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  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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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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Experiences in Havelock Island

 Places to Visit in Havelock Island

From snorkelling to scuba diving, the beautiful Havelock Island is popular for a number of water sports. And if you are in for a marine experience, a ride in a glass-bottomed boat is ideal. So are you ready for such an adventure on one of the most famous Andaman Islands? If so, all you need to know is how you can reach there. Keep reading to find out./p>

Travelling to Port Blair

First of all, in order to reach Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), you need to reach the capital of the Andamans, Port Blair. This city can be reached in two ways: by air and by sea. While travelling by air is more time-saving, the latter is a more economical option.

You can take a direct flight from Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, and Kolkata to Port Blair. However, if you are travelling from another city, you will need to book a connecting flight. Typically, the journey is between 2 and 3 hours by air.

In case you wish to travel by sea, you will be required to take a ferry that starts in Kolkata or Chennai. However, it can take nearly 60 hours, which is why we recommend you travel by air.

Travelling from Port Blair to Havelock

Once you have arrived at the capital of the Andaman Islands, you can take a trip to Havelock Island by air or by sea. The island is located 70 kilometres northeast of Port Blair, which is pretty close. The seaplanes take nearly 20 minutes to reach while a government ferry can take nearly 2.5 hours. In this case, we recommend the latter since it will provide you with an unforgettable experience of a sea journey. In fact, you can also opt for a private ferry and reach the island within 90 minutes.

Remember to book the tickets for your ferry well in advance to avoid any trouble. Further, if you are travelling during the peak season, it can be extremely difficult to get tickets on spot. In such a scenario, you will not be left with many choices.

Ferries ply from Port Blair to Havelock Island nearly once a day, which is mostly during the mornings. Due to safety concerns, they do not typically ply after 4 in the evening.

Travelling in Havelock Island

Getting around on Swaraj Dweep is relatively easy. The roads are straight and narrow. One cannot get lost on the island, considering the well-connected roads beside the welcoming and helpful nature of the locals. Moreover, the villages and beaches in Havelock are also organized based on numbers.

The simplest way to travel on the island is through a two-wheeler motor vehicle. You can rent one on a daily basis that costs nearly INR 400 for a day. The fuel stations close by 5 pm.

The Bottom Line

Havelock Island, being one of the most stunning islands, is a must-visit place when spending a vacation on the Andaman Islands. You can reach here by a government or private ferry from Port Blair, which takes 2.5 hours and 1.5 hours respectively.

Elephant Beach

Famous for its bright coral reefs, Elephant Beach is on every traveller’s itinerary. The water here allows visitors to enjoy sea creature like turtles, sea anemones, and different colourful fishes. Not to mention water activities like sea walk, kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, diving, and swimming can be enjoyed here. Clean shores and the surrounding natural beauty leave every traveller spellbound.

Kalapathar Beach

This less crowded and deserted beach is an ideal place to enjoy picnic with friends and family. Cook your own food, dance to the music while enjoying surroundings. Capture some beautiful views in your camera. Or simply enjoy your me-time and see the day pass-by.

Vijaynagar Beach

It is an ideal place to spend some quality time with your partner. The beach is quite popular amongst newly-weds seeking some space. The sunrise in particular cannot be missed at Vijayanagar Beach. Apart from this one can enjoy sunbath, swimming, & photography.

Reaching Havelock Island – The best way to reach the Havelock Island via sea route – using a ferry.

Best Time to Visit – Every season has its own charm in Havelock. However, the months starting from November to May are best to visit here. During these months the weather remains pleasant to enjoy and explore the region.

  • About

    Havelock Island or Swaraj Dweep is an island away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. Mostly covered in dense forests, the white sandy beaches of Havelock are shaded by tall, lush green trees. So if you think that the crystal blue, warm waters of the Andaman Ocean are calling you out for an adventure, visiting Havelock is a must.

    Before you plan your Andaman itinerary, there are several things you must know about Havelock Island. From the places you can explore to the activities you can perform; you will find everything you need to know in this blog. Let’s get started.

