The Maldives has announced an ease in lockdown restrictions starting from 29th June 2020, with its borders opening from July.
Mohamed Hameed, Asia Pacific Superyachts’ director in the Maldives, stated, “International airports will open in phases from 1st July 2020 for flights and tourist/yacht arrivals.
“There will be health guideline to follow until a vaccine is available and these releases may change at any time, depending on the situation and the virus spread in the community.”
As a convenient stop-over for yachts bound for either the Red Sea or en route via the Cape of Good Hope, the good news is that from earlier this year (April 2020) the fees to enter the Maldives have been substantially reduced, making this a viable stopover for all yachts crossing the Indian Ocean.
The Maldives, a small country in South East Asia made up of 26 atolls, lies in a north/south chain in the Arabian Sea in the Indian Ocean. It lies south west of Sri Lanka and India and approximately 620 miles from the Asian continent. Famous for its exotic atolls, rich green colours of the lush tropic jungle and gleaming white sands, the Maldives is a destination growing in popularity among luxury yacht visitors and charterers.