NewsNovember 17, 2020

Russian Azur Air to Commence Flights to Maldives

Russian charter airline, Azur Air will commence flights from Moscow to Male’ (Maldives) on Boeing-777 from November 28 onward. Flights will operate once a week during the autumn-winter season. This is the second Russian airline starts flying to the Maldives. Previously, only Russia’s flag carrier Aeroflot operated flights to the island nation.

“Azur Air is expanding the possibilities of Russian tourists to spend their holidays in the Maldives. On November 28, regular flights from Moscow to Male will open on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The program is scheduled once a week, on Saturdays, for the entire autumn-winter season,” the company said.

Maldives reopened borders to all nationalities from 15th July onward. 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. The reopening of borders came with various safety measures in place to ensure the safety of both tourists and staff.

Tourists are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to departure and also present a negative COVID-19 test, conducted 96 hours prior to departure to the Maldives.

“The Maldives has a complex system of monitoring the epidemiological situation. Tourists from Russia must have a certificate in English confirming a negative PCR test result. The test must be done no earlier than 96 hours before departure. In addition, before traveling, you must fill out a special the form on the website of the migration service of the islands, as well as download a mobile application,” the airline reminded the tourists.

Maldives has also introduced the first COVID-19 travel insurance in the country, Allied Inbound, which covers medical charges, isolation facility charges, emergency medical transportation charges and interment charges following a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 during their stay in the country.
Prior to the lockdown on 27th March, Maldives observed 382, 760 tourist arrivals. Since the reopening of borders, there have been over 50,000 arrivals up until now, with tourist arrivals from major markets such as the Middle East, India and UAE.