Announcement: Andaman Opens For Tourism From 03 August - SOP's regarding COVID-19 testing for tourists coming to Andaman

As per the circular by Andaman & Nicobar administration, Andaman is now open for the traveler’s w.e.f 3rd August 2021. Decline in the cases of covid-19 to reopen all tourism activities in south, North and Middle Andaman districts i.e 03-08-2021 subject to the fulfillment of below SOP’s

GENERAL ADVISORY FOR TOURISTS AND STAKEHOLDERS

The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatorily 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 hotels rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received.

SOP’S REGARDING COVID-19 TESTING FOR TOURISTS COMING TO ANDAMAN ISLANDS

 As of 3rd August 2021: The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland

Based ICMR approved lab using (RTPCR). All the tourists/visitors arriving on Veer Savarkar International Airport have to undergo mandatorily Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost.

Operating Procedure for National Memorial Cellular Jail

 The tourists/visitors in the National Memorial Cellular Jail are allowed, as per the SOP. The tourist must follow strict norms as per the guidelines. 

Standard Operating Procedure for Light & Sound Show at NetajiSubash Chandra Bose Island.

The tourist must follow the covid-19 norms. Strict social distancing, Use o proper face mask, must undergo hygiene and screening at entry point.

Standard Operating Procedure for opening of Beaches in A&N Islands

As per the SOP the tourists are allowed to visit south, north & middle Andaman except Nicobar district. Beaches will remain open between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily in South, North and Middle Andaman.

Standard Operating Procedure for Opening of Museums

Museums which are in non-containment zones will open for Tourists/ Visitors.  Tourists to be followed strict SOP declared by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration.

 

  • 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 1stSeptember, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have be taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).
  • The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatorily 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 hotels rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall be remain in institutional quarantine in hotels notilied 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. Other guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation for airport (available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in and SOP) issued by Airport Manager, VSI also need to followed.
  • Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.
  • If the tourists tests positive during 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 are made by patient in writing.

c) If allowed by doctors.

Hotels will make necessary arrangement to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.

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.

 

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