Maldives’ passenger sales agent for Air India, Villa Travels has announced that the airline will resume scheduled flights to the Maldives. 

The airline is set to operate two weekly flights will fly between Male’ and Trivandrum. The airline will also operate between Male’ and New Delhi. The flights are scheduled every week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    • AI 263 will take off every Tuesday at 13.15 hrs from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram and arrive 1 hr 20 mins later in Malé at 13.55 hrs (local time). 
    • On return, AI 264 will leave Malé at 1500 hrs and arrive at Thiruvananthapuram at 1650 hrs hours, giving you a comfortable check-out from your resort and yet leave enough daylight hours for an onward connection.

The Maldives does not require any quarantine for asymptomatic passengers, nor does it ask for any COVID tests before arrival. Though if anyone shows symptoms, they and the rest of their group will have to take a PCR test. However, to return to India, passengers have to undergo a home or institutional quarantine. Some cities, like Mumbai and Delhi, will let you skip the 7-day institutional quarantine if you have a fresh RT-PCR test report and some resorts in the Maldives will let passengers take the test before you fly. The rules are being updated every few days, so do check with the airline and the airport closer to your date 

This news comes days after officials announced the travel bubble linked between Maldives and India, to facilitate the movement of people between the two countries.

The Maldives recorded 1.7 million tourists in 2019, from which the Indian market comes in second among the top 10 markets in 2019 with 166,030 tourist arrivals. In 2018, the Indian market came in 5th place with 66,955 tourists.

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