For those who are wondering if it is safe to travel to Maldives during Covid, I give you here a complete view at how it is to travel today to the Island Kingdom with everything you need to know about cancellation fees, on-site measures, flexible reservation policies offered by hotels, health protocols, PCR tests, arrivals and departures and everything in between…
Maldives Hotels & Resorts, Airport and local authorities follow a long list of safety rules to make the destination a safe place to travel.
. The Maldives have been removed from the UK’s quarantine list
UK travelers don’t need to stay in quarantine anymore since October 25th 2020.
. Tourists can now split their stay between resort, hotels, guest houses and live aboard boats, with prior approval as per split-stay procedure/ guideline by Ministry of Tourism.
The destination has been welcoming tourists for 2 months now.
As the situation is changing fairly quickly and favorably thanks to these numerous safety rules and travel options, the Maldives stand as a very safe place to travel.
Let’s take a full look at the events, on-site protocols and measures.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO MALDIVES during Covid ? Summary
- Travel safely to the Maldives. A Complete guide on the new standards and on-site measures
- 1 / Strict protocol measures.
- 2 / The Maldives officially stamped as Safe to Travel
- 3 / The control of Maldivian authorities for any tourist establishment reopening
- 4 / A Partnership Strengthening with airlines flying to Maldives
- 5 / Airlines offer flexible ticket cancellation and modification conditions
- 6 / a mandatory health declaration and negative PCR test before arriving in maldives
- What Hotels and Resorts do to make Maldives a safe destination to travel.
- 1/ Safety and privacy guaranteed with a sophisticated service upon arrival at Velana airport
- 2/ A long stay in Maldives, far away from everything and everyone…
- 3/ Resorts apply Strict Health protocols, free PCR tests and flexible booking conditions
In response to the Covid-19, the Maldives have implemented new protocols and measures together with the major International Health and Tourism organisations as well as Airline Companies. At the same time, many resorts are offering flexible cancellation and change policies, just as commercial airlines have done.
In a COVID-19 world, until a permanent solution can be found, traveler expectations have been forever changed.
There has never been mass tourism in the Maldives, and in this time of Covid, isolation is more than ever absolute and total.
Guest privacy is a top priority, therefore space, seclusion and exclusive services are just “basics” already applied for years.
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Travel safely to the Maldives. A Complete guide on the new standards and on-site measures
The Maldives, whose economy relies primarily on tourism, have been hit hard by travel restrictions due to COVID-19. A safer tourisme is a priority for the destination.
Since the beginning of the crisis, the Maldives have worked very early on implementing various measures to safely coexist with the virus in order to restore traveler confidence .
1 / Strict protocol measures.
Hygiene Protocols are mandatory for all tourist establishments in the Maldives.
The Maldives have implemented a series of strict protocol measures.
Hotels and guest houses have worked closely with local authorities to define rules and measures based on the guidelines of the WHO (World Health Organization) and UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) .
In conjunction with these tourism security guidelines, a long series of measures aimed at tourist establishments and travelers have been put in place from the beginning of July 2020.
During this long period, hotels, guest houses and safari cruise ships had to fully adapt to these various measures in order to be able to claim to reopen after government approval.
2 / The Maldives officially stamped as Safe to Travel
The Maldives have been added to the list of the 40 safest countries to travel during Covid-19.
To date, only 40 countries have received the Safe Travels Label. The Maldives were added to this list on September 18th 2020.
The World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) recently recognized Maldives efforts to implement health and safety measures in accordance with their global protocols on traveler safety. The Maldives have been recently stamped as a Safe Destination for Traveling with the new Safe Travels Label in effect all over the world.
Safe Travels Label
With this new label, the Maldives are added to the list of the 40 safest countries to travel during the Covid-19.
Read the Maldives Safe Travels Label for more information.
3 / The control of Maldivian authorities for any tourist establishment reopening
Hotels Resorts and Guest House reopenings are only authorized after verification by the local authorities.
