With the pandemic playing a spoilsport on our travel plans, it seems like better days are finally here! India is expanding its air bubbles, and flights to the Maldives may begin very soon. Read on to know more details about travelling to the gorgeous island country.
Flights to Maldives May Start From August 18
The Maldives is one of the most sought-after destinations for people all over the world. The small island nation opened its doors to tourists on July 15. However, travelling to other countries for tourism was banned in India. Now, permissions are being granted, and as per various sources, flights to the Maldives may start from August 18. But, the best news is that visa on arrival is still applicable for tourists visiting the Maldives. Dr. S. Jaishankar, India’s Minister for External Affairs, announced on Twitter that this air bubble will boost “people-to-people ties between the two countries.”
Connectivity brings prosperity.
Happy to announce the start of regular cargo ferry service between India & Maldives to boost trade & commerce. We're also starting an air travel bubble with Maldives to sustain & promote the dynamic people-to-people ties between the two countries. pic.twitter.com/AtPgzvsdcb
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 13, 2020
Guidelines For Those Travelling To The Maldives
It is important to check the rules issued by every country before planning to travel there. Here are a few guidelines for those travelling to the Maldives:
- Travellers are required to have a confirmed booking at a registered hotel.
- They also need to submit a Health Declaration Form at least 24 hours before their departure.
- Everyone arriving to the Maldives must undergo a basic thermal screening. PCR test on arrival is voluntary.
- Tourists are also required to follow public health measures like mask wearing and social distancing.
- Travellers who don’t display Covid-19 symptoms are exempt from quarantine on arrival.
India’s Air Bubbles In August
So far, India has established air bubbles with various countries like Germany, UK, France, the US and Canada. Flights operating under these air bubbles have mostly been repatriation or cargo flights. But now, the government has announced that Indians can travel to select countries for tourism with which the country shares an air bubble. Also, flights are apparently one of the safest ways to travel during the pandemic.
Make sure you read up all the rules and regulations before planning your travel, and obey public health norms wherever you go. Safe travels!