    Havelock Island: An Overview

    One of the most tourist-friendly islands on the Andaman, Havelock Islands have everything that a traveller can think of exploring in the tropics. The mesmerizing underwater world, the laid-back vibe, and the picturesque beaches are some of the most loved things. Moreover, there are a variety of accommodations available, which include luxury villas, bamboo cottages, resorts, and guesthouses.

    Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) even has some internet cafes, several ATMs, and many gift shops. And to top it all, the multinational cuisine restaurants will leave you hungry for more.

    Best Time to Visit Havelock Island

    Tourism is at its peak from December to March. Nonetheless, the best time to visit Havelock Island is from November to mid-May. The monsoon season is from June to September, which is why we advise against travelling during these months. Also, if you are looking forward to water sports, February and March are ideal for high visibility and low tides. Regardless, carry waterproof bags and raincoats since light rains are always expected as a result of a tropical climate.

    How Long Should You Stay in Havelock?

    We recommend you dedicate at least two days of your vacation in the Andaman Islands to Havelock Island. The place has a number of magnificent beaches, which include Kalapathar Beach, Elephant Beach, and Radhanagar Beach. And in case you are interested in exploring the marine life, add an extra night in Havelock to the itinerary.

    Traveling in Havelock Island

    There are numerous ways to travel in Havelock Island, some of which are:

      • Public Transport

    If you are on a budget trip, you can consider opting for public buses or shared jeeps to commute from one place to another on the island.

      •  Auto Rickshaw

    You can take an auto-rickshaw for commuting in Havelock Island. A short trip can cost you anywhere between INR 50 and INR 200. On the other hand, if you take a ride to Radhanagar Beach, it can cost you around INR 700 to INR 1000 based on the location of your residence.

      • Two-Wheeler Rental

    The best way to travel around on the island is by renting a two-wheeler, which can cost you around INR 400 to INR 500 for a day. Nonetheless, we recommend against opting for these if you visit during monsoon since the roads are slippery.

    • Taxis

    If budget is not an issue, you can rent a taxi from Havelock jetty. Tourist taxis are overly priced and may require certain bargaining skills.

     Places to Visit in Havelock Island

  • FAQs

     Places to Visit in Havelock Island

  • Do's & Don'ts

     Places to Visit in Havelock Island

    The Andaman Islands are famous for their lush green forests and scenic beauties. In case you are planning to visit the islands and intend to spend a few days on Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), there are a few things you must take into account.

    Below, we have mentioned certain dos and don’ts for the purpose of your safety and enjoyment. Abiding by these will help you stay out of trouble while you obtain the experience of a lifetime during your stay at Havelock Island.

    Do’s in Havelock Island

    • Keep a photostat of your tickets and permits with you everywhere you go.
    • Before you book with a tour operator, check their certification.
    • The sun and the tropical sea wind combined can cause harm to your skin. We thus advise you to carry sunscreen along with you.
    • If you are a foreign national, you must carry your restricted area permit with you everywhere.
    • In case you witness undesirable or illegal activity on Havelock Island, inform the concerned authorities immediately.
    • In case you plan to go scuba diving, we recommend you perform the same under the supervision of certified instructors. They can be certified by one of these international organizations: NAUI, CMAS, and PADI.
    • Be thoughtful of the lifestyle and privacy of the local tribes.
    • When visiting a national park on Havelock Island, obtain the required permits from concerned authorities.
    • Always carry legal papers, such as your driving license and permits with you.
    • Make use of the dustbins to dispose of garbage. Havelock Island is a clean place. Kindly do not dispose of the waste on beaches, in parks, in public places, or into the sea.

