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CAN I SPLIT MY STAY ACROSS ISLANDS IN THE MALDIVES?

Maldives from the air

With travel restrictions lifted for many worldwide countries and with the festive period on the horizon we have recently seen a further uplift in inquiries with many potential guests looking to combine their stay between more than one local island, or between a local island and a resort or boat.

This has in turn led to many questions regarding the feasibility of what has been termed in the Maldives a ‘split stay’.

Below we have provided answers to some of the key questions you may have in regard to a split stay.

We hope this will assist you in planning your travel to the Maldives and also will aid you in understanding what to expect should you decide to book a combination holiday.

WHAT IS A SPLIT STAY?

  • A split stay is where your accommodation in the Maldives is booked at more than one resort island/local island/vessel for the duration of your stay. For example you may spend a week on board a vessel and then book to transfer to a resort island for a further week, or you may decide to island hop between two or three local islands.

WHAT IS THE CURRENT SITUATION REGARDING SPLIT STAYS IN THE MALDIVES?

  • A resort, guesthouse, vessel or local island can be put under monitoring at any point so whilst the likelihood is low, there is no guarantee that you will be able to transfer to/from an island until the day of transfer.
  • Monitoring status is brought about when an individual tests positive for COVID-19 and remains in place until all contact tracing has been completed and results of the tests for any contacts identified are returned as negative.
  • Updated details of islands and properties under monitoring can be found here.
  • Note there remains many resorts that are not accepting split stays in order to minimise the risk, or they may request a PCR test prior to arrival.

WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR A SPLIT STAY?

  • Tourists are allowed to travel between a resort/guesthouse/local island/vessel if the resort/guesthouse/local island/vessel is not placed under monitoring by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), i.e. no travel restrictions placed by HPA on the resort or tourist guest house or local island due to positive cases having been identified.
  • In the event an island/property/vessel is put under monitoring status by HPA, the island/property/vessel cannot accept any arrivals from any other island/property/vessel. Also other islands/properties/vessel are not allowed to accept guests from islands/properties/vessels under monitoring status.
  • Contact tracing is only a temporary status and will usually be cleared as quickly as possible.
  • Whilst a resort/guesthouse/island is under monitoring they are however able to accept international arrivals direct from an international flight.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A SPLIT STAY?

  • The property/vessel are required to complete and submit a split stay form to the Ministry of Tourism prior to your transfer date. This will be organised by the property/vessel but it is your responsibility to confirm with reception at time of check in.
  • Tourists must undergo an exit screening prior to travel from a resort/guesthouse/local island/vessel. This is to ensure that a symptomatic person or a person in quarantine does not exit the island. The exit screening will ask for any history of fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, running nose or shortness of breath. It should be ensured that the guest is not under quarantine or isolation. Temperature should be checked to exclude fever. Any tourist who has fever or respiratory symptoms or who is in quarantine should not be allowed to travel and will require testing for COVID-19.
  • The property/vessel where your health exit screening is completed has to submit the screening document to the Ministry of Tourism on the day of transfer.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS TO BE AWARE OF

  • Check if  properties where you have booked will extend a refund or credit should you not be able to transfer on the anticipated date if  either property/island is placed under monitoring.
  • Be prepared for additional accommodation expenditure and ensure your travel insurance covers such events.

For full details of travel guidelines to and within the Maldives check out our travel advice page.

UP TO DATE TRAVEL ADVICE FOR TRAVELLING TO THE MALDIVES 2021

 

We recommend that you also refer to the websites of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives for the most up to date information. We also advise to check your own home Foreign Office Travel Advice or seek consular assistance as part of your travel planning.

At Secret Paradise we have reviewed all our operational practices to ensure our guest’s comfort and safety. But without losing the memorable aspects of our experiences and service .

Want to find out how you can experience the Maldives in a safe and secure way? Take a visit to our website and select from tours, cruises and accommodation. Contact the Secret Paradise team to start your Maldives trip plan today!

For travel advice and information specific to local island guesthouses travel plans you can find details here.

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