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Australian travel to the Maldives: Can I holiday in the Maldives yet?

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Escape’s Doc Holiday, Dilvin Yasa, answers your travel-related questions.

When can Australians travel to the Maldives?

Now that Singapore is open to Australians, does that mean we can then connect through to the Maldives for a holiday?

Now that flights to Singapore have resumed for fully vaccinated Australians, we can stop dreaming about a holiday in the Maldives and actually book it. Our favourite archipelagic country is not only open to Aussies, but the capital Male is only a little over four hours’ flight time away from the Lion City. 

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In the time we haven’t been able to travel to the Maldives, six new resorts have popped up, from the first Ritz Carlton in the Maldives, and Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa to Jumeirah Maldives, the newest hotel from the company behind many of Dubai’s most luxurious properties. 

As with all 2021-related travel, this isn’t a case of booking your flights and accommodation and hoping for the best, but making sure you’ve got all your bureaucratic ducks in a row before you depart. 

Most Australians travelling to the Maldives will be transiting via Singapore’s Changi Airport and so must undergo a PCR test within two days of the scheduled departure of your flight at a cost of anywhere between $100 and $150. They must also have a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility before entering Maldives and fill out a Traveller Health Declaration form 24 hours prior to travel. 

Travellers will also need to travel on a Vaccinated Travel Lane flight (check out singaporeair.com for details), remain airside while transiting at Changi and hold a valid vaccination certificate in English. Airlines are quick to point out that passengers may also be subject to additional medical screening upon arrival at Changi. 

Once all of the paperwork is out of the way (you’ll also need to produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding a flight back to Australia), you can relax. There are few restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists in the Maldives, and 93 per cent of all resort employees are also fully vaxxed already. 

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands.

Travelling overseas with an unvaccinated child

I’m concerned about holidaying overseas until my seven-year-old can be vaccinated. Am I being overly cautious? 

This is a question I’m hearing a lot, and personally, it’s one I pondered for quite some time before arriving at a decision that I’m comfortable with. 

According to the Australian government, all children under the age of 12 count as fully vaccinated for travel purposes, however we know the delta variant is as highly transmissible among children as it is among adults.

The positive news here is that most healthy children tend to experience a much milder form of the virus, with some displaying symptoms similar to a cold or flu, and others having an asymptomatic infection, which means they don’t have any symptoms at all.

If we look at the Covid-19 and Child and Adolescent Health report by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, data shows that as of September 5, 2021, 22 per cent of all Covid-19 cases here in Australia have been among children or adolescents under the age of 19 but admissions were uncommon, often precautionary and brief. There was, however, one death of a teenager who had another serious infection in addition to Covid-19.

A mother and child travelling through Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A mother and child travelling through Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We’re looking at Australian statistics of course; overseas, mortality rates in children are higher (although still low compared with the adult population), and certainly the likelihood of developing serious Covid-19 symptoms is far higher if your child has an underlying illness. 

If you’re keen to travel, you can help reduce the risk of your child catching Covid by choosing a destination that has a high vaccination rate and low case numbers, but also ensuring they wear a mask at all times, follow all the recommend hygiene practices, and where possible, by selecting activities and attractions that are outdoors. 

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