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.
Vijay Nagar Beach is situated on the eastern coast of Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). It will not be wrong to call Vijay Nagar beach as a hidden treasure of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Yes, you heard it right! Emerald blue water, clean & long coastline, beach lined with coconut trees providing ample shade to simply lie down and appreciate the picture-perfect scenery.
Sunrise – Situated on the east coast of the island, Vijay Nagar Beach is really a great place to witness the beautiful sunrise. Not to mention, one should not miss the opportunity to capture this in camera. Make sure you reach the beach before sunrise to see the beauty of the dawn.
Relax & Rejuvenate – The Vijay Nagar Beach has a long coastline which is lined by coconut trees. Simply sit in their shade, read a book undisturbed, gaze at the clear blue water & surroundings, meditate, do yoga, walk, or run… whatever is an ideal rejuvenating & recreational activity for you. Here picnic with either friends & family is also a great activity to indulge in.
Photography – The views at the beach are just picture perfect. One can definitely click some postcards like photos here. Also, the natural beauty here can sure turn out to be an ideal background for your romantic clicks.
Accommodation – Are you planning to stay at Vijay Nagar Beach during your visit to Havelock? Well, then there are several hotels & resorts situated around the beach for every traveller. Some of these are Ocean Tree Beach Resort & Spa, Munjoh Ocean Resort, Island & Blue Beach Resort, Silver Sand Havelock and more. So, you can book one depending upon your budget.
How to Reach – Vijay Nagar Beach is nearly 9 kilometres away from Havelock Jetty-the arriving point at Havelock. To commute to and from here one can use AC buses or rickshaw. For those who are keen to explore the area on their own then renting a motorcycle or bicycle would be a great option.
Best Time to Visit – Vijay Nagar Beach is a year-round destination. Every season has its own charm here. Yet, it is undisputed that most of the travellers visit here during Winters (November to February). This is also the peak tourist season of the area. During Summers the temperature generally does not rises beyond 32°C. Though, it might get humid at this time of the year, yet the cool breeze helps you stay cool and calm & enjoy the surroundings.
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