Travel bubble established between Qatar and Maldives

Qatar Airways flight at Velana International Airport | Photo: Sun

Doha, Qatar –  Qatar Airways has unveiled a special “Travel Bubble Hoidays” package to the Maldives and have established their ‘Safe Travel Bubble’ between Qatar and the Maldives.

Qatar is now the second country to establish a travel bubble between Maldives, joining India who has been operating their air bubble with the Maldives since September.

The package, marketed for Qatar residents, promises no quarantine or self-isolation upon return, Qatar Airways claim residents do not need to obtain an Exceptional Entry Permit to return home either.

Tourists are required to a provide a Negative COVID PCR result that is no more older than 72 hours. In addition, tourists from Qatar will be subjected to a rapid COVID test at Doha Airport before embarking on their journey to the Maldives.

The offer starts from the 1st of December to the 7th of January and tourists are to choose between Sandies Bathala Resort and Diamonds Thudufushi Maldives.

Qatar Airways joins the growing number of international flights resuming service to the Maldives. Tourism numbers have been increasing daily with more than 2000 tourists arriving on Sunday, the most since borders reopened in July.

However, COVID cases have risen in the Maldives after weeks of remaining low and has been attributed to multiple outbreaks at tourist resorts.

According to the Covid-19 updates of the tourism sector of the Maldives released by the Tourism Ministry, from July 15 till November 11 of the year, a total of 51,354 tourists had come to the Maldives from various parts of the world.

The most number of tourists had come from Russia with a total of 11,240 tourists. United Kingdom followed with 4,468 tourists and 3,927 U.S.A nationals had also come during this period.

The most number of tourists had been brought to Maldives during this period by Emirates Airlines which brought in 16,260 people in total until November 11, with a total of 194 movements. Second highest number of people had been brought by Qatar Airways with a total of 15,642 people on 218 movements.