NewsDecember 6, 2020

Air Seychelles Begins Johannesburg-Maldives Direct Flights

Welcome to Maldives, Air Seychelles! The airline has begun operations from Johannesburg, South Africa to Male’, Maldives with its first scheduled flight that arrived at Velana International Airport on 5th December 2020.

The flights are scheduled every Friday night from Johannesburg for 6 weeks, providing travelers the opportunity to plan their holidays in advance for the upcoming festive season.


The flight will make an intermediate brief stop in Seychelles before continuing to Velana International Airport in Male (MLE), Maldives. The returning flight is set to be operated every Saturday, allowing travelers a full week holiday in the Maldives with a total flying time of less than 9 hours.

Due to the unprecedented events surrounding the COVID – 19 pandemic, Air Seychelles has extended its waiver policy to provide travelers more flexibility and peace of mind if they choose to rebook and fly at a later time. As part of the policy, travelers holding tickets issued any time until 31 December 2020, can now benefit from unlimited date changes with no penalty fee.

Maldives reopened borders to all nationalities from 15th July 2020. All visitors are granted a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country.

Maldives has also extended ‘Split Stay’ for all types of tourist accommodation facilities, allowing tourists to split their stay between resort, hotels, guesthouses and live aboard boats, with prior approval as per split-stay procedure and guideline by the Ministry of Tourism.

While there is no mandatory quarantine or testing on arrival, tourists traveling to Maldives are required to complete an online health declaration form and provide a negative PCR test result taken at least 96 hours prior to their departure.

The negative PCR test result must be attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online via IMUGA (, by all arriving passengers before arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time).

Featured Image: Velana International Airport