Latest News - 06 April 2021

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Maldives is open to all countries, however, guests will need to fill out The Traveler Health Declaration (THD). A Public Health Emergency is in place until 5 March 2021. There is a curfew in the Greater Male’ area (which includes Male’, Vilimale’ and Hulhumale’) from 8:30 pm to 4:30 am local time. Between 8:30 pm and 11 pm (local time) vehicles are banned. There are no movement restrictions within the Greater Male’ area outside of these hours. Use of masks is mandatory while travelling by air and sea. There are no travel restrictions between islands without COVID-19 cases. Travel to and from islands with confirmed COVID-19 cases is restricted. For more recent updates visit the Maldives government’s official website. 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 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.

Seychelles With immediate effect, Seychelles will be welcoming visitors from any part of the world, except for South Africa. 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 Mauritius borders are still subject to 14 days quarantine up to the 31st May 2021. Vaccination in Mauritius is ongoing and is expected to reach the 60% immunization ratio of the population vaccinated by latest August 2021, which will enhance an easing up of the current entry restrictions and reopening of the Mauritian Borders without quarantine. For more recent updates visit the Mauritian 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

  • All countries can travel, apart from South Africa. 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

  • Both Colombo and Hambantota airports are open
  • All nationalities welcome, except the UK
  • A Negative PCR test taken 96 hours before boarding needs to be presented on arrival into 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

Mauritius

  • Currently in lockdown until the 26th of March.
  • The rule of obligatory 14 days quarantine in one of the authorised hotels has been extended for all passengers arriving in Mauritius until 31st March 2021.
  • For the moment it can not be guaranteed that the 14-days quarantine rule will be released or extended after 31st March 2021. Everything will depend on the decision of the Mauritius government, which they may announce by the end of March.
  • Below is the link for official rules and regulations & the booking of quarantined hotels for the first 14 nights stay should be done via this government platform: https://booking.mymauritius.travel/
  • There are 2 sections – For Mauritians and for others. The difference is that the quarantine package for Mauritian passport holders will be less expensive because the cost of 3 obligatory PCR test will be covered by the Mauritius government. But for foreigners (Others) the cost of 3 PCR tests is chargeable thus their quarantine package will be a bit more expensive than for Mauritius citizens.
  • The cost of 14 days quarantine package includes:
    Arrival transfer from Airport to quarantined hotel
    Accommodation 14 nights at the hotel on a full board meal plan
    Cost of 3 PCR tests to be held on Arrival day at the airport, 7th day at the hotel and 14th day at the hotel.
  • For the moment the government of Mauritius has approved and scheduled the flights operated only by 2 airlines: Air Mauritius and Emirates.
  • It is not advisable to take the risk of booking with any other airlines as these are not permitted to land in Mauritius yet. Guests may face possible cancellations. Private Jets are permitted currently.

Here are some useful links for accommodation in normal hotels (as from 15th night), which is regularly updated:

Mauritius – Hotels Cleanliness Protocols post COVID-19 

Mauritius – Hotels Closures COVID-19

Mauritius – Hotels Cancellation Policies COVID-19  

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