NewsNovember 14, 2020

SriLankan Airlines to Operate London-Maldives Direct Flights From Dec 12

SriLankan Airlines will operate direct London-Maldives flights this winter. The flights will commence twice weekly from 12th December 2020.

The new Heathrow-Male service will be operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart Heathrow at 7.30pm, arriving Male at 10.50am the following day. Return flights will also operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing Male at 11.40am and arriving into Heathrow at 6.00pm.


From March 30, 2021, flights will depart Heathrow at 8.10pm, but are still scheduled to arrive in Male at 10.50am the following day. The route will operate until April 13, 2021, running alongside Oneworld alliance partner British Airways’ 6 weekly direct Heathrow-Male service.

British Airways’s Male flights depart Heathrow at 6.15pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 6.15pm, arriving Male at 9.40am+1. Its Saturday flights depart Heathrow at 9.20pm, arriving Male at 12.45pm+1.

Maldives recently landed on UK’s Global Travel Advisory list, enabling travelers to return to UK without the need for mandatory self isolation from 25th October 2020.

Maldives opened 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.

The paradise destination 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).