By Paul Johnson on June 25, 2020 in Selection
The Maldives will reopen their borders to international tourists on July 15, 2020. Beach resorts, cruises and hotels on uninhabited islands will be open from this date, with guesthouses and hotels on inhabited islands opening to from August 1, 2020.
The Maldives is highly dependent on the tourism industry as it represents the largest foreign exchange earnings, making it the country’s largest economic contributor. However, it has stalled due to strict public health measures taken to curb COVID-19. The tourism industry is preparing to restart; it should resume in compliance with protective measures, taking into account the safety of tourists and personnel working in the industry.
The Department of Tourism also today released guidelines for the reopening of the tourism sector, “Public Health Interventions to Prevent Transmission of COVID-19 in the Tourism Sector”, giving all sectors of the industry tourist comprehensive information on their standard operating procedures, as well as important information for tourists.
As per the guidelines, tourists are not required to pay additional fees, produce a certificate or test result indicating negative status for COVID-19 before entering the Maldives. For tourists without symptoms, there is also no quarantine requirement. The directive will be reviewed periodically on the basis of further developments.
Before your trip to the Maldives
- It is recommended for travelers who have had a history of contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and for people who have fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath during from the last 14 days of not traveling to the Maldives.
- Regular official updates on Maldives travel are available on the websites of the Ministry of Tourism (https://www.tourism.gov.mv/) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (https: //www.foreign. gov.mv /) from the Maldives.
- A confirmed reservation in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of Tourism, before the trip is compulsory.
- Tourist resorts, cruise ships and hotels on uninhabited islands are open for booking from July 15, 2020.
- Guest houses and hotels located on inhabited islands will be open for booking from August 1, 2020.
- However, guesthouses and hotels located on inhabited islands will be permitted to accommodate transit passengers awaiting domestic transfers under special permits. Transit arrangements can be made by the main establishment where the stay is booked.
- Tourists are advised to check offers and operational status directly with preferred tourist establishments on their websites and mobile applications.
- Tourists who visit the Maldives during opening phase 1 must book their entire stay at a single registered establishment. Stays in several hotel complexes and hotels are not authorized during this period. However, derogations will be granted for transit agreements.
During your flight
- All passengers must present a completed health declaration card on board the aircraft.
- In accordance with the sanitary and aeronautical procedures at the border, if a passenger has a fever, cough or shortness of breath on board the flight, he must be informed at the Health Protection Agency.
Arrival at the airport
- Tourists traveling to the Maldives will receive a free 30-day tourist visa upon arrival.
- A health declaration card will be required as part of the arrival procedure.
- All arriving passengers must wear masks
- The physical distance must be ensured.
- Hand disinfection at the entrance to the arrival terminal.
- All arriving passengers must undergo a thermal control at the entrance.
- Tourists will not be subject to any quarantine measures upon arrival in the Maldives.
- Tourists will not be required to submit medical test results to enter the Maldives. However, travelers with symptoms of Covid-19 upon arrival will be subjected to a PCR test at the expense of the traveler. The tourist will be sent to an establishment designated for isolation. Isolation will take place at a designated transit facility or at the tourist destination station (depending on station policy). If the result of the PCR test is positive, the tourist can continue isolation in the complex or will be transferred to an isolation center designated by the State. If the PCR test result is negative, the tourist will be released from isolation. In the event of a negative PCR test with a tourist temporarily isolated in a transit center, he will be released from isolation and may go to the destination station. Although freed from isolation, a symptomatic tourist will have to respect the restrictions on access to public places such as restaurants until the symptoms disappear.
- Contact tracing should be done for the symptomatic patient to identify passengers who have been in close contact during the flight and during the trip. Contacts who are tourists can be quarantined at their destination stations until the patient’s PCR test result is known. Contacts will be released from quarantine if the patient’s PCR test is negative.
- On arrival, if a tourist gives a history of contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days before arrival (in accordance with the passenger health declaration card), the tourist must be examined by the doctor at the airport clinic. If the person is asymptomatic, they should be quarantined. If the person has symptoms, a sample should be taken for the COVID-19 PCR and the patient should be sent to an institution designated for isolation.
- Installation of the TraceEkee contact search application is encouraged for all tourists.
- In addition, local health authorities can perform random tests at no cost to travelers.
- Mandatory travel restrictions in Maldives for tourists during the COVID-19 pandemic: Tourists must comply with existing Health Protection Agency (HPA) rules and regulations on travel restrictions between the islands. The Ministry of Tourism must constantly update and inform tourist establishments of the travel restrictions imposed by HPA.
- Obligation for tourists to inform the complex if he / she has a positive result in the COVID-19 test upon his return from the Maldives: all tourists must inform the complex if they have a positive result in the COVID-19 test in the 14 days after departure from the complex.
From your place of stay
- Tourists must undergo an exit check before leaving the place of stay. The exit screening questionnaire should document any history of fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath in the past 14 days. Make sure that the client is not quarantined or isolated. The temperature should be checked to exclude fever.
- No routine test for COVID-19 is required before departure, but during exit screening, if a tourist has fever or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, he should be tested of PCR for COVID-19. Testing services are available in the Maldives for tourists who need the Covid-19 test results to return to their country of origin or another destination. The Maldives is an island nation made up of 1,190 coral islands scattered across the equator. It is a world class vacation destination well known for its unique concept of an island and a resort. Only tourists and staff are accommodated in these resorts, away from the hustle and bustle of the other islands. With the pristine natural beauty surrounding the resorts, privacy and seclusion are the quintessence of what makes it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world. We look forward to welcoming you back to the sun of life.