TRAVELLING TO THE ANDAMANS POST COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic almost brought the whole world to a standstill. Countries went into lockdown and people were restricted to their homes. Many industries that heavily relied on an office presence to complete their tasks, found a way to work from home. But things couldn't stay static for long. Businesses had to open to avert an economic meltdown. The world as we know it, couldn’t function at such a slow pace.

So what changed? Something had to change from our regular way of doing things. Thus, our way of travelling changed, the way we interacted transformed, even our style of greeting each other had to be altered.

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Nestled in the remote Andaman Islands far away from the bustle of the world, is our beautiful resort at Havelock. Here, we follow elevated safety protocols, stringent hygiene standards and conduct daily mandatory temperature checks for staff and guests, all to ensure your safety and a worry-free stay. If you are planning to travel and take a breather, what better place than an isolated paradise!

Let’s look at what the new norms are while travelling to the Andaman Islands post COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

To make the islands all the more safe for people, every incoming person must either go through a Rapid Antigen Test at Port Blair airport or get an RT-PCR test report from the mainland, the sample for which must be given within 48 hours of arrival. The same can be used to board the ferry to Havelock Island. Presently, the cost for the Rapid Antigen Test at Port Blair airport is Rs. 500/- per person and the results are given in 20 mins.

Things to Remember

 
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask, keeping your nose and mouth always covered, especially when in public settings
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ distance) from anyone who is not from your group
  • Sanitize your hands regularly. We have dispensers installed across the property
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, particularly after touching other surfaces

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  • Use contactless payment and no-touch trash cans and doors when available. Exchange cash or credit cards by placing them in a receipt tray or on the counter rather than by hand, wherever possible
  • Avoid gathering in groups, and stay out of crowded spaces as much as possible
  • Comply with thermal checks wherever mandated, including at our resort and activity centres
  • Try to carry essentials such as own water bottles, personal sanitizers, etc.
  • Follow the safety rules set by concerned authorities. They are set to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in the wake of the pandemic

 

Activities at Barefoot at Havelock Resort

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Kayaking
  • We use disinfected life jackets, kayaks, paddles and headlamps
  • The instructors ensure that contactless instructions are provided
  • Sterilised storage facility is available at the shore
  • Single and double seater kayaks are provided

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Scuba diving
  • All scuba equipment is disinfected after every use and kept aside for 24 hours before next use
  • Boats and vehicles for transfers are sanitised after every trip
  • Regulator mouthpieces are replaced free of cost to prevent contamination
  • E-learning facility is available for courses

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Birdwatching
  • Carrying personal equipment is highly recommended
  • Personalised tours are conducted
  • All equipment used like binoculars, lenses, and cameras are sanitised using alcohol-based wipes after each trip
  • Picture sharing is done through wireless methods