Maldives has opened its doors to tourists on 15 July 2020 after 3 months of border shutdown due to Covid-19. A Qatar Airways flight was first to land at Male' International Airport with 129 tourists.
Maldives open borders after 3 months
Maldives has reopened the borders for tourists with no nationality exceptions. On 15th July, a Qatar airways flight (QR672) landed at Male’ International Airport ,marking the first 129 tourists to have visited the country in about 4 months. Since the announcement of the reopening, Maldives has seen a drastic demand, as the country has been dubbed as one of the safest tourist destination to visit post covid-19.
According to the authorities, several airlines are negotiating to fly again to Maldives due to its preventive safety measures in place resulting in increased confidence towards the destination.
Here is some guidelines you need to follow when travelling to Maldives!
You will be given free 30-day visa on arrival Maldives will be providing a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival to all nationalities.
You won’t be quarantined upon arrival You will not be subject to any quarantine measures and will not be required to submit any medical test results for entry upon arrival to Maldives. However, travelers presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival will be subjected to a PCR test at the traveler’s cost. Additionally, local health authorities may conduct random testing, at no cost to travelers.
You will need to fill out an online health declaration form 24-hours before arrival
A health declaration card will be required as part of the on-arrival procedure. This online health declaration form must be filled out by travelers 24-hours before the arrival.
You’ll need to show your hotel booking receipt when you arrive
Tourists must provide confirmed booking of accommodations, such as a hotel receipt.
Tourist resorts, liveaboard vessels and hotels located on uninhabited islands are open for bookings starting from July 15, 2020. Guest houses and hotels located on inhabited islands will be open for bookings starting from August 1, 2020. However, guest houses and hotels located on inhabited islands will be allowed to accommodate transiting passengers waiting for domestic transfers under special permits. Transit arrangements can be made through the primary facility where the stay is booked.
Social distancing and face masks are required in public settings
Respect all social distancing requirements, and observe a self quarantine if COVID-19 symptoms appear during your stay in Maldives. Masks are required in all public settings, including on public transportation
Other than the straightforward requirements above, entry into the country appears to be very easy, with no further visas or special requirements needed.
You don’t need a COVID-19 test before departure
However, testing services are available in Maldives for tourists who require COVID-19 test results to return to their countries of origin or another destination.
How to get to Maldives – The airlines Since situation has affected worldwide, there is a limited number of flights available into Maldives main airport: Velana International Airport upon reopening. However, as the situation progresses, more scheduled flights are expected to add routes to Maldives.