Qatar Airways is expected to expand its operations to the Velana International Airport in the Maldives from 10 December onwards, by increasing to three flights a week for the holiday season.

On 10 December, the airline increased to two flights a week traveling the Doha-Male route. The Boeing 777 aircraft is currently being used for these flight operations. The third flight is expected to start from 17 December 2020 to 10 January 2021. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be used for this, traveling from Qatar to the Maldives.

After borders reopened on 15 July in the Maldives, Qatar Airways was the first airline to resume scheduled flight operations back into the destination for tourists. To ensure the wellbeing of travelers and staff, many health and safety measures have been adopted by the airline such as the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers.

Business Class equipped with the award-winning seat Qsuite, provides passengers with enhanced privacy, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator.

After borders reopened on 15 July 2020, all tourists will receive a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking to stay at any registered tourist accommodation in the Maldives. Tourists will not have to quarantine upon their arrival to the Maldives but must provide a negative PCR test. The PCR test must include relevant details such as the name and address of the laboratory that performed the testing, result of the test, date of testing as well as name and signature of the issuing officer. It must be submitted to Maldives Immigration via its IMUGA platform ( when filling out the Traveler Health Declaration.

Even after providing a negative PCR test, airport authorities may still be liable to subject passengers to screening or any other surveillance measures during the arrival process of travelers. Visitors that show symptoms of the coronavirus and any individuals traveling with such visitors will be tested at their own expense.

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