    Don’ts in Havelock Island

    • Do not go snorkelling unaccompanied, specifically in regions of the beaches that are prohibited.
    • Do not ride a two-wheeler motor vehicle without wearing a helmet. The authorities at Havelock Island are firm about road safety. The rider as well as the pillion are required to wear helmets at all times.
    • Do not ignore the crocodile signs on beaches. People have earlier been attacked by these creatures due to ignorance.
    • Do not overstay your permit on Havelock Island.
    • It is unacceptable to go nude on Havelock Island beaches as well as in public areas.
    • Do not swim post-consumption of liquor. It is not safe and has massive consequences as well.
    • Kindly do not photograph or record the aboriginal tribes of Havelock Island. If found doing so, you will be punished for the crime.
    • Do not break or touch a coral that is alive. We recommend against the collection of deal corals likewise.
    • Do not light bonfires or go camping on beaches or forests of Havelock Island. Unless you have obtained a permit, it is a punishable crime.
    • Do not spend the night on beaches or in the forests of Havelock Island. We advise you always head back to your residence before the sun sets.
    • Do not travel to a tribal reserve unless you have a special pass for the same.
    • Do not smoke in a public place on Havelock Island.

  • Andaman Islands FAQs

    • Q1.   How to reach Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)?

      Havelock Island is located nearly 70 kilometres away from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands. So once you reach Port Blair by sea or by air, you have two choices to reach Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). Either you can travel by air or by sea. A seaplane or helicopter takes around 20 minutes to reach the island. On the other hand, you can consider taking a ferry, which is our personal recommendation. While government ferries can take around 2.5 hours to travel from Port Blair to Havelock, private ferries take merely 90 minutes.

    • Q2.   Which are the must-visit places in Havelock Island?

      While Havelock Island has several tourist attractions, the following are the ones that you must visit during your stay here:

      • Sitapur Beach: Popular as Sunrise Beach, Sitapur Beach is home to purple sunsets, orange sunrises, and lush green palm trees. Unexplored by many, the place is best for swimming and basking in sun.
      • Neil Island: Located 40 kilometres away from Havelock Island, Neil Island is perfect for relishing in relaxation. And if you wish to explore the marine life up close, take a glass-bottom ride.
      • Kala Pathar Beach: The beach gets its name from the black stones, which it is rich in. The lush green forests, calmness, and crystal-clear waters are what you should visit the place for.
    • Q3.   Which are the most popular beaches on Havelock Island?

      Havelock Island is renowned for its beaches, some of which are:

      • Vijay Nagar Beach: Famous for its picture-perfect beauty, Vijay Nagar Beach is perfect for travellers looking to spend some time away from the crowd. You can even go bird-watching, deep-sea diving, snorkelling, and kayaking here.
      • Radhanagar Beach: One of the best beaches in the continent, Radhanagar Beach has a number of accommodation choices for all kinds of travellers. Moreover, you can opt for a rejuvenating spa after spending time in the shade of palm trees.
      • Bharatpur Beach: Ideal for kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkelling, Bharatpur Beach is loved by people who have an itch for adventure.
    • Q4.   Is Havelock Island a good destination for scuba diving?

      Based on several factors like weather, water current, coral and fish population, water clarity, and water depth, Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) is considered to be the perfect destination for scuba diving. As a matter of fact, travellers from all over the world come to the islands for such an experience.

      There are numerous diving locations on Havelock Island, each famous for different reasons. Nemo Reef is often regarded as an ideal spot for scuba diving, both for amateurs and experienced divers. Other spots include Minerva Bridge, Pilot Reef, The Wall, Lighthouse, and Mac Point.

    • Q5.   Where should I stay in Havelock Island?

      One of the best places to stay on Havelock Island is the Havelock Island Beach Resort. Not only will you get to enjoy the white sandy beaches in isolation, but you will also get to wake up to gorgeous scenery. Further, the resort offers choices of rooms, such as deluxe cottages and luxury sea-facing cottages.

      Needless to mention, you get access to numerous facilities like spacious guest rooms, breakfast, car transfer services, and internet connectivity. What’s more, you can opt for a couple of spas at the end of a tiresome day for a romantic and refreshing experience.

    • Q6.   Which is the best place for a sea kart ride in the Andaman Islands?

      The Andaman Islands is the only place in India where one can enjoy a sea kart ride. To experience it, you have to visit Corbyn’s Cove Beach in Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands). It is a 30-minute long excursion that involves riding near Ross Island and back. While riding the kart, you can appreciate the beautiful coasts of the island.

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