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  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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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Bicycle rental in Neil Island

Explore Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) on a bi-cycle

As the rustic Neil Island urges us to slow down a little to immerse in its beauty which is hardly stretched to five kilometres in length, it is best explored on foot. Walking across the coconut farms, visiting the neighbourhood and familiarising yourself with the local markets in the tiny little island to know it better is only possible when you travel slow and observe more.

By any chance, walking isn’t something that you can consider even if you wish to, you have an alternative here. Here, cycling is recommended to explore the destination as much as long walks. At Neil Island, cycling is not only a fun activity for couples and friends during sunset but also a mode of commute within the island.

With the availability of many bike rentals at small distances, hiring a cycle is never a hassle here. The shops charge a nominal fee on a per-day basis which they deduct from the security deposit and return the remaining amount once you return the bicycle.

Why cycling? If this is the question lingering on your mind or you are wondering if there any mode of commute within the island then, the answer you get is ‘yes’. You can also rent a bike or a car and freely roam around. Though tiny in area, Neil Island is as good as its neighbouring islands Havelock Island (Swaraj Deep) and Port Blair when it is about logistics. To commute within the island, you can also take a bus or a cab to save little money. Well, you can pick all of these alternatives to cycling while exploring other islands but, Neil Island has a flat terrain perfect for cycling which is not the case in other islands in Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.

Post renting a bicycle early in the morning, you can directly head to Bharatpur beach to watch people trying some adventure water sports activities after catching the sunrise. Bharatpur beach located 500 metres away from the Neil Jetty, is one of the first popular spots you will come across and hence heading there wouldn’t be of any difficulty. Later, you can stroll around the streets of Neil Island to understand the local vibe and if not tired then take the route to Laxmanpur Beach 1 to catch the sunset.

You can cycle around Neil Island until a few hours post the sunset as everything shuts once it starts to get dark. Entry to beaches is prohibited, markets are closed and, you will hardly find anyone on the streets. Post evening, you are forced to spend some time in tranquillity and witness the magnificent sky full of star and moon at your accommodation.

Most of the accommodations, irrespective of being hotels or resorts, have the facility of bicycle rentals. If not, they can help you get one using contacts. But, it mostly depends on the availability of the bicycle in stores. Therefore, pre-booking of your bi-cycling is a must here.

If you plan your visit to Neil Island and wish to explore the paradise cycling, we at the Andaman Islands Travels Pvt.Ltd. are at your service to help you with bookings.

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