A little sun and a bit of waves by our feet is a craving for everyone in these current times. Maldives is the perfect destination that is convenient, hassle – free, not too far away, and also gorgeous. Maldives recently on 15th September 2020 received the ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in recognition of the measures taken to make Maldives a safe destination for tourists.
There are various wonderful places to visit in Maldives:
- Stay in the crown of the island at Emboodhu Finolhu’s floating resorts.
- Visit the glowing beach at the Vaadhoo Island
- Immerse in the history of Maldives at the Sultan’s Palace in Utheemu Ganduvaru
- Dive into the scuba-diver’s island, Biyadhoo, owned and managed by the Taj Group of Hospitality.
Maldives’ tourism sector was hit hard during the pandemic but its strict adherence to World Health Organisation’s guidelines with extra precautions attracts more and more tourists.
Here are a few guidelines to consider:
- Before departure to Maldives:
- A confirmed booking to a hotel or resort or a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of Tourism is mandatory.
- An online Health Declaration Form has to be submitted 24 hours prior to departure through the IMUGA portal.
- A negative PCR test for COVID – 19 conducted 96 hours prior to departure is mandatory. It must be submitted through the IMUGA portal 24 hours prior to departure. The lab result should be presented during airline check-in in paper or electronic form.
- On arrival at Maldives:
- On arrival 30 day free visa is granted to all tourists
- Quarantine upon arrival is not required. However, if the tourist faces any discomfort with symptoms of COVID – 19, it has to be immediately informed to the local Health Protection Agency.
- Maldives encourages its tourists to download their Contact Tracing app – ‘TraceEkee’
- You are required to strictly adhere to and follow all the guidelines to COVID – 19. You must at all times wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and maintain proper hygiene.
- Departure from Maldives:
- An exit screening prior to the check out from the resort is mandatory.
- The exit screening questionnaire must document any history of COVID – 19 related symptoms within the past 14 days.
- Routine testing of COVID – 19 is not required during departure. However, if the tourist is found with COVID – 19 symptoms or the tourist’s nation requires a COVID – 19 test, then it has to be taken.
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