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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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