In recent months, the Maldives has become a favorite holiday destination not only for Bollywood celebrities but also for many travel enthusiasts. The Indian Ocean island country greeted tourists with open arms and they lured us in with sunny selfies, pristine white beaches, and bikini photos. If your travel-hungry soul yearns to travel to the Maldives to relax and rejuvenate, then you are in luck! Thanks to the air bubble agreement, you can now travel to the Maldives.Also read – Good news! Kerala government resumes barge services in state after long hiatus

The air bubbles agreement between India and the Maldives:
India has created an air bubble deal with the Maldives. Indian and Maldivian carriers are now allowed to operate flights between India and the Maldives. Also read – No Lessons Learned? COVID-19 Guidelines Launch As Huge Crowds Swarm Goa Beach for New Year’s Celebrations | look

Visa on arrival
The Maldives issue a visa on arrival. Yes, you read that right! And what’s the best part? The resorts of the Maldives are safely cocooned on separate islands. Read also – Unemployment rate peaks in four months of 7.9% in December 2021: CMIE

COVID-19 test compulsory for tourists to enter the Maldives:
All tourists are required to hold a negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for COVID-19 before entering the Maldives.

Requirements for pre-arrival PCR testing:
To enter the Maldives, the sample for the PCR test must be taken no later than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time from the first port of embarkation en route to the Maldives, according to Thomas Cook. Children under one year of age are exempt from the requirement for a COVID-19 test. If the passenger makes a transit during the journey, the initial PCR test will be valid if the transit does not exceed 24 hours. If a passenger makes a transit exceeding 24 hours, the passenger must undergo a new PCR test within 72 hours before boarding at the transit port.

Mandatory restrictions on travel to the Maldives for tourists with COVID-19:
If you test positive when entering the island, then tourists must adhere to existing HPA measures on restrictions on inter-island travel.

Entrance to the Maldives and public health interventions at the airport:
Before traveling to the Maldives

a) For travelers traveling to and from the Maldives, must submit a self-declared health declaration within 24 hours of travel. This health declaration must be completed and submitted electronically through the Maldives Immigration online portal.

b) People who have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and / or people who have a fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath during of the last 14 days must not travel to the Maldives.

c) It is recommended that all tourists install the “TraceEkee” contact tracing application.

I wish you happy holidays !