Bahrain's flag-carrier, Gulf Air has returned back to the Sunny Side of Life. On Sunday, Gulf Air operated its first passenger flight to Velana International Airport (VIA) since the country closed its borders for international travelers due to COVID-19 pandemic on March 27.
Gulf Air will be operating two weekly flights via the airline’s newest Airbus 321neoLR which features 150 seats in economy class and 16 flat-bed seats in Falcon Gold class. Gulf Air’s first flight to the Maldives landed in Male on 27 October 2019 and it has been the airline’s key boutique destination in the Indian Ocean.
Being one of the few airlines that continued scheduled commercial operations, Gulf Air continuously works closely with the government authorities throughout the destinations on its network to resume operations as soon as airports open. Gulf Air boasts a flexible and agile network by immediately adapting to government orders and civil aviation directives around its network and has been responsive to continuous changes and updates regarding operations to and from its network destinations.
Updates are constantly added on gulfair.com/covid19 including travel advice, network and new health and safety procedures.
Tourists visiting the Maldives are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to departure and also present a negative COVID-19 test, conducted 96 hours prior to departure to the country. They are also granted a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country.
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