COVID-19 Reopening Andaman Tourism Updates


Update on 17th June 2021: Tourism Activities remain suspended.


  • Update on 17th June 2021: All tourism activities in Andaman & Nicobar Islands shall remain suspended till further order. (Source)
  • Update on 21st April 2021: Andaman & Nicobar Administration, has implemented new restrictions for 4 weeks from 22nd April 2021 on Light & Sound show at Ross Island and Cellular Jail, Water Sports Activities, Beaches and other such activities. (Link, Source)
  • Update on 14th April 2021: Apart from negative RT-PCR, all passengers will now undergo mandatory RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) on arrival at Veer Savarkar Airport. This test will be conducted at nearby government locations depending upon the airline you are traveling in. Handling of your transport to the location will be taken care by the airline. (Link, Link)
  • Mandatory to bring negative RT-PCR report for all incoming travellers. Report has to be within 48 hours before the commencement of the journey from origin.
  • Update on 27th Sept 2020: Tourists are allowed to visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

SOP for Compulsory – Carry Negative RT-PCR Report

Andaman and Nicobar administration have made it compulsory for all travellers to carry a negative RTPCR report. The valid RTPCR test  has to be done by an ICMR recognised laboratory to avoid inconvenience on arrival at Port Blair. The airline and airport holds the authority to send you back if negative RTPCR test report is not carried. 

Andaman COVID-19 Airport Procedure 

#1. Line up outside and fill form with personal details

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#2. The officials verify details of report on ICMR website. For RTPCR patients who are clear, A validated stamp shall be put at tourism counter in airport and then you can leave. 

 

 

Important points Regarding COVID-19 Tourists Traveling to Andaman Islands

  1. The RT-PCR report has to be from within 48 before starting the journey. It will not be valid if date of test is more than 2 days (48 hours) before landing in Port Blair Airport.
  2. No institution or home quarantine is required if the tourist has tested negative either through RTPCR from an ICMR approved lab. 
  3. Tourists traveling to and fro Shaheed and Swaraj Dweep (Havelock and Neil Island) will not have to test again, if they have negative test report, as per above mentioned points. 
  4. However incase symptoms develop, the tourist has to immediately report to the nearest PHC/CHC and thereafter necessary testing will be done as per doctor’s advice. 
  5. Travel to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands and Little Andaman island is not permitted for tourism purposes till further notice. 
  6. If the tourist tests positive after arrival , they will have to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The cost of such isolation will be paid by the tourist as fixed by the administration from time to time (Presently INR 1000 for isolation at ITI Dollygunj COVID ward)
  7. If patients want to stay in hotel (hotel will have to make necessary arrangement to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose), they can stay as long as following points are met-:
    • Patients are not symptomatic and not above the age of 60
    • Request/undertaking is made by patient in writing
    • If allowed by doctors

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

#1. Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

#2. Keys Select Hotel Aqua Green, Port Blair

#3. Coral Reef Resort, Havelock

#4. TSG Blue Resort, Havelock

#5. Sea Shell Samssara, Neil Island

#6. Summer Sand Beach Resort, Neil Island 

Mid-Budget Hotels

#7. Peerless Resort Port Blair

#8. Hotel Marina Manor, Port Blair

#9. Havelock Island Beach Resort

#10. Symphony Palms Beach Resort, Havelock 

#11. Coconuthuts Beach Resort, Neil Island

#12. Tango Beach Resort, Neil Island

Budget Hotels

#13. Roxel Inn, Port Blair

#14. Wonderland Beach Resort, Havelock

#15. Blue Bird Residence, Neil Island

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

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.

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. 

Visit Port Blair, Havelock and Neil: These are the three most popular islands and remain open along with all water sports including diving. An adventure filled trip here would be great at this time, because crowds are lesser and weather is great! )As of January, 2021)

Do your diving course: The best instructors and dive centres are now starting to operate and this is a perfect time to learn how to dive or do the next level of your course. 

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. 

Download Go2andaman Travel Guides

If you are planning a trip to Andaman, we suggest you download our Travel Guides for Free! These guides will come in very handy while you are there and of course, right now when you are planning. Maps include details about -: 

  1. Contact Numbers of Ferry Operators, Hospitals, Supermarkets, etc. 
  2. Must See Places
  3. Places to Stay/Eat at
  4. Activities and Sightseeing to do in Andamans 
  5. Facts and Information about Andamans

Port Blair & North Andaman Travel Guide
Havelock & Neil Island Travel Guide

Hope this helps. If you have any queries about traveling to Andaman and Nicobar islands, we will be happy to assist you! Reach out to us at info@go2andaman.com 

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