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Great news for the Indian travel sector is now coming in phases! In yet another story, India and Maldives announce an air travel bubble, a first within the neighboring countries. The arrangement is going to be beneficial for people from both sides of the country. India is already operating flights in limited quantities via an air bubble with the United States of America, United Kingdom, France United Arab Emirates, and Germany.

India-Maldives Air Bubble: A Savior For People

Resort in Maldives

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The announcement came after a video meeting between Dr. S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India, and Abdulla Shahid, Foreign Minister of Maldives. The FM thanked the Indian government for including the Maldives among the first neighboring countries to establish an air bubble. 

Many people were stuck following the restrictions back in March and April as this bubble aims to help such travelers. The move is also expected to assist the tourism and employment sector and most importantly medical emergencies. Now, India will be admitting critical patients from the Maldives.

Benefit To Tourism With India-Maldives Air Bubble

Maldives Ocean

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The FM of Maldives also emphasized the importance of easing travel restrictions. Indian tourists account for more than 70% of the Maldives’ travel ecosystem. To visit the largely deserted islands, resorts, and beaches in the island nation, here are some important things to know:

  • The atolls in the Maldives have already opened resorts, hotels, guesthouses, and beaches to welcome tourists 
  • The country will not impose any sort of compulsory quarantine 
  • Also, visas will be free and provided on arrival 
  • You need to have a confirmed booking in a hotel or resort
  • Travelers need to submit an online health declaration form 24 hours before arrival, no other health certificates required
  • If you have a travel history or symptomatic, travel is not advised
  • All guests will be subjected to temperature checks in Male 
  • Some establishments have given specific information, which tourists can find on their official website

Further Read: Updates On Countries That Impressed With Their Handling Of The COVID’19 Outbreak

As resorts open gradually, in phases, it is expected that a trip to the Maldives will be on a priority list for many travelers. With air bubbles being set up with multiple countries, travel has resumed, although it will take a while to operate fully. So, do let us know when you are planning to visit the Maldives. Also, the countries you plan to visit post-lockdown!

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