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Andaman tourism in COVID times

November 9, 2020

Hurray !! Finally Andaman tourism is open again for tourists. In this blog I have mentioned all you need to know for travelling to Andamans post lockdown. Post lockdown the islands were declared open for tourism on the eve of world tourism day on 27 September 2020. Standard operating procedure for Andaman tourism was formed for phased reopening of all tourist places and activities.

All incoming passengers arriving to Port Blair Airport wef 26 December shall have to mandatorily carry negative RT-PCR test report from a ICMR recognized lab.

Here is the list of all ICMR approved labs for COVID testing in India

List of ICMR labs for covid test

 

Testing and Quarantine rules for travelling to Andaman post lockdown

There is no quarantine for tourists visiting Andamans. However all tourists arriving in Andaman need to undergo COVID testing as per the below mentioned procedure:

1. It is mandatory wef 26 December to get a negative RT-PCR test report for travelling to Port Blair.

2. No institutional or home quarantine is required to be observed if the tourist has tested negative either through RAT test at Airport or RTPCR/True Nat test at ICMR approved lab.

To know more about andaman tourism related guidelines and SOPs visit the official page of Andaman tourism at https://www.andamantourism.gov.in/Ann_all.php.

Getting a flight to Andaman

Flights to Andaman have been limited to restrict number of incoming passengers to Andamans. Thus many sectors have been withdrawn and as on date only 07 flights are permitted to land in Port Blair daily. It is advised to check with the airline before booking the flight tickets. Below is the flight schedule released by Andaman tourism till 27 March 2021.

Places you can visit in Andamans

As on 08 Nov 20 all islands of South Andaman except Little Andaman are open for tourists. Tourism in North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar group has not yey started. All beaches in Port Blair, Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) & Shaheed Dweep (Neil Island) have been opened. Cellular Jail and Anthropological museum are open too. Andaman tourism is witnessing a steady growth in terms of arrival of tourists to Andamans.

 

The government ferry schedule is as below :

SWARAJ DWEEP & SHAHEED DWEEP

29.12.2020 (TUESDAY)

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 29.12.2020 (Tue) at 0515 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0750 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 29.12.2020 (Tue) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 29.12.2020 (Tue) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 29.12.2020 (Tue) at 1000 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1530 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 29.12.2020 (Tue) at 1215 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep Jetty and will sail back to Shaheed Dweep at 1400 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 29.12.2020 (Tue) at 1100 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1330 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep via Shaheed Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 29.12.2020 (Tue) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 29.12.2020 (Tue) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

 

30.12.2020 (WEDNESDAY)

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 30.12.2020 (Wed) at 0515 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0750 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 30.12.2020 (Wed) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 30.12.2020 (Wed) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 30.12.2020 (Wed) at 1000 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1530 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 30.12.2020 (Wed) at 1215 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep Jetty and will sail back to Shaheed Dweep at 1400 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 30.12.2020 (Wed) at 1100 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1330 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep via Shaheed Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 30.12.2020 (Wed) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 30.12.2020 (Wed) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

 

31.12.2020 (THURSDAY)

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 31.12.2020 (Thu) at 0515 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0750 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 31.12.2020 (Thu) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 31.12.2020 (Thu) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 31.12.2020 (Thu) at 1000 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1530 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 31.12.2020 (Thu) at 1215 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep Jetty and will sail back to Shaheed Dweep at 1400 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 31.12.2020 (Thu) at 1100 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1330 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep via Shaheed Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 31.12.2020 (Thu) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 31.12.2020 (Thu) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

 

01.01.2021 (FRIDAY)

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 01.01.2021 (Fri) at 0515 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0750 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 01.01.2021 (Fri) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 01.01.2021 (Fri) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 01.01.2021 (Fri) at 1000 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1530 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 01.01.2021 (Fri) at 1215 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep Jetty and will sail back to Shaheed Dweep at 1400 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 01.01.2021 (Fri) at 1100 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1330 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep via Shaheed Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 01.01.2021 (Fri) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 01.01.2021 (Fri) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

