Latest News - 15th June 2021

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Maldives To ensure the safety of all, HPA has made it a mandatory requirement for all tourist (including those who have completed the prescribed dose(s) of a Covid-19 vaccine) to present a negative test result for a Nucleic Acid Test (PCR test) for Covid-19 on arrival effective 3rd May 2021. Maldives has also currently halted check-ins for South Asian countries due to the Indian Variant. Maldives government’s official website.

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka opened its airports on 21st January 2021 to all nationalities. When arriving in the country, the travellers need to bring a negative PCR test result that is not older than 72 hours. If the travellers are vaccinated and are arriving in the country 14 days after their final vaccination, then they only need to stay in a Level 1 hotel on the first night until they do the first PCR test in the country. Afterwards, they can travel anywhere in the country and stay at any hotel. But if the clients are not vaccinated, then they need to travel in a bio-bubble and stay in Level 1 hotels and visit only designated sites for the first 14 nights. After the 14th night, they can travel freely around the country. Even during the first 14 nights, they can travel to any Level 1 hotel across the country. For more recent updates visit the Sri Lanka government’s official website.

Seychelles With immediate effect, travellers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are not permitted to travel to and enter Seychelles without proof of Covid-19 vaccination, which should be presented on application for Travel Authorisation. And travellers from Brazil are not permitted to travel to or enter Seychelles. Vaccination certificates are subject to verification and approval of the Public Health Authority. All visitors need to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate, obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel. For more recent updates visit the Seychelles government’s official website.

Mauritius The island has established the following protocols to keep everyone safe, and is welcoming tourists in phases during 2021. Phase 1 as of the 15th of July to 30th of September allows fully vaccinated travellers to use hotel facilities and the surrounding beaches provided that they have a negative PCR test on the 1st, 7th and 14th day of arrival. After 14 days with consecutive negative results guests can travel around the Island.

If a second dose of a vaccine is required to be fully vaccinated, this must be given at least 3 weeks before arrival. Travellers under the age of 18 are exempted from this and will not need to undergo a PCR test. Guests must have medical insurance and must undergo a PCR test between day 5 and 7 before their arrival into Mauritius. Each Passenger will have their temperature checked  upon arrival at and a PCR test will also be issued upon arrival with results available between 6 – 12 hours. For more recent updates visit the Mauritian government’s official website.

Travel Advice

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Maldives

  • No country restrictions except for South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) due to the Indian Variant for now.
  • A prior confirmed booking in a registered tourist facility is compulsory.
  • All tourists arriving into the Maldive will need a negative PCR for Covid 19
  • PCR Test Sample should be taken 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives.
  • The PCR test should contain the following information: A) Name of passenger (same as passport), B) Passport Number, C) Name and Address of the testing laboratory, D) Type of test stated as PCR test, D) Date of sampling, F) Result
  • A confirmed pre-booking in a registered tourist facility is a pre-requisite for the visa.
  • Tourists must provide emergency contact information during the visa-issuance process.
  • To travel to the Maldives, guests must fill out a THD before arrival. The Traveler Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all visitors twice – 24 hours before your flight to the Maldives and once more before you depart from the Maldives.
  • You may submit the form electronically via http://imuga.immigration.gov.mv

Seychelles

  • Travellers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are not permitted to travel to and enter Seychelles without proof of Covid-19 vaccination and travellers from Brazil are not permitted at all. For all other visitors, pre-Travel you need to have a Negative COVID-19 PCR test done within 72h of departure from the country of origin and Complete Health Travel Authorisation. Once you arrive you can stay in any certified tourism establishments with no minimum length of stay in the first establishment. 
  • Conditions for stay for Children up to age 17, regardless of their vaccination status, will be as for the parent/guardian they are accompanying. 
  • All visitors must report any illness at any point during their stay to hotel management and public health authority for further evaluation.
  • Anyone who tests positive, and/or assessed to be close in contact with a positive test, will be required to undergo Isolation or Quarantine as per National protocols.

