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Maldives Reopening Guideline

Maldives Reopening Guideline

Updated on 30 December 2020.

Maldives has announced borders reopening on 15 July 2020.

What you need to know

– No quarantine on arrival, i.e no minimum stay is required.
– Free 30-day visas on arrival
– Mandatory negative PCR test certificate is REQUIRED upon arrival. It has to be done 96 hrs or less.
– Negative PCR test certificate prior to departure from Maldives can be done by the guest’s request. The price is $US 85 per person. If you are staying on a local island, a mandatory test prior to departure is required! If you’re staying on resort + local island, no need a PCR test prior to departure from Maldives.
– Wearing a mask at airports is mandatory. The full health guide can be found here.
– Split stays and travel between them now allowed at all tourist establishments. More info
– All arrival and departure passengers should complete the online Health Declaration form 24 hrs prior to arrival.
– Most of the island resorts are opened. A full list can be found here.
– All liveaboards and private yachts will start to operate on 15 July 2020

Airlines resumed

According to the schedule published by Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), a number of airlines have resumed operations to Maldives:

– Qatar Airways, traveling from Doha;
– Emirates, ten flights per week;
– Etihad Airways, two flights per week;
– British Airways. UK has added Maldives to the safe travel list;
– Aeroflot, ten flights per week;
– Air Seychelles, connects South Africa and Maldives, from December 4 to January 9, every Friday and Sunday
– Lufthansa, twice every week on every Wednesday and Sunday.
– FlyDubai, four times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The schedule is subject to change.

Safety standards for reopening

Resort safety standards for reopening.

– Resorts will designate areas for isolation of the guest if and when required.
– Resorts will allocate facilities and make arrangements for staff to self-isolate when necessary as instructed by HPA
– Guest service staff will be trained in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), trained on social distancing procedures, trained on
disinfection procedures, wear face masks in enclosed public spaces and during circumstances where social distancing is not possible
– Resort will have resident medical officers on site who have undergone HPA certified training on COVID-19 management, isolation procedures and sampling
– A safe distance of at least 1 meter will be maintained between tourists and staff at all times.
– Food and beverage services will be served at tourist facilities with safety measures as set forth by HPA to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
– Frequently contacted surfaces will be disinfected regularly.

Liveaboard safety standards for restarting

– The vessels will not be allowed to call into any other harbor besides designated ones until further notice
– The vessel will be disinfected as per HPA guidelines after the departure of guests and before new guests can be accepted onboard
– Crew will wear masks when in direct contact with tourists in enclosed spaces

Guesthouse safety standards for reopening

– The resident doctor on an island will have undergone HPA certified training on COVID-19 management, isolation procedures and sampling before the guest houses in the jurisdiction may reopen.
– The guesthouse will provide for isolation of the guest in the guest’s resident room as per standards set forth by HPA.
– Tourists traveling to local islands must maintain social distancing

General safety standards for reopening

– The entry procedures and restrictions applied to resorts and vessels in lodging tourists as set forth by this guideline will be eased on September 1, 2020 unless extended by the Government. As per guest houses – no information yet.
– This guideline will be reviewed every 14 days
– Tourists shall be restricted from partaking in activities such as diving or excursions if they are symptomatic even if they have tested negative for COVID-19. They will only be allowed to partake in diving after symptoms have cleared fully.

About Author

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