In Maldives, no tourist establishment is allowed to reopen if it does not receive an authorization from the government. This is valid for resorts, hotels, guest houses and safari boats.
Each establishment has had to rethink its mode of operation and adapt its standards.
Among many basic and mandatory measures such as wearing a mask and applying the rules of distancing in the different parts of the structures, each establishment had to include rigorous disinfection procedures, train its staff to learn the new equipment and protocols, have a resident doctor… the list is long and exhaustive.
Read the full list of measures taken in the Maldives for more information.
For months, the Maldivian government has been visiting each establishment to verify and ensure the implementation of this new protocol.
An authorization to open is granted if and only if the entire protocol is followed to the letter.
List of establishments authorized to reopen after inspection by the Maldives Ministry of Tourism and authorities. This list is constantly evolving.
+ CLICK ON THE DOCUMENT TO SEE THE COMPLETE LIST (PDF)
With more than 160 Resorts, hundreds of safari boats and guesthouses, it is not hard to see why this process takes time.
See the list and chronology of reopening dates of all Maldives Resorts for more information.
4 / A Partnership Strengthening with airlines flying to Maldives
Safer arrivals on Maldives territory
Airlines have also modified and adapted their measures before taking-off and onboard with strict health conditions monitored by IATA (International Air Transport Association).
Special covid hygiene kit given to all passengers before boarding an emirates flight at Dubai airport.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has closely worked with many governments to adopt a common and harmonious global approach to control the health system.
The Maldives have also helped to make arrivals on the territory safer and more fluid.
The new health and safety measures at Velana airport in 3 photos.
At the beginning of the pandemic, IATA quickly implemented a series of measures aboard aircrafts and at airports, the main measure being :
- A health declaration on arrival at the airport
- Passenger temperature controls
- Mandatory mask at the airport and on board
- Distribution of prepackaged food to limit contact
- Disinfection of the aircraft
- Limitation of the number of cabin baggage and expedited baggage delivery.
- A very effective air filtration system in aircrafts which catch 99.99% of particles, including viruses like COVID-19.
Read my article on How is to fly with Qatar Airways and Emirates to the Maldives with the new rules onboard to find out more.
Visit Maldives general information before flying to Maldives and at airport arrival.
Which airline Companies fly to the maldives during covid?
As a result, after 3 months of closing their borders, the Maldives once again welcomed their first travelers on July 15th with a Qatar Airways flight from Doha, followed the same day by another commercial plane from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Today, if the number of international flights has not yet reached the pre-COVID era ( will it again one day ? ), many international airlines arrive every day in the Maldives, bringing thousands passengers per month.
The main and first airlines offering flights to the maldives
Qatar Airways and Emirates remain the major airline companies flying to the Maldives with almost daily flights from Doha and Dubai.
Qatar Airways on the tarmac at Velana airport
Other airlines have resumed their flights too ( mostly with a stopover in Doha) to the Maldives such as Iberia, Finnair, British Airways , for the main ones.
Air India and S7 Airlines (from Russia), have also resumed their ( direct / non-stop ) flights.
Edelweiss (Switzerland) relaunched their flights with a non-stop trip between Zürich and Malé this past sept, 26th.
Other airlines will follow from October like Flydubai announced to cfly again to Maldives on October 27th.
The list will continue until the end of the year and beyond.
5 / Airlines offer flexible ticket cancellation and modification conditions
If you want to travel to the Maldives but are wondering about the validity of your ticket and the penalties applied in the event of cancellation or modification, be at ease.
The majority of airlines now offer adapted conditions for ticket cancellation or modification.
You have now more flexibility to reschedule your trip when you are ready to travel again.
If you fly with Emirates and Qatar Airways you can:
- Keep your ticket option.
- Request a travel voucher
- Be fully refund
Read Cancel or Modify Your Maldives Trip Without Worries to learn more.
