EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVELING TO THE MALDIVES DURING COVID-19

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVELING TO THE MALDIVES DURING COVID-19


PLANNING YOUR STAY IN THE MALDIVES


1. Can I stay at different resorts when holidaying in Maldives?

Under current circumstances, tourists may visit other operational resorts subject to prior approval from the Ministry of Tourism. You are advised to inform the prior so that we may facilitate the approval process via the resorts. Guests staying at multiple resorts are required to present a negative PCR test conducted less than 48 hours prior to arrival in the resorts in addition to the report provided on arrival at the airport. Travel to other residential islands and to the capital city of Male’ is prohibited.

2. Has the Visa Process changed?

On-arrival visas are still available for all tourists, and visa extensions are available for any long-stay holidaymakers. For your free 30-day on-arrival tourist visa, you have to provide:

I. A confirmed hotel booking, sufficient funds and confirmed return ticket.

II. Health Declaration Form x 2 (on arrival and prior to departure)

III. A negative PCR test conducted less than 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en route to the Maldives.


Infants less than 12 months old are exempt from this requirement. Travelers who have a transit of 24 hours or more during their journey are required to redo their PCR test prior to arrival in the Maldives.

3. What is the process for completing the mandatory Health Declaration Form?

Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be completed and submitted by all travellers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via the immigration website of the Government of the Republic of Maldives.

4. How will I know the social distancing practices to follow at the airport?

All physical distancing guidelines are clearly marked with visible distance information and floor markings in passenger terminals. Hand sanitisation and hygiene facilities are also available throughout the airport.

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5. Do I have to wear a mask at the Airport?

Yes. All tourists are required to wear facemasks at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces.

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6. What can I do to have a safer holiday experience in the Maldives?

We encourage all visitors to install the Maldives’ contact tracing app ‘TraceEkee’ (App Store / PlayStore) before arrival into the country to help us ensure your safety and the safety of others as you enjoy your holiday. Always remember to practice good hygiene, frequent handwashing/use of hand sanitizer, respiratory etiquette and maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between others outside your contact bubble, throughout your trip.

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7. Am I required to undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival?

No. Only those who display COVID-19 like symptoms, such as a fever above 38 degrees Celsius, coughing or sneezing, will be tested for COVID-19.

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8. What kind of tests will be performed at the immigration upon arrival to Maldives?

All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives. You may also be chosen for a random COVID-19 PCR test by the Maldivian Health Authorities.

9. Do I have to pay if I get chosen for random testing?

No. If chosen for a random PCR test on arrival, the Maldives government will bear the cost for testing.

10. If I am showing signs associated with Covid-19 or if I am Covid-19 Positve?

If you are showing signs associated with COVID-19 on arrival, you will be required to undertake a PCR test. If you are found to be COVID-19 positive, you will be required to isolate for 14 days at the resort for which you have a confirmed booking. Please note, members of your travelling party (close contacts) will also be PCR tested and be subjected to quarantine if you are found to be COVID-19 positive. At the end of the 14-day quarantine period, you and your travelling party will have to undergo a second PCR test and can depart the Maldives only if the results are negative. If positive, further quarantine is required. Travel will not be allowed during the quarantine period. Please note that the costs associated with the testing and isolation are to be borne by you at a discounted rate.

HOW ARE THE RESORTS MAKING YOUR HOLIDAY SAFER WHILE YOU ARE AT THE RESORT?

Do I have to wear a mask at the resort?

Resorts recommend all guests to wear a mask or face-covering and always practice social distancing when in public areas at the resort and when receiving services in your villa. Please note that all resort staff will be wearing masks and associated PPE depending on their respective duties.

1. Is social distancing mandatory at the resort?

Yes. The resorts have enforced social distancing in our public spaces however we advise all guests to maintain a minimum of 2 metres from guests who are not in your travelling party at all times. In the event, a guest tests positive during their time on the resort, other guests who have come into close contact with the affected guest will be required to self-isolate and undergo a PCR test.

2. What tests will be done when I arrive at the resort to check-in?

Upon arrival, there will be a screening process that will include a temperature check as well as a health questionnaire and a history of recent travel taken. Certain resorts conduct additional PCR tests as well.

3. What tests will be done when I depart at the Resort upon check-out?

A mandatory exit screening will be conducted by the resort that will include a health questionnaire and temperature check.

4. Are there medical services available at the resort?

Yes. There is an on-site clinic and resident doctor available 24/7 at all resorts.

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5. I need to have a PCR test carried out before I leave the resort. Is this possible?

Yes. The resort can arrange a PCR test to be carried out prior to your departure. Please ensure you advise us at the time of booking and reconfirm upon check-in on your requirement and advise the maximum timing to conduct the test (i.e. 24hrs, 48hrs or 72hrs before departure). The sample will be taken at the resort clinic by our doctor and transported to the PCR testing facility in the capital city of Male’. The cost of the PCR testing varies between USD 80 – USD 179 per person / per sample including a handling and transportation fee that will be added to your final bill at check-out.

If the above does not answer your question; please reach us on [email protected] for all your Covid-19 related travel concerns and to plan your holiday in the Maldives stress-free.

On January 25, 2021

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COVID-19 Travel Updates

First and foremost, our hearts are with those who have been affected by COVID-19.
We are also delighted to let you know that all International Travellers are welcome in the Maldives again with effective Covid-19 related government protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

  1. On-arrival visas are still available for all tourists, and visa extensions are available for any long-stay holidaymakers. For your free 30-day on-arrival tourist visa, you have to provide:

  2. A confirmed hotel booking, sufficient funds and confirmed return ticket.

  3. Health Declaration Form x 2 (on arrival and prior to departure)

  4. A negative PCR test conducted less than 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation enroute to the Maldives.

  5. Infants less than 12 months old are exempt from this requirement. Travelers who have a transit of 24 hours or more during their journey are required to redo their PCR test prior to arrival in the Maldives.

  6. Under current circumstances, tourists may visit other operational resorts subject to prior approval from the Ministry of Tourism. You are advised to inform the prior so that we may facilitate the approval process via the resorts.




To help you book with confidence, OV Holidays provides you the following:


FLEXIBILTY
  1. Exceptional Cancellation Policy

  2. COVID-19 Refund Request

  3. Amazing Discounts of up to 50% for New Bookings

  4. Minimal Deposit Fee & Zero-Interest Installment Plans


24/7 ASSISTANCE & SUPPORT
  1. Dedicated hotline for bookings within 14days of arrival

  2. Personal Destination Specialist to assist round the clock

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your patience and kind understanding at these trying times.
We will continue to monitor the events unfolding and keep you updated on the changes to these procedures so that you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.
Thank you for your continued support to OV Holidays. Keep Safe.

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