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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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Water Sports at Rangat Island

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have long been known for being a tropical paradise. From the palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves to the lush rain forests, the picturesque beauty of the island have always been a wonder. The islands have been a contender of every traveler’s bucket list, housing an incredible ensemble of flora and fauna amidst the backdrop of bright tropical skies and scenic horizons.

While the islands have become a hotspot for great tourist attractions, there is still more to unravel from the Indian archipelago. One such hidden gem being the Rangat Island.

Location:

Rangat is a small town in the middle Andaman. Situated approximately 180 km from Port Blair, this island holds a huge array of stunning beaches, turtle nesting gardens, evergreen waterfalls, and a diverse mangrove ecosystem under its wings. It has all the aesthetic beauty of nature bundled up inside. In recent years it has immensely grown in the prospective of an ideal eco-friendly tourist destination proving to be suitable for travelers of all ages.

The town is well connected by sea and road routes. You can reach the island via Port Blair. There are several facilities available for the means of transport, the most economical being taking a bus. Other option includes a private cab or taking a ferry boat route. The island offers several accommodations.

Once you reach Rangat, the island is your oyster. Although this town’s population is small, the amazing cultural diversity and layers of traditions blend together. The people here belong to a variety of linguistic groups predominantly Bengali and Tamil. There are many cuisines available on the island at local small eateries and dhabbas.

Key Attractions:

Now for your wanderlust needs, Rangat offers a lush variety of sightseeing spots well equipped with tourist activities. The key attractions of Rangat island include Cuthbert Bay beach, Panchvati hills Amkunj beach, Dhaninallah Mangrove nature walkway, Moorys dare, to name a few. You can be one with nature here.

Top beaches in Rangat Island

Picture this; you are sitting on a beautiful beach away from the chitter-chatter of the world, away from your hectic job, your deadlines, amidst the rustling sounds of the trees with ocean waves flowing and the motion bringing you in a daze. Sounds like a wonderful dream.

Well, all this becomes a reality, thanks to the beautiful beaches of Rangat Island.

Cuthbert Bay beach

Located near Port Blair, this beach serves as the topmost tourist attraction spots in Rangat. Famous for its golden sandy beaches, the beach is also a settling ground for turtles and is a haven of turtle nesting. The whole shoreline can be sighted for baby turtles paddling from December to January. The beach also includes a wildlife sanctuary and an eco-hut for increasing the interaction with wildlife.

Amkunj beach

The beach is located at a distance of 8km from Rangat. While all other beaches provide a taste of marine life, the unique rocky shoreline of the Amkunj beach is perfect for a lazy late evening stroll. This beach serves as the best spot for enjoying sunrises and sunsets.

Moricedera Beach

Located at a distance of about 12 km from Amkunj beach, this is an excellent picnic and rest spot for your leisure activities. The uniqueness of the beach is attributed to the volcanic rock formation overlooking the sea.

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