Thursday, July 01, 2021

Back On The Map: Maldives Reopens To Indian Travelers

After two months, the Maldives has allowed tourists from India and other South Asian countries to return to the archipelago. Starting July 15th, travelers can once again visit stand-alone resorts and islands in the country. Let’s find out more about the entry requirements and why the Maldives is reopening.

The Maldives has been relatively conservative with its travel restrictions. The country only banned travelers from India in mid-May, well into the nation’s severe second wave. While access to populated islands was curbed in late April, travelers were still free to visit one of the hundreds of island resorts in the country. However, given the rising evidence of the more transmissible Delta variant, the Maldives banned all Indian travelers from 13th May.

Now, the country once again opening its border to its biggest tourist market. Starting from July 15th, the Maldives will begin issuing visas on arrival to travelers from India and other South Asian countries. This will be a huge boost to airlines, given the popularity of the country during the pandemic, and for travelers hoping to vacation this summer.

The announcement came for the Maldives Tourism Ministry on Twitter yesterday. The precise entry restrictions will be announced in the coming days. However, the tweet confirmed that RT-PCR testing will be the only requirement and vaccines will not be mandatory.

Currently, all travelers (and Indians previously too) must arrive with a negative test taken with 96 hours of arrival. However, this time period could be shortened for travelers from India, considering the higher risk. Keep an eye out for the exact requirements in the coming days.

30/06/21 Pranjal Pande/Simple Flying

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