GullivAir, a new private airline in Bulgaria has operated its very first flight to Maldives from Romania on 27th December 2020.
GullivAir is a new airline in Bulgaria that was issued with an operating license by Bulgaria’s Civil Aviation Administration on September 25th this year. The airline operates with only a single Airbus A330-200 with the registration LZ-ONE.
The airline will be operating charter flights from Bucharest to Punta Cana and the Maldives (even though the airline is Bulgarian, it’s operating some charter flights out of Romania).
The startup airline plans to have a fleet of 3 Airbus A330s within the next several months. The airline has big growth plans, with the goal of flying to New York by the summer of 2021. In addition to this, GullivAir also plans to operate additional flights to the Maldives through January 2021.
With more airlines now offering services to the Maldives for the winter holiday season, the destination’s tourism continues to bounce back. The World’s Leading Destination broke record with over 6,000 tourists on a single day since the border reopening on 27th December 2020.
The country has welcomed 159,440 tourists since border reopening. With this, Maldives has welcomed a total of 542,287 tourists as of 27th December 2020.
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.
With Condor airlines resuming services, there are 22 airlines currently operating to Maldives.
Maldives has also extended ‘Split Stay’ for all types of tourist accommodation facilities, allowing tourists to split their stay between resort, hotels, guesthouses and liveaboard 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).