COVID-19 Reopening Andaman Tourism Updates

Tourism is open in Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 27th September!

(This article is updated on 23rd October 2020) 

On the eve of World Tourism Day, the most loved tourist destination, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, officially opened for tourists. In the present, COVID scenario, this tourism reopening comes with a number of rules and restrictions which is set to change your Andaman traveling experience. 

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Source: https://www.covid19india.org/

MOST IMPORTANT 

Before you take on the post COVID-19 Andaman journey take note of the following points -:

  1. Mask wearing is mandatory at all public places.
  2. People above 65 years of age won’t be allowed to travel to Andaman
  3. There will be thermal checking and scanning at every entry and exit points. 
  4. The timings of most places have been changed and the opening hours have been reduced. So, you need more time in hand to visit places.
  5. No group photography is allowed in any places.  
  6. A list of places and activities are still closed please refer to the table below for more information-:

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Things to Note

  1. Beaches are open only from 10 AM to 5 PM
  2. Tourists are advised to maintain a minimum of two meters distance from one another in public places.
  3. There will be a cap on no. of tourists allowed in the Cellular Jail and tickets will be issued e-mode only
  4. Light and Sound show in Cellular Jail and Ross Island will operate with 50% of their capacity as they need to maintain social distancing. 
  5. We advice you to not book everything in advance as you might need to make last minute changes to plan.

Flights Operational – Post COVID Reopening

  • Many airlines like Indigo, Spice Jet, Air India, Go Air, Vistara are starting regular flights from 25th October. 
  • Direct Flights to Port Blair will now fly from Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi.
  • Check out flights on -:
  1. Cleartrip
  2. Makemytrip
  3. Goibibo
  4. ixigo
  • Flights are regularly getting diverted, delayed or cancelled. As flights are scarce and irregular, we suggest that you opt for refundable bookings. 

Cancellable/Refundable Hotels

Since post COVID traveling is still new and uncertain we recommend that you make fully refundable/cancellable hotel bookings. Here’s a curated list of hotels that are offering free cancellation till 2-4 days before booking day. 

Luxury Hotels

Sea Shell Resort, Port Blair

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Fortune Resort Bay Island, Port Blair

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Sea Shell Resort, Havelock

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Havelock Island Beach Resort

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Sea Shell Resort, Neil Island

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Summer Sand Beach Resort, Neil Island 

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Mid-Budget Hotels

Peerless Resort Port Blair

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The Port Vista Port Blair

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Symphony Palms Beach Resort, Havelock 

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Senses Havelock

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Emerald Gecko Resort, Neil Island

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Neil Banjara, Neil Island

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Budget Hotels

Andaman Castle Port Blair

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Wonderland Beach Resort, Havelock

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Megha Resort and Restaurant, Neil Island

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Ferries Operational – Post COVID Reopening

Makruzz is starting operations from 20th October 2020

  •  Makruzz had previously announced to start operations from 15th October, however now they have postponed their start date to end of October.
  • Reopening announcements from other ferry operators like Sealink and Green Ocean is awaited. 

How to have the best time in Andaman, given the current situation?

As you’ve already seen above, the islands are opening to the tourists in a restricted way. While you can’t go scuba diving into the sea or stay with Karen’s of Mayabunder you can still enjoy a quiet time by the sea. 

Here’s what you can do in Andaman during this time -:

Workation: With internet in the islands, Andaman is soon going to be the next hot destination for workation. Andaman has several budget resorts and hotels where once can go with the team or just by themselves to work during the day and chill by the beaches during the evening.

Staycation in Andaman: The resorts and hotels are quite excellent in terms of the amenities they provide and with the recently launched internet added to the mix, you have the perfect place to relax while staying on the radar. So, you can easily enjoy a beachside staycation with all the luxuries of the world including crazy exotic seafood. This is better than any staycation opportunity you will take in the mainland. 

Beaches & Chill: With less number of people visiting the islands, this is the perfect time to just relax on the beaches! The weather now is perfect for the outdoors. You can spend hours just laying all day in the sun while enjoying quick dips in the Andaman Sea. 

What We Recommend

  1. Carry the current basic necessities like face mask and sanitizers
  2. Follow all the rules and regulations laid down by the hotels you stay at and the places you visit. 
  3. Have a relaxed trip. Don’t try to see everything that is there, instead just relax at one or two location. 
  4. Minimise the number of hotels you book and ferries you take. 
  5. Book your flights in a way that you travel to Havelock/Neil on the day you land in Port Blair, so as to skip the hotel in Port Blair (this is only if you are planning to keep Port Blair for transit).
  6. We recommend making all fully refundable/cancellable bookings for any last minute changes
  7. Stay safe and take all necessary precautions to travel safely during this time. 

We will update the article as and when we receive new updates from Andaman and Nicobar Administration. If you have any queries about traveling to Andaman and Nicobar islands, reach out to us at info@go2andaman.com

 

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