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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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Countless intellectuals and philosophers have given us elegant quotes around the journey being often more beautiful/important/memorable than the ultimate destination. If you are a traveller at heart, my would agree, as we do. As Port Blair is the capital, it receives travellers from all around the world and becomes the starting point for any/all kinds of travel in Andamans. In other words, Port Blair is the gateway to exploring the Andaman archipelago. Port Blair is well-connected to all major cities of India, and the Veer Savarkar International airport is approximately at a distance of 5 kilometres from the citycentre.

Far from the mainland India, Diglipur Island lies roughly 298kilometres via road and 100 nautical miles (180 kilometres) via sea from Port Blair. To experience Diglipur at its best, plan your visit during winters and the post-monsoon months, i.e., September to February as the weather remains pleasant.Travellers have the luxury to choose their preferred mode of transportation.

  • How to Reach Port Blair By Road

    How to Reach Port Blair By Road

    The journey of almost 13 hours traversing through the tropical rain forest of Andaman is prevalent amid the thrill-seekers, and those drawn towards flora and idyllic life of these islands. Andaman Trunk road runs north from Port Blair to Diglipur island through a coveted jungle while spanning three creeks and the Jarawatribal province on the way. The route is coastal for the majority ofthe journey, and the ferries connect the islands by dropping the vehicle on other shores. An adventure in itself, the road trip from Port Blair to Dilgipur, given the number of hours it takes to arrive at the final destination, is also quiteexhilarating.

    Daily buses between Port Blair and Diglipur run in the morning. Buses depart from the centre ofthe city, Aberdeen Bazaar, and there’s a ticket booking office opposite the police stand. The most preferred one departs around 4:30 AM. It is advisable to purchase the tickets well ahead of time to avoid any last-minute hassle. These buses are the cheapest mode of transport to reachDiglipur.

  • How to Reach Port Blair By Sea

    How to Reach Port Blair By Sea

    While planning a getaway to Diglipur, one can also take the journey of almost 8-9 hours sailingvia ferry from Port Blair to Diglipur. The island is attainable by boat/ferry from Port Blair & Mayabunder. take nearly 10 hours. Overnight cruises are also a delightful and more comfortable mode of sailing the waters.

    The ferry departs from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair, halts at Rangat and eventually reaches Diglipur. Like other modes of public transport, the travel time here depends upon the number of passengers boarding and deboardingat each stop. There are direct ship services available three to four times every week from Phoenix Bay to Aerial Bay. Diglipur is roughly 9 kilometres from Aerial Bay. The ticket bookings are usually open a day or two prior to the departure and might prove rigid for travellers with less time on hand. One can buy tickets at the administration block by the Dolphin roundabout in Port Blair, and the return ticket from Diglipuritself.

  • How to Reach Port Blair By Air />

    How to Reach Port Blair By Air

    Nothing beats helicopters when it comes to experiencing the thrill of a lifetime. Without a shred of doubt, they are the most agile and convenient mode of transport, as compared to the former alternatives. The journey offers breath-taking aerial panoramic glimpses of the islands and is worth emptying your pockets a little more. There are luggage restrictions, and it is advisable to travel lighter. If it sounds too good to be true, here is a catch. The seats are limited, and often full so one must check the tourism information centre regarding the fare, timings and availability of seats. We recommend travellers to book their tickets days in advance to ensure their smooth and hassle-free ride above theocean.

    Getting a seat in one of the choppers is not an easy task for private visitors or travellers as the service is already in huge demand owing to its speed and reasonable price.

Then, the priority list hosts government officials, VIPs and medical cases first. With luck, patience and time to spare, travellers find themselves at the bottom of the priority list. Though it is highly unlikely, yet it is possible and worth trying for sure. As of December 2019, the one-way cost to fly from Port Blair to Diglipur is INR5250 . Most of the travellers arrive at Andamans to explore the most popular and easily reachable Havelock and Neil islands. Perhaps the best-kept secret of Andaman, Diglipur demands visitors to go beyond their comfort zones, and begin the journey from southern Andamans to thenorthern province of the archipelago. Inhabitants of Andamans, irrespective of where they live and what they do, contribute to the cause of ecotourism enthusiastically. It’s their effort and diligence that has led to Diglipur earning the fame of being one of the ultimate eco-friendly destinations.

