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Indians can Still Holiday at Resorts and Liveaboards in the Maldives

Indians can still holiday in the Maldives
Indians can still holiday in the Maldives if they're staying at a resort or a liveaboard but not a guesthouse in an inhabited island.

Indians can still holiday in the Maldives! You can travel from India to the Maldives if you’re staying at a resort or a liveaboard. However, from today, 27th April 2021 onwards Indian tourists will no longer be allowed to stay at guesthouses or hotels located in inhabited islands.

The Maldives’ decision to ban travellers from India comes as the neighbouring country faces a surge in COVID-19 cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called India’s current crisis beyond heartbreaking.

India is the biggest tourist source market for the Maldives (in terms of tourist arrivals) as of 21st April 2021. Likewise, India was the top tourist source market in 2020 and the fastest-growing market in 2019 as well.

The Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism revealed that tourists arriving from India who has completed the prescribed dose(s) of a COVID-19 vaccine, must still hold a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 before entering the Maldives. Likewise, this PCR test should not be taken more than 96 hours before travellers depart to the Maldives.

In addition to that, these tourists should take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before they depart from the Maldives.

After the news that the Maldives will ban tourists from India, netizens shared memes trolling the Bollywood celebrities who visited the Maldives in the past few weeks. Countless Bollywood stars have holidayed in the Maldives after the island archipelago reopened its borders last year.

Also read: Indian Celebrities that Visited Maldives After Lockdown

This April, some of the most influential Bollywood celebrities decided to visit the Maldives for the second time as well. Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Sara Ali Khan, Alia Bhatt, and Ranbir Kapoor just recently spend their getaway in the Maldives; for the second time since the island nation reopened its borders.

Indians can easily access the Maldives thanks to the close distance between the two nations and the seamless air connectivity. The Maldives and India also maintain close bilateral relations as the two countries have been friendly and close in strategic, economic and military cooperation.

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Earth Week at Oaga Art Resort: Connect with the Beauty of Nature

Oaga Art Resort is getting ready to celebrate Earth Week with Nature's Embrace!

Oaga Art Resort is dedicating a week to connecting with the beauty and wonder of the planet! In celebration of Earth Week, the resort is curating a programme with meaningful experiences and deep appreciation for the Earth from March 21st to 27th, 2024.

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On March 21st, the resort will celebrate Poetry Day to unwind with Earth-inspired creativity. Start your day with a poetic breakfast, followed by a lunchtime fusion of traditional Maldivian Boduberu beats and poetry called ‘Farihi’. As the sun goes down, guests are invited to enjoy poetry reading and a captivating performance by local duo ‘Something Lovely’.

On March 22nd, guests can enjoy a Boduberu jam session at lunch. As the nighttime falls, witness the artistry of a sand artist as they create their magic on the Raa Baa deck.

On March 23rd, Connect with Nature in a mindful way. As part of the Earth Hour, a candlelit Earth meditation and Sound healing session will be hosted. Guests can also savour a delicious Earth-conscious buffet and enjoy unplugged music around a bonfire! Additionally, a special coral planting cocktail will take place at sunset. At this event, guests can also help plant 60+ coral frames in Oaga’s reef nursery. The project is carried out in partnership with Coralive, aiming to completely resort to the house reef by 2028.

Celebrate Holi with an Eco Twist on March 25th. Create stunning sand mandalas and participate in the traditional Full Moon ritual. Oaga Art Resort will also be hosting a glow-in-the-dark Holi Full moon party with minimal lighting!

Reflect and reminisce under the stars on March 26th. Cuddle up for a captivating movie night! The Grand Finale, with World Theatre Day will be hosted on March 27th. The resort will be hosting a puppet show in addition to live performances by the Sky Rock band. End the night with a special Earth-themed solo performance at the Kaa Kada dinner in celebration of World Theatre Day.

Earth Week and so Much More!

Guests are welcome to enjoy these activities and so much more at Oaga. The resort is all about fun, creative and new experiences. The Earth Week celebrations are weaved into the activities throughout Oaga Art Resort during this period. Oaga Art Resort is the perfect spot for an all-inclusive getaway. The Greatest All-inclusive plan redefines your resort experience!

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