New Delhi: As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across the country, travel restrictions are being gradually eased. In a similar development, Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid on Sunday said he was happy that India has agreed to restart the 2018 December Visa Waiver Agreement between the two countries, under which people traveling to India No visa will be required for Maldivians. The said agreement between Maldives and India was temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 border closure. Also Read – International Flights: India will soon issue new travel guidelines for UK citizens. details here
Shahid informed on Twitter that from mid-October, Maldivian nationals will be exempted from visa requirements for tourist, medical and business purposes. “Glad that India has agreed to resume the 2018 December Visa Waiver Agreement between Maldives and India, which was temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 border closure. From 15 October 2021, Maldivian nationals will be exempted from visa requirements for tourist, medical and business purposes,” Shahid tweeted. Also read- Indians can now fly to Germany. View Latest COVID Guidelines Here
He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for considering the request to renegotiate the agreement. “Thanks to PM @narendramodi and EAM @DrSJaishankar for their favorable consideration of the request,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet. Also Read – Mumbai Airport Terminal To Resume Domestic Operations From Oct 1 20 Check Out Important Deets Here
— Abdullah Shahid (@abdulla_shahid) 10 October 2021
The Indian High Commission in Maldives also took to Twitter and said that no visa would be required from mid-October for Maldivians traveling to India. “No visa is required from October 15 for Maldivians traveling to India for medical, business and tourism purposes. Maldives will be the first beneficiary of visa-free travel since India imposed COVID restrictions in March 2020. This move restores the bilateral visa-free agreement of December 2018,” the Indian High Commission in Maldives tweeted.
Visa-free travel to India for Maldivians resumes!
Please see our press release for more details. pic.twitter.com/a0nB7x29i1
— India in the Maldives (@HCIMaldives) 10 October 2021
International travel: 5 more points to learn from this big story
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visas granted to foreigners were suspended last year. Several other restrictions on international travel were also imposed by the central government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Maldives has been open to tourists – with some suspension – since July 2020. Sri Lanka opened up to fully vaccinated tourists last month.
- Meanwhile, the Indian government recently announced that it will reopen for tourists from October 15, which was closed for over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- The home ministry said in a statement that tourist visas would be granted to foreigners arriving on charter flights from October 15 and other flights from November 15.
- The MHA stressed that all COVID-19 protocols “should be followed by foreign tourists, carriers bringing them into India and all other stakeholders at landing stations”.