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(CNN) – When planning a trip to the Maldives, here’s what to know and expect if you plan to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.
The Maldives reopened its borders to all travelers on July 15th.
What’s on offer?
This is the couples destination to end everyone else – luxury hotels on private islands with cantilevered rooms over the water, just in case the stroll to the beach is too much of a hassle.
Who can go
All visitors can currently travel to the Maldives if they have tested negative for Covid.
What are the limitations?
All arrivals except for citizens of the Maldives are required to provide a certificate of negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure, clearly showing the name and address of the laboratory and the date the sample was taken.
The result must be attached to the traveller’s health declaration form, which must be submitted online within 24 hours prior to arrival.
The hotels are open and the guesthouses will reopen for international visitors on October 15th.
How is the Covid situation?
As of October 22, there were only 37 deaths in the Maldives, and a total of just over 11,000 cases. However, if the number increases, the health system could come under pressure. It is currently at the “alarm one” level (out of three) but was at level two in late August.
What can visitors expect?
The Maldives is selling itself as a destination that offers a “normal” vacation thanks to the isolation of most hotels and the fact that the vast majority of visitors stay at the resort rather than venturing out.
This means that while locals are subject to restrictions, including a ban on mass gatherings and not traveling between islands with Covid infections, those traveling to and from the airport are exempt. However, be prepared to stay in one place – movement between resorts and islands is subject to quarantine requirements.
Also, expect your resort to have some rules – particularly temperature control upon arrival and masks to be worn indoors.