Good news for travellers: Maldives to reopen for Indian tourists from July 15 - Check details here

Air passengers from India, who are waiting for a long time to fly abroad for vacations, the India-Maldives flights shall be resuming from July 15. The international flight services to Maldives will resume from next week that is July 15 as the island nation is reopening its international borders to many South Asian countries including India.

In a press conference held in the President's Office, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had announced that Maldives will restart issuing tourist VISAs to South Asian travellers from July 15 onwards. He had also said that his government will review the situation periodically between 1 and 15 July in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notably, the island prominently depends on tourism for its economy and it comes as relief to many resorts and hotels across the country which rely on international travellers for their business.

However, as per the updates from the Maldives tourism ministry, international passengers are required to carry a negative RT-PCR test.

Tourists will also have to submit health declaration form on the Maldives immigration portal 24 hours before departure. No mandatory quarantine or test on arrival.

Those who show symptoms of COVID-19 will have to undergo a PCR test.

The island nation had earlier imposed a temporary suspension of tourist visas for visitors travelling from South Asian countries since May 13. Apart from India, other countries included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

However, after reviewing the current situation and the drop in the number of cases, the ministry took this decision to allow tourists.

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