The thought of traveling in a #postcovid world is one that has left my mind bubbling with so many unanswered questions around safety and the great unknown. But alas, when push came to shove, I guess the thrill of a new adventure and the nerve-wracking desire to go see was all I needed.
The Maldives has been on top of my bucket list for the last thousand years. Insane azure blue waters, impossibly white sand beaches, and that breathtaking below equator sunset view! So when I heard the Maldives was opening up to tourists, and my agent from the Adam Bradford Agency reached out if I’d like to go for a short work trip, it didn’t take much convincing (I’ll be honest, it took zero convincing effort) to get me to jump on a plane to the sunny side of life.
While the Maldives is currently open to tourists, the reopening carries a few caveats, if you want to #visitmaldives here are a few things to note.
- No quarantine or self-isolation Is imposed on tourists going into the country!
- Before you start planning your trip, the first thing to note is that you will not be allowed to visit any of the inhabited islands. Tourists traveling to the Maldives will have to stay in their resort or liveaboard vessel until departure from the country. That means, if you have plans to go island hopping or to go into one of the local settlements, you’d be better off striking that off your list, as all resorts that are currently open have been instructed by the government to declare their guests’ arrivals and departure to and from the resorts.
- On that note. Not all the resorts are currently open, the Maldivian government published a list of resorts located on uninhabited islands that currently have licenses to receive people. These resorts have a wide range, the price points starting from about $100 to a whopping $5000 per night. Pick and choose anyone that meets your budget and hop on to the sunny side!
- Hotels and resorts are allowed to take you on excursions like snorkeling, turtle adventures, whale shark search, diving, sandbank day trips, and sunset/sunrise fishing experiences. All the water-related activities are open and functional, speak to your resort if you’re interested, and book your experience.
- When you touchdown on the airport Island, face masks are required throughout the immigration process. And social distancing procedures are heavily regulated, they’ve got everything from floor stickers, thermal scanners to uniformed personnel who are on guard to ensure everyone stays safe – this is really a no brainer.
- If you are planning to travel to the Maldives, you must carry your Maldives Health Declaration (click the previous link to access it) this applies to tourists, residents, and Maldivians. It DOES NOT replace a visa. If your nationality requires a visa, the immigration officers will ask for your Visa when you enter the Maldives. Keep in mind some nationalities will require a paper visa. If that is your case, I suggest you contact your local embassy.
- Taking into account the new measures taken by the Maldivian government to stop the spread of COVID-19, all travelers will need to obtain the new Maldives Health Declaration to enter the beautiful and tropical country. Protecting the safety of travelers and citizens of The Maldives is extremely important for the authorities, which is why this measure will be implemented for all travelers, no exception. You can only do this online. Make sure to print out your code after submitting the form as the immigration officials will not accept digital/electronic copies.
- The Maldives is HOT 🥵 don’t forget to pack light breezy clothes and sunscreen, I recommend SPF 50+. Also, the Maldives is very bright, sunglasses will do you a world of good (believe me…)
- The last few months can be ascribed as hellish. Take your self to the sunny side of life. Let your hair down, catch your breath, and allow yourself the freedom to live again.
Thank you for reading,
Benson Ekpo x
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