Thursday, August 13, 2020

India’s air bubble is growing: Flights to Maldives may start next week

It may sound too good to be true, but it’s not. Flights to the Maldives are about to take off, now that India has wrapped this slice of paradise in an air bubble. The special travel bubble is part of a slew of measures formalised today to enhance trade and cooperation between the two countries. Business-y bits aside, the travel corridor includes travel for tourism “to sustain and promote the dynamic people-to-people ties between the two countries,” tweeted India’s Minister for External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar. In short, vacation time!
Flights between India and the Maldives will start likely on Tuesday, 18 August. We don’t know what airlines will connect just yet, though pre-pandemic, SpiceJet, GoAir and IndiGo had direct flights from Indian cities to Malé.
Contrary to some reports, Maldives does not require a prior visa. Indian nationals can get one on arrival.
We are yet to find out if there are any special rules for Indian travellers to the Maldives. For now, here’s what the country’s Ministry of Health says:

You need to fill a health declaration 24 hours before you board, and then one before you depart from the Maldives
Tourists who do not display COVID-19 symptoms are not required to quarantine on arrival in the Maldives
All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival
You may also be chosen for a random COVID-19 PCR test by Maldivian Health Authorities. This is a voluntary test
All tourists are required to wear face masks at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces.
13/08/20 Condé Nast Traveller
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