Sri Lanka

  • Travellers arriving should get prior approval to enter the country, you can find the travel declaration form here: https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain
  • A Negative PCR test taken 72 hours before boarding needs to be presented on arrival into the country
  • A Negative PCR test taken 72 hours before boarding needs to be presented on departure at the airport/airline
  • First PCR test to be done in the first hotel (for both vaccinated and non vaccinated tourists)
  • Vaccinated tourists can leave Level 1 hotels after the first PCR test and stay at Level 2 hotels (but can’t return back to Level 1 hotels). But the whole island will be open for them from there onwards where they can go anywhere.
  • For non vaccinated tourists – If the holiday is up to 7 days, 2 PCR tests are mandatory (first one on arrival at the first hotel and the second one between 5-7 days after arrival). If it’s more than 7 days, then a third PCR test needs to be done (between 10-14 days after arrival). All PCR test costs are to be paid by the travellers.
  • The PCR test cost remains at USD 40 per test and the Covid insurance remains at USD 12 per person.
  • If the parents are vaccinated and any children above 12 years are not vaccinated, then the whole family will have to travel within the bio bubble for 14 nights. If the parents are vaccinated and the kids below 12 years are not vaccinated, then the family needs to stay in a Level 1 hotel only for the first night and then travel freely. However, if you are vaccinated and after the 1st night, if you leave the bio bubble, then you can’t stay over at Level 1 hotels again.
  • For non vaccinated tourists – If the holiday is up to 7 days, 2 PCR tests are mandatory (first one on arrival at the first hotel and the second one between 5-7 days after arrival). If it’s more than 7 days, then a third PCR test needs to be done (between 10-14 days after arrival). All PCR test costs are to be paid by the travellers.
  • The PCR test cost remains at USD 40 per test and the Covid insurance remains at USD 12 per person.
  • If the parents are vaccinated and any children above 12 years are not vaccinated, then the whole family will have to travel within the bio bubble for 14 nights. If the parents are vaccinated and the kids below 12 years are not vaccinated, then the family needs to stay in a Level 1 hotel only for the first night and then travel freely. However, if you are vaccinated and after the 1st night, if you leave the bio bubble, then you can’t stay over at Level 1 hotels again.
  • http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/– Visas to be applied online
  • Health declaration form is to be filled prior to boarding the flight, in flight or on arrival depending on airline policy.
  • Domestic flights (such as Cinnamon air) will start it’s scheduled flights from 1st August. Currently the flights are available for charters
  • Health declaration form is to be filled prior to boarding the flight, in flight or on arrival depending on airline policy.
  • Domestic flights (such as Cinnamon air) will start it’s scheduled flights from 1st August. Currently the flights are available for charters

Mauritius

  • Opening up in Phases as of the of 15th of July.
  • Guests must be fully vaccinated with a Covid vaccine recognised by the Mauritian authorities. If a second dose of a vaccine is required to be fully vaccinated, this must be given at least 3 weeks before arrival.
  • Guests must undergo a PCR test between day 5 and 7 before their arrival into Mauritius.
  • Guests under the age of 18 is exempted from this and will not need to undergo a PCR test.
  • Guests must have medical insurance.
  • Guests will be tested in their rooms on the 1st, 7th and 14th day of arrival.
  • If guests require PCR tests in order to fly back home, they will be conducted in the hotel room and be collected by the private clinic at their own expense.

Hummingbird Corona Updates Drive

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We have put together a Corona Updates Drive, which we will be updating with important and useful information.
To access it:

1) Go to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0AEfP_WtxT7wjUk9PVA
2) Request for permission
3) Wait for access, which will be granted ASAP

Please do pass on the link and instructions to any industry partners who might need our help.

Flexible Cancellations Policies

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We are working with all of our hotels to offer flexible cancellation policies for all existing and new bookings. We hope this will help you to offer your clients a better service and ease of mind. Our reservations staff are always here to assist, please email reservations@hummingbird.travel for more information.

Emergency Contact Details

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For any emergency please call us on

Maldives  + 960 773 2406

London +44 0207 407 5122