After weeks of lockdowns and months of travel bans in almost every corner of the world, some countries where the Covid-19 outbreak has brought under control are slowly opening their doors, allowing foreign tourists to fly into the country. After almost 4 months of closure, the Maldives has opened its doors to all global tourists as well. If you are wondering about how to visit the Maldives during the COVID-19 pandemic, this blog post is for you. We have listed travel tips and things you should know before packing your luggage.
How to Visit Maldives During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
National Tourism Office of the Maldives has announced a guide on their website about the border reopening of the Maldives. According to the official guide, there are 6 things that you should know before traveling to Maldives:
- A confirmed booking in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of Tourism is mandatory to enter the Maldives.
- Starting from 15th July 2020; tourist resorts, liveaboard vessels and hotels located on uninhabited islands are open for bookings.
- Guest houses and hotels located on inhabited islands will open for bookings starting from 1st August 2020.
- Tourists are advised to directly check offers and operational status with the preferred tourist establishments.
- Tourists who are visiting the Maldives during Phase 1 of opening shall book their entire stay in one registered establishment. Exemptions will be made for transit arrangements.
- The online health declaration form should be submitted within 24 hours prior to your departure to Maldives.
Among these 6 articles in the official guide, 3 of them are very important to know. First, you should have a confirmed booking from a registered establishment. Secondly, you should book your entire stay in one establishment. Last but not least, you have to submit the online health declaration form 24 hours prior to your departure to Maldives.
- In order to see the list of approved tourist establishments, you may click here.
- National Tourism Office of the Maldives has shared a link on their website, visitmaldives.com, for the Health Declaration Form that you have to submit at the airport when you arrived to Maldives.
- You can get your online Health Declaration Form (valid for 2 days) from iVisa page
- Please read the important instructions on the iVisa page about the Health Declaration Form for Maldives.
Things to Pay Attention During Your Flight and at the Airport in Maldives
National Tourism Office of the Maldives has also shared necessary information regarding things to pay attention during your flight and at the Airport in Maldives. You can see the image below which was shared on the official website of the National Tourism Office of the Maldives, within the Border Reopening Guide.
Things to Know Before Your Departure From the Maldives
Before your departure from the Maldives, there are a few things you should know. In their official website, National Tourism Office of the Maldives has shared 4 important notes for the passengers regarding departure flights:
- Tourists who are not in isolation or quarantine will have to undergo an exit screening prior to departure from the place of stay.
- The exit screening questionnaire should document any history of fever or respiratory symptoms within the prior 14 days. Temperature should be checked to exclude fever.
- Routine testing for COVID-19 is not required prior to departure. However, during exit screening if any tourist is found to have fever or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 within the prior 14 days, they should undergo PCR testing for COVID-19.
- Testing services are available in the Maldives for tourists who require COVID-19 test results to return to their countries of origin or another destination.
Important Note and Suggestions From Asia Honeymoon Guide Team;
“As the Asia Honeymoon Guide Team, we suggest you to regularly check the most up-to-date travel advice from your country of origin and the destination that you are planning to travel. Usually, all countries share their travel advices on their official websites. While we promise that we will try to do our best to keep this post updated, countries mentioned in this blog post might have changed their travel and visa regulations. Therefore, you should double check the announcements and notices from the official websites of the country you are living in and the country that you are planning to visit.”
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