaman Islands isone of the most peaceful beaches at Mayabunder Island and is guaranteed to give one a good relaxing experience. From swimming to picnics and other family activities, there is a lot to do here in this scenic yet quiet beach. Boat rides, turtle watching and other activities are also famous here.

Interview Island

Interview Island at Mayabunder Island located in a deep forest area, is a place with an abundance of nature. Covered with flora and fauna across the areas, one can find elephants scattered throughout in their natural habitat, within the freedom of their home in the forest lands. Treks and Safari rides are the best ways to experience this island in its glory. 

Avis Island

The coconut island of the group of islands, Avis Island in Mayabunder Island, Andaman Islands is one of the most exotic places in Mayabunder. The golden sand beaches and beautiful oceanic waters of this island are home to hundreds of tall and majestic coconut trees, making it a picture perfect destination.

Austin X

Filled with opportunities for trekking, sightseeing, wildlife watching, and everything nature enthusiasts would love. With animals having their own time and space here, it is evident that the photographic opportunities are the highest. AustinX Beach at Mayabunder Island, Andaman Islands is a place for all the wildlife and nature lovers who want to get away from the urban life and reconnect with nature.

Ray Hills

Ray hills in Mayabander Island is an eco-village maintained by the Forest and Plantation Development Corporation that is the most ideal place for trekking, adventure sports, picnics, elephant rides and so forth. Completely environmentally friendly and plastic-free, Ray Hills is a destination where one can just relax, go about with activities, and have exciting adventures – all while helping conserve the environment! 

Elephant viewing

We all love watching funny videos of elephants online, right? However, looking at elephants in their natural habitat is one of the most wholesome things you can do. Elephant viewing is, in its own, a different experience – to watch them in their natural habitat, amongst their own community. It is a fact that elephants are very community-oriented and always prefer to stay with their loved ones. The trend of elephant viewing has now become a common practice for tourists visiting exotic locations. Mayabunder is no exception to this.

Why Mayabunder?

There is a huge population of elephants in Mayabunder Island, and the opportunity is such that every tourist visiting this island town will have the best elephant viewing experience. The elephants are unchained and deeply loved and cared for by the locals of the town. Here, your time as a tourist will be enhanced with your time with the ever-friendly elephants.

Experience

This activity of elephant viewing is, essentially, something that will make your trip to Mayabunder stand out from the rest. To watch and spend time with one of nature’s wonders in the deep forests, in their habitat, can make one feel grateful for being there, watching these elephants with their families. In addition to that, there are many packages of elephant viewing in Mayabunder that are guaranteed to tempt one into this wonderful, peaceful activity.

Rates

The prices may vary according to the seasons and areas of elephant viewing. Every vendor has their own price. 

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Mayabunder Island is ideally in the summer, when you can enjoy the beautiful scenes at the beaches, the waves in the ocean and the warm yet windy nature of the islands. It is advised that you not visit the island in the monsoon season as your experience will be very limited with the waves in the oceans being uncontrollable and unfavourable for one to swim in. However, the winter season can sometimes prove to be a pleasant time to travel here with the chilly winds and cool weather all across the towns. In terms of elephant viewing, irrespective of the weather and climate, this is an experience that will always prove to be fruitful.

Safety precautions

While travelling for elephant viewing, one is advised to be calm and reserved in the places that the guides suggest you stay in. It is always better to not infringe upon the elephants’ personal space to not startle them about people watching them. Please keep your belongings safe and keep a distance from the wild as per the guide’s instructions.

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