Here is a great piece of news, flights to these paradise islands of Indian Ocean are all set to take off soon. The India Maldives air bubble is part of a slew of measures formalised today to enhance trade and cooperation between the two countries. Business-y bits aside, the travel corridor includes travel for tourism “to sustain and promote the dynamic people-to-people ties between the two countries,” as tweeted India’s Minister for External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar. In short, it’s vacation time! Here’s all you need to know about the bubble and the rules surrounding it.
What does an India Maldives Air Bubble Mean ?
An air bubble between countries allows citizens to travel freely between specified nations without having the need to undergo on-arrival quarantine. India currently has allowed travel to the US, the UK, Germany, France and Kuwait, and is in talks with Canada for a similar travel arrangement.
When do the flights begin?
Flights between the 02 countries are expected to start from 18th August. Although it is yet no clear which airlines will be operating flights, before the pandemic Go Air , Spice Jet and Indigo all had regular services from a host of Indian Airports.
What about the Visa?
Contrary to some reports, you do not need a visa before travel to the Maldives, All Indian nationals can get one upon arrival.
Do I need to undergo a Covid Test before travel?
No. All traveller only need to fill a health declaration 24 hrs. before boarding and then once again before they depart from the Maldives
What about Social Distancing Rules?
All travelers will be required to wear a face mask at the airport, public spaces and during internal travel and will be expected to adhere to social distancing norms.
Since the Maldives first opened to tourists from around the world on 15th July, with all the safety protocols in place, it has emerged as a destination of choice for many travelers. Although the wait has been long it’s now time to enjoy the pristine beaches and satiate our wanderlust.