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Possible routings to MLE and costs:

JFK-AUH-MLE (EY) -- 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-DOH-MLE (QR) -- 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE (SQ) -- East Coast: (Including 15% off booking online) 46,750/91,375/116,875; West Coast: 89,250/144,500/229,500
JFK-DXB-MLE (EK) -- 42.5/82.5/150 AS
JFK-IST-MLE (TK) -- 42.5/70/90 UA (United routing allows a stopover in TLV)
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS) -- 42.5/80 UA
JFK-LGW-MLE (BA) -- 45/90/135 BA
JFK-ICN-CMB-MLE (KE) -- 60/107.5/137.5 KE
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX) -- 57.5/85/112.5 AA
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX) -- 50/70 AS
TLV-IST-MLE (TK)-- 20/35 UA
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5340 on: October 11, 2020, 05:55:48 AM »
There are private transfer boats that cost a lot less then what the hotels charge. You can pre-book your transfer in advance and advise the hotel of your arrival time.
I have read in the few places that the hotels only allow arrivals from their own pre-arranged transfers.

You have experience with successfully arranging your own?

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5341 on: October 11, 2020, 08:11:07 AM »
You have experience with successfully arranging your own?
Not yet...
I don't see how they can stop you from showing up on your own if you have a confirmed reservation. That would be like forcing you to buy sunscreen for $60 instead of bringing your own.

In any case write to them and tell them you are booking your own transfer and see what they say.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5342 on: October 11, 2020, 08:57:51 AM »
Not yet...
I don't see how they can stop you from showing up on your own if you have a confirmed reservation. That would be like forcing you to buy sunscreen for $60 instead of bringing your own.

In any case write to them and tell them you are booking your own transfer and see what they say.
I understand the logic, trust me  :)

Pretty sure it's been discussed here at length

IIMN I believe that hotels like STR include transfers in their resort fees not matter what, but I could be wrong

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5343 on: October 11, 2020, 08:15:34 PM »
Some hotels have said they will deny you entry if you donít use the hotelís transportation

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5344 on: October 11, 2020, 11:29:24 PM »
There are private transfer boats that cost a lot less then what the hotels charge. You can pre-book your transfer in advance and advise the hotel of your arrival time.
Please post any information you have on reliable transfers. I'll ask WA if they allow private transfers

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5345 on: October 11, 2020, 11:41:30 PM »
Please post any information you have on reliable transfers. I'll ask WA if they allow private transfers
they don't allow. And will deny check in if you try.


I tried using atoll transfer and almost booked but the WA would not allow it
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5346 on: October 11, 2020, 11:42:24 PM »
they don't allow. And will deny check in if you try.

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« Reply #5347 on: October 13, 2020, 03:50:46 AM »
They sell very small ones on Amazon

Any links of recommended ones for trips like these?

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« Reply #5348 on: October 13, 2020, 04:32:24 AM »

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5349 on: October 13, 2020, 08:48:56 PM »
Does anyone have upcoming travel to MLE and are planning on going via UAE? I'm trying to understand the quarantine/testing rules that DXB & AUH currently have in place.
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« Reply #5350 on: October 13, 2020, 08:50:44 PM »
Does anyone have upcoming travel to MLE and are planning on going via UAE? I'm trying to understand the quarantine/testing rules that DXB & AUH currently have in place.
Do you plan on staying there or just transiting through? If itís just transit you need a test 72 hours before flying to AUH/DXB. The rules were laid out pretty nicely on Etihad when I was considering flying them back.

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« Reply #5351 on: October 13, 2020, 08:56:35 PM »
Do you plan on staying there or just transiting through? If itís just transit you need a test 72 hours before flying to AUH/DXB. The rules were laid out pretty nicely on Etihad when I was considering flying them back.
I'm looking to travel to DXB/AUH en route to MLE, stopover is approximately 36 hours.

Based on what I'm seeing online as it stands today, in order to enter UAE flying into DXB is a lot easier, will just need to prove a negative test that was done within 96 hours of departure. However, to drive from DXB to AUH I will need to show a negative test done within 48 hours. It also seems I will still need to quarantine and wear a tracking device even with the negative test.

Alternatively, I can just stay it DXB for the duration of 36 hours and just enter AUH in time for the flight. I am unable to find information online regarding entering AUH for a short period of time just to catch a flight.

