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    India unveils economic aid package for Maldives, including $500 mn connectivity project and cargo service | Latest News India

    India on Thursday unveiled a $500-million package to help the Maldives build a connectivity project linking its capital Male with three islands, and provided $250 million as budgetary support to help the Indian Ocean archipelago cope with the Covid-19 crisis. A new cargo ferry service will be launched between the two countries, and people familiar with developments said this will help India replace other countries to become the Maldives’ top trade partner. An air travel bubble between the two sides will become operational from August 18, and India also renewed quotas for supplying essential commodities to the Maldives during 2020-21. The measures were announced during a virtual meeting between external…

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    Maldives holidays: What are the latest travel rules and do you need a Covid test?

    With some 1,200 islands set in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a paradise for couples and families alike. The country has managed to keep coronavirus rates relatively low throughout the pandemic, having closed its borders early. It’s helped by the fact that many of its islands are extremely isolated, with visitors having to take seaplanes from its capital Male. While the Maldives has been open to tourists since 15 July, it’s only just made it onto the Foreign Office’s (FCDO) “safe list”, meaning UK travellers can finally visit without having to worry about invalidating their travel insurance. But what are the rules for entry? And…

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    Can I visit the Maldives? Latest travel advice as the country remains red-listed

    While the Maldives is currently welcoming tourists, it remains on the UK’s red list. Britons returning from the Maldives must quarantine for 10 days in a Government approved hotel, at a cost of £1,750 per person. This won’t change at least until the next review, penciled in for June 28. Despite having vaccinated more than 70 per cent of its population, infections have been flaring across the island nation. While the case count remains high, it is at least falling. As of June 2, its seven-day case rate is 1,260 per 100,000; down nearly 40 per cent on the previous week. By comparison, the UK’s is at 35 per 100K. That said, its overall…