Diglipur, a small hamlet in North Andamans, hums with a sense of liveliness. This town is a waystation for farther travel getaways like the Ross and Smith Islands, Kalipur and Lamiya Bay and the Saddle Peak National Park. Consequently, this town provides a plethora of ventures; making it a tranquil and adventuresome escapade amongst the calm waters and mud volcanoes. Drive, sail or ride to see sights of spectacular islands, beaches, creeks, virgin shorelines, lush jungles and muchmore.

Anthropological Museum

Cellular Jail

Chatham Saw Mill

Chidiyatapu Beach

Corbyn’s Cove

Fishries Musem

Forest Museum

Japanese Bunker

Jolly Buoy

Mount Harriet

North Bay Island

Ross Island

Sagarika Emporium

Samudrika Naval Musem

Viper Island

Wandoor Beach

  • About Port Blair

    About Port Blair

  • Do's & Don'ts


  • Andaman Islands FAQs

    • Q1.   How many days should I spend in Port Blair?

      This is a very common question among people travelling the Andaman Islands. Port, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is the entry gate to explore the island as the one and the only airport is located here. The city is popular for its natural charm and rich history. We would recommend spending at least two days here as there is a lot to see when it comes to historical events and natural beauty. If you have more time in hand, then you can extend one day here.

    • Q2.   Why Port Blair is famous?

      The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is home to a rich expanse of beauty and serenity, and Port Blair is the entryway to this splendor. You can check out its famous museums along with spotting flora and fauna and rich marine life here. Taking an evening stroll at Marina Park to feel the tropical breeze on your face would be a mesmerising experience. In Port Blair, you can walk past the Japanese Bunkers, go for exciting water sports, see the island’s high peaks, and know about its rich culture and diversity. History buffs especially love this place so much.

    • Q3.   When should I visit Port Blair?

      The best time to visit Port Blair is between November and March. The monsoon season is from June to September. Because Port Blair is located on an island, there may be light showers even during other seasons as well.

    • Q4.   How can I reach Port Blair?

      There are two ways to reach Port Blair—by air and by sea. However, taking a flight is the best mode as it is faster and more comfortable. Veer Savarkar International Airport, the only commercial airport of the Andaman Islands, is located in Port Blair. There are daily direct flights from Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. Thus, it is a better option. There are ships also to reach Port Blair but they do not offer so much comfort. A ship journey is only recommended if you are willing to experience a voyage on the sea. Adventure lovers may love this option.

    • Q5.   What are the options to get around Port Blair?

      Local transportation in Port Blair is quite convenient and offers a smooth commute. Roads are well-built here and places are not so far from each other. Locals are also very helpful here and will guide you in case you are lost. The internet doesn’t work properly here. So you can carry a map or an offline map with you. To get around Port Blair, the recommended options are as follows:

      • Tourist taxis
      • Bike rentals
      • Auto rickshaws
      • Public transport
      • Airport/hotel pick-up and drop off
    • Q6.   How can I travel from Port Blair to other islands in the Andamans?

      All the other islands are easily accessible from Port Blair via land or sea. There are three options to commute from get transferred to other islands: 

      • Private Ferries- These ferries connect Port Blair, Havelock, Baratang, and Neil Island. Some of the cruises available are Makruzz, Coastal Cruise, Green Ocean, etc.
      • Government Ferries- These ferries connect Port Blair to Havelock, Neil Island, Little Andaman, Diglipur, and Nicobar (not accessible to tourists).
      • By Road- Only North Andaman comprising Baratang, Rangat, Mayabundar, and Diglipur are connected via road. Cabs and buses are available here. 
    • Q7.   Which are the must-see places in Port Blair?

      Port Blair offers the perfect combo of adventure, history, and beauty. There is a lot to see and do. Ranging from monuments of historical importance to enthralling water sports, the capital city has everything. You should visit the below-mentioned places when in Port Blair:

      • Cellular Jail- The jail was constructed as solitary confinement for Indian political prisoners. It was the most dreaded and grueling colonial jail, which was also referred to as Kala Pani.
      • Corbyn’s Cove Beach- One of the most famous beaches in Port Blair, people come here for boating, water scooters, and jet skiing as well. 
      • Veer Savarkar Park- You can witness the pride of the past in the form of a really good collection of statues of our freedom fighters. The park also has a few rides for kids. 
      • Samudrika Naval Marine Museum- You will see there an aquarium with fish of all shapes and sizes ranging from parrotfish to the rare and venomous species of stonefish and corals.
      • Japanese Bunkers- Reminiscent of World War II, these relics of the bygone era can be easily spotted across Port Blair tourist places.
      • Chatham Saw Mill- A well-known wood processor in Asia, the British administration set up this mill in 1883.
      • Manglutan Village- This village is located in the southern region of the Andaman Islands that is known for its rubber plantations covering an area of 60 acres.
      • Murugan Temple- It is the biggest pilgrim site of the Andaman Islands, which is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva.
    • Q8.   Which water sports can I try in Port Blair?

