Switzerland Marks Maldives as a Safe Destination for Travel

PUBLISHED November 01, 2020 | updated November 01, 2020 02:28

Switzerland has marked Maldives as safe for travel. Maldives was removed from Switzerland's high-risk countries list on 29th October 2020, which means that travelers from Maldives to Switzerland will no longer be subjected to a 10-day quarantine upon return.  

Swiss luxury airline, Edelweiss Air is among the many international airlines to have resumed operations to Maldives, providing a direct link between Malé and Zurich. 

The decision to ease travel restrictions between the two countries was made following the addition of Maldives to the UK's Global Safe Travel List and Qatar's Green List recently. 

Additionally, Maldives has received the Safe Travels Stamp granted by the World Travel and Tourism council (WTTC). The Airports Council International (ACI) has also awarded accreditation status to the Velana International Airport (VIA). 

Maldives is currently open to tourists of all nationalities with several tourist establishments resuming operations. Tourists are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to departure, and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken maximum 96 hours prior to departure to Maldives is mandatory. 

As Switzerland is a key market for tourist arrivals to the Maldives, this decision will hopefully increase tourist arrivals from the country. The government along with the tourism industry and stakeholders are working tirelessly to ensure that Maldives is a safe haven for all, and to reach a favorable tourist arrival rate by the end of the year. 


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