Latest News - 04 Jan 2021

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Maldives is open to all countries, however, guests will need to fill out The Traveler Health Declaration (THD). This must be filled in and submitted by all visitors twice – 24 hours before their flight to the Maldives, as well as a negative PCR test. For more recent updates visit the Maldives government’s official website.

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka will open its international airports on the 21st of January 2021. The main boutique and resort chains such as Resplendent Ceylon, Anantara, Uga Escapes, KK Collection, along with a selection of UNESCO World Heritage highlights and the other main sites are now exclusively available for the foreign tourists with no local crowds. Time schedules have been allocated to keep the locals and foreign travellers separate in order to maintain social distancing. This provides the travellers with a great opportunity of having these amazing ruin cities and national parks all to themselves. For more recent updates visit the Sri Lanka government’s official website.

Mauritius  Mauritian Prime Minister, Hon. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth has considered plans to gradually reopen the economies, including the tourism sector, a key pillar of the Mauritian economy and as a remarkable tourist destination. Current analysis of the tourism industry, health and safety measures and economic impacts are taken into consideration, to ensure the best sanitary measures to welcome back tourists and travellers very soon… For more recent updates visit the Mauritian government’s official website.

Seychelles With immediate effect, Seychelles will be welcoming vaccinated visitors from any part of the world. Visitors need to submit an authentic certificate from their national health authority as proof of COVID-19 vaccination alongside a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate, obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel. These guests will not have any restrictions during their stay and will enjoy their stay freely (i:e island hoping experience, excursions, spa treatments etc…)

With that being said, we are still welcoming all visitors currently permitted entry (Category 1 and 2, private jet passengers). They will need to show a negative PCR test obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel. Prior to the 14th of January 2021, Category 2 had required a test less than 48 hours and attached are the special conditions for these 2 categories.

From Mid- March, Seychelles will open up to all visitors, vaccinated or not. At that point, visitors will only need a negative PCR obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel and can enjoy their holiday without any restriction Seychelles government’s official website.

Travel Advice

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Maldives

  • No country restrictions
  • A prior confirmed booking in a registered tourist facility is compulsory.
  • The entirety of the stay shall be booked in one facility. However, exemptions shall be made for those requiring transit arrangements.
  • A confirmed pre-booking in a registered tourist facility is a pre-requisite for the visa.
  • Tourist visa extensions shall be made available to long-stay tourists and tourists who may require visa extensions due to quarantine measures without any further fees.
  • 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

  • Following the updated Air Transport Circular distributed by the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority, the Maldives has revised the PCR Test Sample taking to 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

For more information on travelling to the Maldives during this time, please refer to these official guidelines.


Seychelles

  • It will be compulsory for all visitors entering Seychelles to take a Covid-19 PCR test <72 hours prior to disembarking on the Pointe Larue International Airport.
  • A health fee of fifty dollars will have to be incurred on grounds to cover further local health procedures imposed by the Public Health Authority as part of the new requirements.
  • To travel to Seychelles you will need a HTA. Please check if your country is on the safe list before you travel. You can apply for one here via the official government website. The Seychelles Health Travel Authorisation (HTA) is mandatory for all individuals, national and foreign citizens, of all ages, that want to enter into Seychelles. Each individual is required to apply separately for an HTA before the day of travel. It is mandatory to use this website to submit your application. For children under the age of 18, the legal guardian, parent or accompanying adult is responsible for filling the application.

  • Movement will be limited for visitors around the inner islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. All new arrivals must be transferred to hotels directly by certified transports.

  • All inclusive resorts and islands resorts will be recommended to visitors as they provide the opportunity to have guests in a self-contained environment while enjoying their holiday in paradise and respecting the social distancing measures.

  • All visitors must remain Hotel-bound for first 10 nights from entry (except to attend regional testing centre for day 6 test). No transfers to other hotels/resorts will be allowed until completion of 10 days.]
  • Excursions/trips can be organized by/through certified operators for only 1 family unit at a time. Maximum 6 in one group.

Sri Lanka

  • Both Colombo and Hambantota airports are open
  • All nationalities welcome, except UK
  • A Negative PCR test taken 96 hours before boarding needs to be presented on arrival in to the country
  • A Negative PCR test taken 96 hours before boarding needs to be presented on departure at the airport/airline
  • First PCR test to be done in the first hotel
  • 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.
  • COVID 19 Insurance cover at USD 12 (for a USD 50,000 coverage for 1 month)
  • 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) are allowed

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