Maldives was one of the first countries to open its doors to international travel again and it is now, considered one of the safest places to travel to. Still, travel isn’t as easy as it used to be and has certain mandatory requirements.
Pandemic travel pre-departure necessities
The new norm for travel now is that a PCR test taken at least 96 hours before your departure is submitted to the airline. When it comes to the Maldives you are required to log into the relevant website and fill out the Health Declaration Form, attach a copy of your PCR along with a photograph and send it across for verification.
Arriving in Maldives
Once you’ve arrived in Male; things get done in a very systematic manner. Passengers are first transferred via a bus at about 50% capacity to keep up with guidelines. Temperatures are checked and then you will be led to the immigration queue when your passport will be checked along with your health declaration form and your visa stamped.
If you will be staying at resorts like Reethi Faru Resort, your rep will meet you at the airport and instruct you on what to do next.
What to expect from your holiday?
When it comes to things to do in Maldives on your holiday, it may not be as easy as it used to be to go island hopping. Instead, guests are encouraged to relax and use the hotel facilities for leisure. Staff will be wearing masks at all times and frequently using sanitizers as well to keep clean. Provided your local resort offers an experience on an uninhabited island, you do have the opportunity to venture beyond your island villa. Fishing and lagoon experiences are also available for those with a more adventurous vibe.
Pandemic travel experiences
Several resorts offer experiences like dolphin watching which are now done at half capacity so that social distancing is possible while you enjoy yourself. Activities like snorkelling and diving haven’t really changed at all as this is naturally distanced.