Maldives matchless luxury and spectacular white-sand beaches are all set to re-open for international tourists. Resorts, liveaboards, and hotels located at uninhabited islands will re-open from the 15th of July whereas guest houses and hotels located at inhabited islands will re-open from 1st August 2020. The tourism industry has been gearing up to restart, it is all set to resume in compliance with protective measures, taking into account the safety of both tourists and staff working in the industry.
The guidelines for re-opening the tourism sector, ‘Public Health Interventions to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission in the Tourism Sector’, was also released by the Maldives Ministry of Tourism giving comprehensive information for all sectors across the tourism industry on their standard operating procedures, as well as important information to tourists.
According to the guidelines, tourists will not be required to pay an additional fee, produce a certificate or test result indicative of negative status for COVID-19 before entry into the Maldives. Travellers without symptoms will not have to quarantine themselves. These guidelines will be periodically reviewed based on further developments.
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During the flight, all passengers are required to submit a health declaration card upon arrival which will have to be completed on board the aircraft. More good news for tourists travelling to the Maldives – they will be provided a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival.
Tourists visiting the Maldives during phase 1 of its re-opening have to book their entire stay in one registered establishment. Stays at multiple resorts and hotels will not be permitted during this period. However, exemptions will be made for transit arrangements.
The Maldives is an island nation made up of 1,190 coral islands that span across the Indian Ocean with tourism being its biggest draw. It is a world-class holiday destination where a third of men and a quarter of women work in tourism-related jobs. Known for its plush resorts and pristine sceneries, Maldives is a popular honeymoon destination and for those seeking seclusion, which is bound to make it a popular post-pandemic option for travellers.