****New Update: 27th September 2020
- Maldives has introduced “Maldives Border Miles” program, the first of its kind loyalty program developed in the entire world for tourists.
- This is a three-tiered loyalty program which will be officially implemented on 1st December 2020.
- Tourists who enroll in this program will earn points based on the number of visits and duration of stay.
Updated : 15th September 2020
Maldives Achieves Safe Travels Stamp
- Maldives achieved the Safe Travels Stamp endorsed by the World Tourism Organization and over 200 travel companies around the globe.
- It is the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp for Travel and Tourism, designed to address COVID-19 and similar outbreaks.
- Safe Travels Stamp is awarded to destinations which have the safety and hygiene of travelers as their top priority.
Updated : 05th September 2020
- From 10th September 2020, all tourists are required to present a Negative PCR certificate upon arrival.
- The PCR test has to be done within a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure to Maldives.
- Tourists are allowed to split their stay between 2 resorts with prior approval.
- “Split stays” are permitted between resorts that meet all compulsory requirements under “split stay guidelines” approved by Health Protection Agency of Maldives.
- Guest Houses and Hotels located on inhabited islands are open for bookings starting from 15th October 2020.
- Maldives is opening its borders on 15th July 2020, to all International Tourists.
- Tourist Resorts, Liveaboard Vessels and Hotels on uninhabited islands are open for bookings starting from 15th July 2020.
Guest Houses and Hotels located on inhabited islands are open for bookings starting from 01st August 2020.
- Tourists will not be subject to any quarantine measures upon arrival.
Tourists will not be required to submit any medical test results for entry to Maldives.
- Tourists will be provided a 30-day on arrival visa free of charge.
- A pre-confirmed booking at a registered Tourist Facility is mandatory for entry to Maldives.
- Tourists must wear face masks.
- Temperature and screen checks will be carried out at the first point of entry for tourists.
- Emergency Contact information must be provided during visa issuance.
- Must maintain a distance of 1 meter from each other at all times, including luggage collection points.
- PCR Test is a must for anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If one person from a group exhibits symptoms all will be tested.
- Tourist will be isolated at the airport from the point of identification of symptoms or based on positive results.
- Tourist required PCR testing on arrival shall be accommodated in a transit facility until their PCR results are received.
- Tourists shall be met by an authorized representative from the Resort at the airport.
- Basic details for check-in will be collected at the Airport by Resort Representative.
- Luggage shall be identified and tagged to allow for easier management.
- Airport authorities will ensure that luggage trolleys are disinfected after each use. Disinfected trolleys and used trolleys and used trolleys will be kept and marked separately for users.
- Practice of good hand hygiene through and hand/or use of hand sanitizer is recommended.
- Tourists are encouraged to install contact tracing application ‘Trace Ekee’ upon or before arrival into the country.
Tourists shall register their entire stay in one registered establishment (Till guidelines are revised in Sept).
- Special Permits are given to Guest Houses and Hotels located in inhabited islands, to accommodate tourists waiting for domestic transfers.
- Transit arrangements can be made through the primary facility where the stay is booked.
- Transfer checks and screen checks will be carried out on arrival.
- Resort representative will be at the airport to receive the Tourists.
- Domestic transfers will only be allowed through pick-ups by pre-booked tourist facilities.
- The Guest or the Resort will bear the cost of the PCR test conducted.
- In case of a positive PCR result, the following options will be given to the resort;
- Transfer the guest to the resort to isolate
- Or isolate in a government run facility; Resort must ensure the transfer and accommodation charges are met
- Tourists with positive PCR test results shall be transferred to their destinations via separate transfers conforming to protocols set forth by Health Protection Agency of Maldives (HPA).
- Tourists transferred to the resort with a positive PCR result shall be escorted directly to their rooms upon arrival at the resort and isolated in the as outlined in the Health Guidelines.
- Visa Extensions available to tourists who require it without any further fees.
- Resort shall have designated areas for isolation of the guest if and when required.
- Resorts will have resident medical officers on site who have undergone HPA certified training on COVID-19 management, isolation procedures and sampling.
- Resorts will appoint a safety manager responsible for the communication and compliance regarding COVID-19 measures and issues.
- Tourists under isolation shall be instructed to stay in their rooms until advised by Health Protection Agency of Maldives (HPA).
- Vessels, Guest Houses and Hotels on inhabited islands may not accept tourists who have a test positive for COVID-19 on arrival.
- No restrictions will apply on guest checkouts if no symptoms are displayed or no positive PCR result is recorded.
- Tourists in isolation shall only be allowed to checkout as per national guidelines by Health Protection Agency of Maldives (HPA).
- Testing services are available for tourists who require COVID-19 test results to return to their countries of origin or another destination.
You can download the Guidelines for Restarting Tourism in Maldives from this link.
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