It’s Saturday morning, bright with a light breeze. You wake up to the cacophony of traffic outside your home and wish the gentle wind could whisk you away to a luxurious overwater villa for the weekend. Luckily, the Maldives will reopen to Indian travelers from July 15, giving you the chance to sip your elegant Cabernet while taking in the panoramic ocean views and get into your wetsuit when it’s time to get away from it all. bathe. the Arabian Sea. But needless to say, the pandemic is still not over and there are a few things to keep in mind before making your long-awaited visit to the island nation. In advance, we explain every detail to you before you start planning your trip.

What are the visa and entry requirements for Indian tourists?

  • As the massive second wave of COVID-19 reached its peak, the government of the Maldives suspended the issuance of tourist visas for South Asian travelers, effective May 13. Now, after two months, restrictions have been eased and tourists will be issued visas on arrival. visa for the country, as usual. To benefit from it, you just need to present a confirmation of your hotel reservation at the airport. For approved opening dates for tourist resorts, marinas, guesthouses and more, click here.
  • All tourists, including those who are fully vaccinated, must carry a negative RT-PCR test report, with samples taken at least 48 hours and no more than 72 hours before departure. Additionally, you must submit an online health declaration form on the Maldives Immigration Portal 24 hours prior to your arrival in the country.

What other logistical concerns do you need to take care of during the stay?

  • Currently, tourists from India are not allowed to travel to the Greater Male region due to its dense local population.
  • Although you are allowed to split your stay between hotels, it is mandatory that both establishments adhere to government guidelines and have approvals on split stays from the Maldives Ministry of Tourism. All tourists are advised to inform the facilities of other resorts in which they plan to spend a few days during the vacation.
  • Tourists are not required to self-quarantine upon arrival. However, if you – or someone in your party – has symptoms of COVID-19, you will need to take an RT-PCR test and quarantine at a resort or transit facility until you receive the reports. The cost of accommodation may be your responsibility.
  • Motorized and non-motorized water sports, including paddleboarding, diving, gliding, among others, are fully operational, as well as facilities such as swimming pools, gyms and spas. However, some stations have restrictions on the number of people who can access them simultaneously. Be sure to check these details with your hotel in advance and make any necessary appointments for guided activities before you arrive.
  • Upon entering India after your stay in the Maldives, you will be required to present another negative RT-PCR test certificate. Therefore, be sure to inform the establishment in advance, so that the management team on site can organize the same before departure.

What is the COVID-19 situation in the Maldives?

The Maldives has reported around 75,332 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of July 15, with 72,569 recoveries. Of the total, 1,680 cases have been recorded in the past fourteen days. However, more than five lakh vaccine doses have been administered in the country since February when it began rolling out the Indian-made AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine. Although the island chain is one of the few destinations offering an almost normal vacation experience – as most resorts have been sealed off and visitors are opting for private villas – you should expect temperature screening by your establishment on arrival and masks to be worn wherever necessary.

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