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.
Stepping into the ocean can be a daunting task, especially when it is your first attempt. But with snorkelling, it gets a little easier. Unlike scuba diving, snorkelling lets you stay at the surface of the ocean to explore the gems hidden underneath the pristine blue waters.
Once you get into the research zone to figure out your next adventure sports destination, Andaman and Nicobar Island will be one of the first options to pop up on your screen. Andaman and Nicobar group of Islands is not the only abode of serene and untouched beaches but also hosts a vibrant coral ecosystem in and around water. All the islands in archipelago boast colorful coral reefs and rich marine life making the Andaman and Nicobar Islands one of the best destinations across the globe for underwater adventures.
Away from all the hustle-bustle of tourist destinations, at Neil Island (ShaheedDweep), Bharatpur beach is the ultimate destination for all the water sports activities. Snorkeling is one such adventure sport that doesn’t have any age barrier. Anyone who wishes to meet the world a couple of metres below the sea surface can give snorkeling an attempt. If one wishes to get more adventurous, then a dive for a brief period under the guidance of an instructor can allow them to see more corals and magnificent shoal of fish.
To explore the exquisite marine world that boasts of vivid corals and aquatic animals through snorkeling, you will only need a mask and snorkel. The instructors head to the beach at 8:00 am to continue the adventures session for the next few hours. Usually, the snorkeling session lasts for 30 minutes and for that you have to make your booking days before you reach the island.
After you feel a little comfortable with water, try to relax without taking too much stress about everything around you. You are not here to conquer the world but live some wonderful moments before you head back to the hectic life. Snorkeling is like a peace therapy, and you need to calm yourself down. Look around, breathe slowly and feel alive while fish swim past you. The beaches of Neil Island are undoubtedly the most wonderful sights, but the real treasures lie a few feet below the surface and, you shouldn’t miss taking a dip.