COVID-19: Aviation authority publishes guidelines for airlines

Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (MCAA) has published operational guidelines to be followed by airlines when the Maldives reopens its borders next month.

According to the operational guidelines, all passengers are required to wear masks at all times. Information on COVID-19 and safety guidelines must be given to passengers upon boarding, any passenger who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately report the information to Immigration. Both international and domestic airlines are to adhere to the guideline.

Those departing from the Maldives must carry a health card that displays a negative result for COVID-19 when presenting to the immigration counter. An 'Online Health Declaration Form' must be filled 24 hours prior to the departure. If any passenger develops symptoms of COVID-19, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) must be immediately informed.

The Maldives closed its borders to tourists on March 27 as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. While the tourism-dependent archipelago is preparing to reopen its borders on July 15, over 10 international airlines have requested to book slots from the airport to operate their flights.