Before you arrive in the Maldives. What you must Know
Departure from Maldives. What you must Know
6 / a mandatory health declaration and negative PCR test before arriving in maldives
A NEGATIVE Covid-19 test is mandatory to travel to the Maldives
The Maldives Ministry of Tourism announced on September 02nd that all tourists and short-term visitors should present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport.
This measure, as complicated as it is due to the short time limit (72 hours maximum before arrival on the territory) is an additional protection to the spread of the virus in the Maldives.
Read the News : The Maldives require to present a negative test for COVID-19 at arrival to find out more.
A mandatory health declaration to be completed before leaving for the Maldives
Do not forget to complete your health declaration form with the Maldivian authorities by completing the online document which is also mandatory.
The Online Traveller Health Declaration form to be filled up before your arrival in Maldives
Read the official announcement from the Maldives Ministry of Tourism for more information.
What Hotels and Resorts do to make Maldives a safe destination to travel.
Is it (still) safe to travel to the Maldives during Covid ?
The answer is definitely yes. Here is why.
The geographical dispersion of the Maldives with resorts located on their own islands, present a naturally protected environment for traveling in a post COVID-19 world where social distance takes priority above all.
For decades, the Maldives have been the perfect image of isolation. A modern Robinson’s destination offering ultra luxurious services with some of the world’s most exclusive hotels.
The Maldives are scattered over the ocean, isolated from each other
In Maldives, isolation is total.
All resorts offer near-autonomous villas fitted with butler, in-villa meals, spa treatments, Chef on request and basically whatever you wish for.
There, you can live in complete seclusion and isolate yourself from the rest of the world.
1/ Safety and privacy guaranteed with a sophisticated service upon arrival at Velana airport
More than ever before, luxury resorts make sure that guest arrivals and departures at Velana International Airport are as secure and sophisticated as possible. Procedures and services have also been completely redesigned.
Secure Welcoming and transfers
For example, if you are staying at Soneva Fushi or Soneva Jani , you will be greeted by a member of their airport team and escorted to the company private Lounge. Soneva airport lounge is also equipped with a PCR machine to perform COVID-19 tests.
Distance and masks are mandatory for all staff and travelers.
Soneva’s Tesla is disinfected between each passenger arrival and will take you to the seaplane terminal.
Soneva’s Privatized Seaplane in Maldives
These ultra-secure transfers are provided by most luxury resorts.
A VIP service is also available on request with a special Meet & Greet service at arrival. Passengers are separately welcomed at the exit of the aircraft and directly escorted to the airport/resort private lounge. A concierge team member assists travelers with baggage handling and immigration procedure.
The St Regis Vommuli Bentley limousine service at airport insures the transfers for guests staying in of the resort Mansions
2/ A long stay in Maldives, far away from everything and everyone…
Several Maldives luxury resorts offer very large and ultra luxurious residences, like Soneva Fushi, Milaidhoo, Velaa Private Island or Amilla Fushi to name but a few.
In Maldives guest privacy is a top priority. Therefore, space, seclusion and exclusive services are just the “basics” applied. Exceptionally secluded and private, these villas are perfectly designed for long stays.
They feature spacious outdoor areas for dining and relaxation where travelers can truly enjoy the feeling of privacy, luxury, service and seclusion in a safe environment.
Interiors are spacious and equipped with a kitchen, several bedrooms, one or living rooms and bathrooms, sometimes a cinema, a gym, a spa…
Inside the Private Reserve at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives. The dining-room.
The most exclusive Maldives resorts for total isolation.
This is a non-exhaustive list.
The Maldives boast some of the most extraordinary Mansions and Residences in the world designed in various architectural styles for all tastes : Miami Modernist architecture, Robinson Crusoe style, signed by international designers, tropical style…
The Miami style Amilla Estate Residence at Amilla Maldives offers ultra luxury features for a perfect hideout in Maldives
A tropical 3 Bedroom MAnsion at The NAutilus MAldives.
Soneva Fushi Private Reserve, a giant Robinson Crusoe style BEach Villa
Villa Nika at Velaa Private Island Maldives. A 4 bedroom Designer residence signed by Patricia Urquiola.