 

02.02.2021 (SATURDAY)

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 02.02.2021 (Sat) at 0515 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0750 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 02.02.2021 (Sat) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 02.02.2021 (Sat) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 02.02.2021 (Sat) at 1000 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1530 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 02.02.2021 (Sat) at 1215 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep Jetty and will sail back to Shaheed Dweep at 1400 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 02.02.2021 (Sat) at 1100 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1330 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep via Shaheed Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 02.02.2021 (Sat) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 02.02.2021 (Sat) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

 

03.03.2021 (SUNDAY)

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 03.03.2021 (Sun) at 0515 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0750 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 03.03.2021 (Sun) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 03.03.2021 (Sun) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 03.03.2021 (Sun) at 1000 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1530 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 03.03.2021 (Sun) at 1215 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep Jetty and will sail back to Shaheed Dweep at 1400 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 03.03.2021 (Sun) at 1100 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1330 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep via Shaheed Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 03.03.2021 (Sun) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 03.03.2021 (Sun) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

 

04.04.2021 (MONDAY)

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 04.04.2021 (Mon) at 0515 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0750 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 04.04.2021 (Mon) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 04.04.2021 (Mon) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 04.04.2021 (Mon) at 1000 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1530 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 04.04.2021 (Mon) at 1215 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep Jetty and will sail back to Shaheed Dweep at 1400 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 04.04.2021 (Mon) at 1100 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1330 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep via Shaheed Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 04.04.2021 (Mon) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 04.04.2021 (Mon) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

 

05.05.2021 (TUESDAY)

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 05.05.2021 (Tue) at 0515 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0750 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 05.05.2021 (Tue) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Rani Lakshmi will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 05.05.2021 (Tue) at 0630 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 0900 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Shaheed Dweep on 05.05.2021 (Tue) at 1000 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1530 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep.

MV Wandoor will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 05.05.2021 (Tue) at 1215 Hrs from Shaheed Dweep Jetty and will sail back to Shaheed Dweep at 1400 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Bambooka will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 05.05.2021 (Tue) at 1100 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1330 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep via Shaheed Dweep.

MV Strait Island will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 05.05.2021 (Tue) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

MV Kamorta will sail for Swaraj Dweep on 05.05.2021 (Tue) at 1400 Hrs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and will sail for Port Blair on the same day at 1630 Hrs from Swaraj Dweep.

 

Activities now open for tourists

Andaman tourism has accorded permissions for water sports activities such as Jet Ski rides, inflatable rides, Parasailing and snorkeling. Scuba Diving has also started in North Bay and  Havelock Island.  All activities will be allowed subject to adherence to COVID protocols and MHA guidelines. Andaman tourism is ensuring that tourists are delivered a safe and secure holiday experience.

What if you test positive on arrival ?

If the tourist on arrival at airport tests positive, 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 tourist as fixed by the administration from time to time. (Presently Rs. 1000/- for isolation at ITI Dollygunj COVID Ward).

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) If allowed by doctors.

It is mandatory to get yourself tested for COVID  within 48 hours before your arrival wef 26 Dec 2020.

Below is the health bulletin released by A&N Administration depicting the overall COVID cases in Andaman as on 01 December 20.

For more update on the Andaman tourism and COVID situation in Andamans visit the official website of the Directorate of Health Services, Andaman & Nicobar https://dhs.andaman.gov.in/

Compared to mainland India, Andaman tourism is much safer in terms of COVID spread. Andaman Administration has made all possible efforts to provide quality health care and quarantine  support to ensure that travelling to Andaman post lockdown is safe for you. Andaman Tourism has been started in a phased manner following all safety measures and COVID protocols. Given the fact that COVID has totally changed our lives, we too need to survive with the new normal. Andaman is fully prepared to welcome tourists with utmost care and with the same warmth and hospitality.


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