Maldives declared as a safe travel destination by Switzerland

Swiss based Edelweiss Air flight parked at Velana International Airport | Photo: Aviation Nepal

Male’ Maldives – Switzerland has declared the Maldives as a safe country for the citizens to visit without having to quarantine themselves from October 29, 2020 onward. 

Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) Switzerland has removed the Maldives from the new “risk countries list”. This gives the Maldives the green light for citizens of Switzerland. Maldives being declared safe enables visitors to return to Switzerland without having to self isolate for ten-days.

Switzerland is currently among the highest tourist arrival countries to the Maldives since the reopening of borders. Since then 3,036 tourists have visited the Maldives. In 2019 alone more than 33,000 tourists visited the Maldives which is an increase of 2.6% compared to 2018.

All visitors to the Maldives are granted a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country. While there is no obligatory isolate or testing on arrival, visitors making a trip to the Maldives are needed to finish an online health declaration form and give a negative PCR test result taken in any event 96 hours before their takeoff.

Maldives closed their borders on March 27 to combat the spread of Covid-19. As a result, the economy of Maldives had to face a huge downfall as tourism was brought to a halt. It’s been a total of three months since the re-opening of the borders and more than 30,000 tourists have visited the Maldives.