THE MALDIVES IS ONE OF THE BEST and most fascinating travel destinations in the world and from 15 July 2020, international airports will open in phases for flights, visiting tourists and yacht arrivals.
“In the current plan, the first phase allows for the arrival of private jets and visiting tourists and yachts,” reports Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives Director, Mohamed Hameed. He added, “There are health guidelines to follow until a vaccine is available and these releases may change at any time depending on the situation and virus spread in the community.”
It is currently mandatory for all tourists and short-term visitors to present a negative PCR certificate on arrival/entry to the Maldives.
Hameed explains, “Every tourist/crew is required to conduct a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure to the Maldives. In the case of transiting/visiting yachts, each crew will be required to conduct the test 72 hours prior to departure from their last port/origin (even though it takes several days at sea afterwards to reach the Maldives).
“We can arrange to collect PCR samples from departing crew as well; a nurse or health personnel can go on board for this service and then email them once the results are ready. It usually takes 48–72 hours to get PCR results in the Maldives,” said Hameed.
Also benefitting visiting vessels is a substantial reduction in fees to enter the Maldives.
This helps make the Maldives not only a superyacht favourite but also makes it a viable stopover for all yachts crossing the Indian Ocean. It is a convenient stopover for yachts bound for either the Red Sea or en route via the Cape of Good Hope.
The Maldives Archipelago consists of 26 atolls in entirely natural formation, with only a small number inhabited. The exotic atolls, with their lush green tropic jungles and gleaming white sands, stretch across the equator. The Maldives oozes luxury and elegance with exclusive resort islands that provide high-end luxury and incredible beauty, ambience and services.
“The Maldives archipelago features minuscule coral islets of deep blue seas, offering fantastic cruising adventures with the waterways providing the best and most natural of transport.
“Our clients love the generally picture-perfect weather – sunlit days, breezy nights, balmy mornings and iridescent sunsets,” adds Mohamed, suggesting yacht visitors contact APS Maldives to confirm any changes to travel requirements before travelling.