Maldives to charge private jets USD 50,000 landing fee

- A Monitor Desk Report 23 May, 2020 | 1173 Views|-+
Dhaka: Maldives is to charge private jets USD 50,000 as a landing feeafter the reopening of Velana International Airport (VIA) for tourist arrivals from June.

Charter flights will also be charged the same amount of landing fee.

This will be followed by access to commercial airlines a month later from July 1.

Also, entry into Maldives would now require a special tourist visa of USD 100 which is applicable "until further notice" by the government. This special tourist visa will only be granted for tourists committing to a minimum stay of 14 nights in the Maldives.

The tourists are further required to present a medical certificate not older than seven days for antigen PCR test or 14 days for antibody test which confirms negative COVID-19 test findings.

In addition, it is compulsory for tourists to undergo a PCR Test upon arrival which costs USD 100 per test.

All airport will have to carry out disinfection procedures for body, luggage and travel documents of visitors. The staff should wear mandatory protective gears such as face masks and gloves while maintaining a distance of 1 meter from the tourists.

During busier times, VIA easily has more than 100 private jet arrivals in a span of 4-5 days. If only 10 per cent of jets arrive with the reopening, Maldives will make a revenue of USD 500,000 just on landing fees.

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