      The Andaman Islands is the hub of all kinds of water sports and adventure activities. Port Blair, especially, has become a sought-after destination for offering everything. Here, one can go for jet skiing, glass-bottom boating, parasailing, seaplane ride, etc. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is the perfect place for enjoying different exciting water sports in one place. You will find paddleboats, rowboats, speed boats, banana boats, and a lot more here. The best time to visit the complex would be the summer season.

    • Q9.   Are there any places to visit around Port Blair?

      If you have got more time in hand, then you can also explore the following beaches and islands around Port Blair:

      • Chidiya Tapu
      • Ferar Beach
      • Parrot Island
      • Katchal Island
      • Amkunj Beach
      • Rutland Island 
      • Cinque Island
      • Diglipur Island
      • Butler Bay Beach
      • Karmatang Beach
      • Lamiya Bay Beach
      • Little Andaman Island
    • Q10.   Which are some of the best hotels and resorts in Port Blair?

      When in Port Blair, you can choose to stay at any of these accommodations: 

      1-Star

      • Hotel Kavitha Regent
      • Hotel Shreesh
      • Hotel Rhishabh

      2-Star

      • Sun Sea Resort
      • Hotel TSG Emerald View
      • Hotel NK International
      • Hotel Holiday Inn
      • Hotel Blue Sea
      • J Hotel 
      • Hotel Blue Mmarlin

      3-Star

      • Hotel Aparupa
      • Hotel Sentinel
      • Peerless Sarovar Portico
      • The North Reef
      • Hotel Silver Spring
      • Hotel TSG Grand
      • Hotel SR Castle
      • Hotel Luxor Grand

      4-Star

      • Sea Shell Resorts
      • ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
      • Keys Select Hotel Aqua Green
      • Sea Princess Beach Resort
    • Q11.   Are accommodations in Port Blair costly?

      Properties in Port Blair cater to all requirements when it comes to accommodation. Whether you are on a budget trip or a luxurious vacation, you can easily find a hotel as per your requirements. Depending on the tourist seasons, tariff varies between peak and low. It is highly advisable that you should book your stay in advance as the prices may go up drastically during peak season. Also, the best places get full so soon. 

      • Low Budget- INR 500- 3000 (per night)
      • Mid-range- INR 4000- 8000 (per night)
      • Premium stays- INR 9000- 12000 (per night)
    • Q12.   Which are some of the best restaurants in Port Blair?

      There are a number of restaurants and food outlets in Port Blair serving all kinds of tourists. Whether you are looking for a fine dining place or a pocket-friendly outlet that serves mouth-watering food, you are sure to get complete worth for your money. Some of the best restaurants and food outlets in the capital city are as follows:

      • New Lighthouse Residency 
      • Annapurna Restaurant 
      • Ananda Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
      • Rola Costa Restaurant & Juice Center 
      • Gagan Restaurant
      • Icy Spicy family Restaurant
      • Sea Food Delight 
      • Tandoor 
      • Cafe Down Under 
      • TRIO - The Family Restaurant
      • Bella Bay Dinner Cruise
      • Anju Coco Family Restaurant 
      • Rajasthani Dhaba
      • Happy Belly
      • Gem Continental
    • Q13.   Are the network and the internet smooth in Port Blair?

      The network is not smooth in Port Blair. The internet is extremely slow. Only the BSNL network works there. Many cafes, restaurants, and hotels do provide WiFi facility but even that is quite disrupted. If you want to buy a local number in the Andaman Islands, then buy a BSNL sim card. It will be easily available there.

    • Q14.   How is the weather in Port Blair?

      There are mainly three seasons in Port Blair—summer, winter, and monsoon. Located in the Bay of Bengal, the capital city witnesses heavy winds during the monsoon and a tropical climate otherwise. The best weather can be enjoyed from early November to mid-May. Port Blair is situated at a slightly elevated area. Therefore, it experiences a bit lower temperature as compared to the other places in the Andamans.

    • Q15.   Which language do people of Port Blair speak?

      Port Blair has diversified religions, cultures, and linguistic groups. English is less preferred, and Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil are the most commonly spoken languages here. If you know any of these languages, then getting around is very easy.

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