EDIT: JANUARY 2021 – DUE TO UK LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS NO HOLIDAYS CAN DEPART AT PRESENT SADLY.
The Maldives is now officially open to visitors from the UK. We work with fabulous Maldives specialists, who have recently updated us from the islands directly and will help our clients with any questions for their holidays. Below are the current travel requirements for the Maldives (updated 27 November 2020).
There are a few conditions – the details of which are listed below – but we don’t believe that these will be prohibitive for travellers who truly need a break. The Maldives is the ultimate spot for a relaxing and restorative holiday.
1) Importantly, you do not need to quarantine on arrival into the UK as The Maldives is now on the safe travel list (when you fly direct – which you can do with British Airways from London Heathrow).
2) The FCDO has made the Maldives exempt from the ‘all but essential’ travel list.
3) You will need to have a confirmed negative PCR test 96 hours prior to departure from the UK. We can provide details of companies that guarantee test results within this window.
4) You will also need to fill out an online health declaration form (and attach the test results) before you travel.
How do I get a negative PCR test in time for travel?
We will arrange for our accredited partners to send a test to your house in time to get a time-stamped travel certificate. We include this service in your holiday booking.
What if I book a holiday, but I fail the PCR test?
All of our hotels are currently offering free date changes, even close to departure, so you would be able to move to a later date. The right travel insurance policy can insure you against any financial risk too.
Do I have to quarantine on return?
No, if you fly directly with British Airways from London-Male-London. The government added The Maldives to the travel corridor list on 22nd October, and the island nation is now exempt from FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel.
Is The Maldives COVID safe?
Made up of 1200 tiny islands dotted around 26 atolls, The Maldives is arguably one of the world’s most naturally socially distant and Covid-safe locations. There are currently a low number of active cases with almost all on the capital, Male, which you will completely bypass en route to your resort. Even the airport is not attached to Male itself.
What will it be like in The Maldives?
Amazing! Unlike many other destinations, Maldivian hotels are geared entirely for holidays. They have not had the option to pivot towards domestic tourism or business travel during Covid times, so there will be no compromises on the service and experience. All resort activities and watersports will be running as normal and of course, one of the main attractions is swimming in turquoise seas and snorkelling around the coral reefs – a Covid safe experience. Hotel staff will ensure a very warm welcome.
Where should I stay?
Maldives resorts generally have their own island and there are numerous things to consider when choosing the best one. Choosing your island is where our expertise comes in and our consultants can help you choose the one that best suits your style, budget and requirements.
Will I be screened on arrival?
Highly unlikely unless you are showing Covid symptoms (which itself is unlikely if you got this far!) although random screening is possible.
What happens to me if I do show Covid symptoms on arrival?
Since the requirement for a negative PCR test came into effect, there have been many arrivals and no such incidents so you’d be very unlucky! If you did, then you would be expected to isolate in a government-approved island resort.
What happens if I come down with COVID in the resort?
You would be expected to self isolate in your villa or at a government quarantine facility, depending on the resort. The Government quarantine facilities are four-star hotels. Catching COVID in the Maldives is incredibly unlikely due to the nature of the scattered and tiny islands, the natural social distancing in the resort and the stringent entry protocols.
What if someone else tests positive for covid in the resort?
A person testing positive for COVID would be required to self-isolated of course, but it would not affect the holiday of anyone else.
Can I get travel insurance to cover COVID related problems?
Yes. Our travel insurance partners, Global Travel Insurance, offer an excellent policy which covers the risk of contracting COVID before travel and while away. Many good policies offer cover for COVID related issues. Do check the small print though, as we do recommend a comprehensive cover.
What if I get COVID before I travel or during the 96 hr test?
As above, your travel insurance policy should cover against this eventuality. For any situation which a comprehensive policy would not cover, our ‘COVID Promise’ becomes important. We will refund the bulk of your money (as agreed at the point of booking) for ANY COVID-related reason at all! You can’t say fairer than that – can you?
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