Maldives is set to once again welcome tourists from China on November 2020.
While discussions are underway to welcome Chinese tourists to the paradise nation, the latest flight schedule by Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has revealed that Maldives will welcome flights from China in November 2020. According to this schedule, China Southern airlines is to operate from Guangzhou, China to Male’, Maldives on 29th November 2020.
In addition to this, Maldives will also welcome flights from Beijing, China during the month of December 2020, as per MACL flight schedule.
Maldives temporarily suspended tourist arrivals from China on 3rd February 2020 as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
China is the largest source market for Southeast Asian countries, including Maldives. Chinese market maintained its position as the top contributor to Maldives tourism with market share of 16.7% (284,029) in 2019.
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 (www.imuga.immigration.gov.mv), by all arriving passengers before arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time).