British Airways resumes flights from UK to Maldives

British Airways passengers disembarking at Velana International Airport | Photo: VIA

Malé, Maldives – British Airways on Saturday resumed flights from Heathrow Airport, London to Velana International Airport, Malé.

The airline has reopened flights to the Maldives after the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) reevaluated the risks of travelling to Maldives based on the current assessment of COVID-19 in the Maldives and stated that they no longer advise against all but essential travel to the Maldives.

The UK removed the Maldives from the travel red list on 22 September 2021. UK will also be introducing a new simplified system for international travel from tomorrow, 4 October 2021, simplifying travel the UK guidelines by maintaining a red list only and easing measures for the rest of the world.

While fully vaccinated persons will not need a pre-departure test and starting late October will be allowed to replace the day 2 PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test.

UK is one of the leading source markets for Maldives tourism with a spot in the top 10 tourist arrivals in 2021.