Malé, Maldives — The Indian low-cost airline, IndiGo has announced that they will be operating daily non stop direct flights from Kochi (also known as Cochin), India to the capital of Maldives, Malé starting from 19 February 2021.
While IndiGo was initially operating only 4 times a week between Maldives and India, the airline has announced that they will be increasing the frequency of flights between the countries with the airline operating flights as mentioned below:
- Maldives to Mumbai – Daily flights.
- Maldives to Delhi – 4 times a week.
- Maldives to Bangalore – Daily flights.
- Maldives to Kochi – Daily flights.
Maldives and India signed an agreement to establish an Air Bubble between the 2 countries on August 2020. This is the first Air Bubble established in South Asia.
Under this Air Bubble agreement, flights are arranged in a safe corridor provided by the local authorities where the tourists can travel straight to their respective resorts from the airport without any hassle, in absence of quarantine restrictions.
There is currently no mandatory quarantine or testing on arrival for the tourists traveling to Maldives. However, they are required to complete an online health declaration form and provide a negative PCR test result taken at least 96 hours prior to their departure. The negative PCR test result must be attached with the Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online via IMUGA.