During these Covid times, international travel is restricted to quite an extent. For Indians, the two international destinations that are conducive for leisure travel at the moment are Dubai and Maldives. And hence, we are seeing a large list of celebrities all head to the Maldives, be it Shilpa Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Shraddha Kapoor, Tapsee Pannu or are very known On His Own Trip team 😉
Even when we were planning our visit there, there seemed to be confusing rules given on different websites. The agents said something, the websites another. Now that we went there, and have figured it all out perfectly, here’s a guide from our side to help any future Indian travelers going to the Maldives.
- For Indians, there is free visa on arrival in Maldives.
- All Indian travelers need to have a RT PCR Covid Negative certificate during departure from India. This should be obtained within 72 hours before flying time.
- Within 24 hours prior to departure to Maldives, travelers need to submit an Online Health Declaration form through IMUGA portal.
- Besides the Covid negative report, all travelers must carry two way return tickets, valid passport, two passport size pictures, and the booking vouchers of the accommodation they are staying in. These will be verified at the check-in counter at the Indian airport and only if all documents are found correct, will travelers be allowed to proceed.
- Once you reach Maldives, immigration is smooth and swift.
- As soon as you exit the airport, there are a number of counters dedicated to the service of various resorts, and you can approach them to avail of the transfers to your resort.
- Before leaving Maldives, you will have to conduct another RT PCR test. It will have to be done in their country itself. Most resorts charge between USD 100 – 120 for the test, and its done in-house.
- Within 24 hours prior to flying out of Maldives, you will have to fill the online form on IMUGA portal
- You will also need to fill the AirSuvidha form online, before landing in India.
Tips while going to Maldives
- You cannot take alcohol into Maldives. It is a punishable offence, and all bags are checked, so do not carry alcohol
- Velana International Airport has a Duty Free counter only in the Departure terminal and not at Arrivals, so if you want to drink alcohol, the only place you can buy it is in the resorts you stay in.
- Most things are expensive in Maldives, so it’s better to get an all meals/ all inclusive package deal with the resort you stay in!
- Carry a pair of snorkel glasses. The oceans in Maldives are teeming with sea life. Instead of constantly renting it from resort at a price, you can use your own snorkel glasses and even ten feet from the beach, you will see hundreds of fishes, corals, and other marine life.
On His Own Trip is leading group trips to Maldives and is also customizing trips for people who want to go to Maldives. We have got great deals, and have a tie up with a lovely resort. If you want to book a trip to Maldives, drop us a mail on [email protected] or call us on 9108414850
Must do in Maldives
- Stay in a water villa! It’s expensive, but its so so worth it! If you haven’t stayed in a water villa in Maldives, you haven’t really done Maldives!
- Go scuba diving. Like we said before, the ocean is teeming with marine life.
Best time to visit Maldives: November to April. From May onwards, the monsoon seasons starts and continues till October.