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Maldives Reopening Guideline

Maldives Reopening Guideline

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
— Temperature checks and screening measures will be carried out at the first point of entry for tourists and special attention will be paid to individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms including, but not limited to, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath. Those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms on arrival must undergo a PCR test.
— Wearing a mask at airports is mandatory.
— All arrival and departure passengers should complete the online Health Declaration form 24 hrs prior to arrival.

The 1/3 of all island resorts in the Maldives is set to reopen by 15 July when borders of the country reopen according to the reopening guideline of the Ministry of Tourism.

Starting from 15 Jul 2020

Angsana Velavaru
Angsana Ihuru
Atmosphere Kanifushi
Cinnamon Dhonveli
Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa
Cinnamon Velifushi
Cocoon Maldives
Ellaidhoo by Cinnamon
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Furaveri Island Resort
Gangehi Island Resort
Grand Park Kodhipparu
Hard Rock Hotel
Heritance Aarah
Lily Beach
Lux North Male Atoll
Niyama Maldives
Oblu Select Sangeli
Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli
Ozen by Maadhoo
Paradise Island Resort
Royal Island Resort
Saii Lagoon
Soneva Fushi
Soneva Jani
You & Me by Cocoon

Starting from 1 August 2020

Bandos Island Resort
Biyadhoo Island Resort
Centara Ras Fushi
Coco Boduhithi
Coco Palm Dhunikolhu
Dusit Thani
Emerald Maldives
Fun Island Resort
Holiday Island Resort
Lux South Ari Atoll
Makunudu Island
Sun Island Resort
Six Senses Laamu
Vakkaru Maldives
Waldolf Astoria

Starting from 1 September 2020

Amari Havodda
Adaaran Club Rannalhi
Adaaran Prestige Vaadhoo
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Select Meedhupparu
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives
Dhigufaru Island Resort
Embudhu Village
Hideaway Maldives
Meeru Island
Summer Island Maldives
Shangri – La

Starting from 1 October 2020

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives
Anantara Kihavah
Angaga Island Resort and Spa
COMO Cocoa Island
Constance Halaveli
Constance Moofushi
Dhigali Maldives
Faarufushi Maldives
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
Finolhu Maldives
Fushifaru Maldives
Huvafen fushi
Innahura Maldives
JA Manafaru
JW Marriott
Kandolhu Maldives
Kuramathi Maldives
Kuredu Island
Niyama Maldives
Malahini Kuda Bandos
Outrigger Konotta
Reethi Faru
Robinson Club Maldives
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
Sun Aqua Iru Veli
Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
The Residence Maldives
The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives
The Sun Siyam Irufushi
The Westin Maldives
Velassaru Maldives
Vilamendhoo Island Resort
W Retreat Maldives

All local islands WILL NOT be reopened for guests from 1 August 2020. It was postponed by Health Minister Abdulla Ameen. No new dates have announced yet.

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), 12 airlines have expressed interest in operating to the Maldives.

— From 15 July 2020 — Qatar Airways, will be traveling from Doha.
— From 16 July 2020 — Emirates, five flights per week. Six flights per week starting from 4 August.
— From 18 July 2020 — Etihad Airways, two flights per week.
— From August 2020 — Gulf Air, British Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, Silk Air, Indigo, Singapore Airlines, and Sri Lankan.
— From September 2020 — Edelweiss (from Sep 23)
— From October 2020 — Turkish Airlines (four times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays)

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.

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