The John Jacob Astor Estate overwater Mansion at The St Regis Vommuli Resort Maldives.
The perfect example of ultimate seclusion is Gili Lankanfushi’s Private Reserve, the world’s largest water villa with its 1,700 m2, located at 500 meters away from the island and accessible only by private boat.
The World’s largest Water Villa : The Private Reserve at Gili Lankanfushi
Rent an island in Maldives
If these Residences still do not meet your requirements and needs for isolation, the following options will surely make you Dreams come true.
In Maldives, you can also rent an island and make it entirely private.
In Maldives, you have 2 options : Rent a Private Island or transform an island into your own.
Rent a Private Island in Maldives
The first type is a Private Island by Essence.
The island can only be rented as such and is not open for sale to other guests.
Usually very small, it is made up of 1 Master Villa and several separate suites for friends and family.
Quintessence of the experience, these private islands are ideal for couples, Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark in Game Of Thrones) recently chose Coco Privé Private Island for a romantic getaway, or for a small group of 10 to 12 persons maximum.
Four Seasons Voavah Private Island, Coco Privé Private Island or Cheval Blanc Randheli are the perfect examples of Private Islands.
Four Seasons Voavah Private Island, Coco Privé Private Island and Cheval Blanc Randheli. 3 private islands for rent in the Maldives in photos
Kudadoo Private Island is bigger and can be rented for up to 30 people. A Dreamy Place for a group.
Make an Island totally private
The second is a classic island Resort with several villas which can be fully privatized for you.
Some resorts offer this option like Velaa Private Island or Naladhu Private Island. They both receive usual guests but can also perfectly adapt themselves to a super customized private island experience.
You can also privatize an island if you want to organize your wedding in Maldives.
Learn more about Renting an island in Maldives to get married.
You can also click on this pretty bride photo to read more
3/ Resorts apply Strict Health protocols, free PCR tests and flexible booking conditions
Maldives resorts make every possible effort to ensure that their guests live a peaceful and safe stay by providing health checks to everyone, strict protocols and flexibility in their booking policies.
Hotel staff temperature checks and free pcr tests for guests are provided
These resorts require all their employees to undergo regular temperature checks, such as Milaidhoo or Amilla Fushi . This measure is in the process of being extended to many hotels.
The Nautilus offers free PCR testing to all of its customers and staff. The resorts helped funding a Covid test center on Dharavandhoo Island in Baa Atoll.
Guests can get there in 20 minutes aboard the resort luxury yacht. This service ( the PCR test included ) is completely free of charges.
The Nautilus Maldives luxury yacht will take you to be tested for free on another island located 20 minutes away from the resort.
Small islands like Milaidhoo, one of the smallest ultra luxury resort in the Maldives, limit the number of guests on the island.
To be sure that you are isolated from the rest of the world, sleep on a sandbank !
Adapted cancellation and modification fees for customers are now applied
In order to allow travelers to plan their stays with confidence and serenity, some resorts (not all of them and that’s a pity) have adapted their booking policies with flexible cancellation and modification conditions for all stays.
Book your hotel with confidence and serenity !
Flexible reservation and cancellation policies have ( finally ) been put in place to book hotels and resorts with confidence and serenity.
Please note that these risk-free cancelation policies are not wide-spread yet and offered by some resorts only.
To date, the resorts that offer risk-free reservations are for example and to name a few : W Maldives, the St Regis Vommuli, Raffles Meradhoo, Coco Island by COMO…
Finally, most Maldives resorts, including the most luxurious ones, offer discounts throughout 2020 and sometimes until 2021.
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE Resorts :
- View here the hottest Maldives luxury deals right now, all handpicked and listed at Dreaming of Maldives main website.
On this same page are also listed the resorts that offer holidays with flexible cancellation conditions.
- You can also contact me if you have any question.
Safe Travels to you dear Dreamer.
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