I'm not sure I'm understanding the rules correctly, this is what's mentioned on EK & EY websites.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5352 on: October 13, 2020, 09:00:20 PM »
I'm looking to travel to DXB/AUH en route to MLE, stopover is approximately 36 hours.

Based on what I'm seeing online as it stands today, in order to enter UAE flying into DXB is a lot easier, will just need to prove a negative test that was done within 96 hours of departure. However, to drive from DXB to AUH I will need to show a negative test done within 48 hours. It also seems I will still need to quarantine and wear a tracking device even with the negative test.

Alternatively, I can just stay it DXB for the duration of 36 hours and just enter AUH in time for the flight. I am unable to find information online regarding entering AUH for a short period of time just to catch a flight.

I'm not sure I'm understanding the rules correctly, this is what's mentioned on EK & EY websites.
Definitely sounds like a complicated situation. Wouldnít even be sure the airlines would have the answer. I believe I read that you can get a free test while in Dubai or AUH prior to your flight.

Have you looked to try to route yourself through DOH instead of UAE?

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5353 on: October 13, 2020, 09:07:09 PM »



Have you looked to try to route yourself through DOH instead of UAE?
I have not, already have the other flights booked. Was just debating where to book hotel for the layover.
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« Reply #5354 on: October 14, 2020, 09:07:09 AM »
As of 2 weeks ago tourists were NOT allowed to enter duabi Via Abu Dhabi (AUH) with Ethiad. Tourists are only allowed entry into (DXB).

https://www.google.com/amp/s/thepointsguy.com/news/dubai-and-abu-dhabi-are-open-for-travelers-should-you-go/amp/

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« Reply #5355 on: October 14, 2020, 09:10:06 AM »
I heard that there is a border crossing between the 2 emirates at the moment and a negative covid test is needed in order to cross

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« Reply #5356 on: October 14, 2020, 09:24:43 PM »
As of 2 weeks ago tourists were NOT allowed to enter duabi Via Abu Dhabi (AUH) with Ethiad. Tourists are only allowed entry into (DXB).

https://www.google.com/amp/s/thepointsguy.com/news/dubai-and-abu-dhabi-are-open-for-travelers-should-you-go/amp/
As per the article that you have linked, it seems it will be possible to drive from DXB to AUH by road. That's why I'm planning on flying into DXB and then continuing on from AUH.

Although if AUH will be giving such issues, might be worth it to just fly DXB-MLE but the flight time is horrible compared to AUH-MLE.

I haven't even thought about the return yet of MLE-AUH-JFK. It's under 12 hour layover in AUH so hopefully won't be an issue. Although according to what I've read, AUH government considers a layover to be less than 8 hours....
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« Reply #5357 on: October 24, 2020, 10:56:53 PM »
Although if AUH will be giving such issues, might be worth it to just fly DXB-MLE but the flight time is horrible compared to AUH-MLE.

I'm just curious as to why you think DXB-MLE flight time is horrible? Do you mean the actual time on the flight (which are actually very similar) or the departure times (which I believe are quite similar too)?

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« Reply #5358 on: October 24, 2020, 11:01:47 PM »
I'm just curious as to why you think DXB-MLE flight time is horrible? Do you mean the actual time on the flight (which are actually very similar) or the departure times (which I believe are quite similar too)?
The flight time for the day I'm looking is as following:
DXB - MLE 2:40AM - 7:45AM
DXB - MLE 9:55AM - 3:10PM

AUH - MLE 1:20AM - 6:40AM
AUH - MLE 8:50AM - 2:00PM

With check in closing at 3:30 for the seaplane, I'd be hesitant to take the second flight from DXB which only leaves me with the 8:50AM from AUH.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #5359 on: October 24, 2020, 11:12:41 PM »
The flight time for the day I'm looking is as following:
DXB - MLE 2:40AM - 7:45AM
DXB - MLE 9:55AM - 3:10PM

AUH - MLE 1:20AM - 6:40AM
AUH - MLE 8:50AM - 2:00PM

With check in closing at 3:30 for the seaplane, I'd be hesitant to take the second flight from DXB which only leaves me with the 8:50AM from AUH.
I've taken the afternoon EK flight. It's fine, tons of people fly in on that and take seaplanes.
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