Swiss leisure airline Edelweiss has announced that the airline is resuming flight operations between Switzerland and the Maldives from 26 September 2020. The airline will operate two weekly direct flights from Zurich to Male.

Patrick Heymann, Chief Commercial Officer of Edelweiss quoted in a statement, “Over 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean with its crystal clear water offer divers and snorkelers a breathtaking backdrop. Almost nowhere is there so much privacy as on the many beautiful, small islands,”

Switzerland ranks in the 13th highest performing market in terms of tourist arrivals to the Maldives as well as one of the important traditional markets. In 2019, Switzerland recorded a total of 33,829 tourist arrivals to the Maldives which is a 2.6% increase compared to 2018. With the Maldives route, Edelweiss continues to add another luxury vacation destination to its routes for the coming autumn vacations.

The Maldives has reopened its international borders on July 15, 2020, and travelers will get a free 30-day on arrival visa. Effective from 10th September 2020, the island nation has made it mandatory to present a certificate of the negative PCR test result for COVID-19 with the sample taken 72 hours prior to departure. Travelers must also have a prior confirmed booking in a registered tourist facility and submit the Traveler Health Declaration form online (IMUGA form), within 24hrs prior to your departure to the Maldives. The government has also permitted “split stay” which allows tourists to visit multiple resorts during their stay in the Maldives. The government has also permitted guesthouses in residential islands to reopen for international tourists starting October 15, 2020.

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