Disabled Maldives Holidays
Enabled and Accessible
Disabled Maldives holidays need to be uncomplicated as far as access is concerned. That means a bit of planning. It also means making sure that your Maldives flight is as seamless as possible.
If you’re using a European airport for your disabled Maldives holiday then you should expect your mobility requirements to be addressed.
If you have a sensory, physical or learning disability which impacts on your mobility when using transport, then the following services are available to you
• At designated arrival points there ought to be facilities to summon assistance. Phones and intercoms in terminal entrances and car parks for example.
• Assistance to get to the check-in counter (well it would be nice to actually go on holiday wouldn’t it!)
• You can expect help with registration at check-in
• Assistance moving about the airport, last minute shopping and using the toilets if required.
• Getting on and off the plane. Obvious but you know how easy it is for people to forget stairs are an issue!
• The free carriage of medical equipment and up to two items of mobility equipment. This a positive concession but confirmation with your airline and the airport is recommended.
• On-board assistance with accessing the planes toilet and stowing your baggage (some aircraft will have a wheelchair)
• A member of staff to meet you and help you reach connecting flights.
For airports there is a lot of disabled information. Maldives travel guide resources though are a bit thinner on the ground. Our aim is to collate as many experience as possible and pass that information on.
If you are travelling alone on a disabled Maldives holiday then airlines will need to know that you’re capable of a couple of things before they let you near their nice shiny airplane.
• That you can unfasten your seat belt
• You can leave your seat and reach an emergency exit
• That fitting an oxygen mask and slipping on a lifejacket is like getting out of bed in the morning for you
• The airline will want you to understand the safety briefing and any instructions given by the crew in emergency situations
Anything else such as feeding, breathing, using medication or using the toilet you’ll need a companion to travel with you.
Seating on the plane
Here’s one of the good bits! The airlines should allow you to choose the seat most suitable for your needs. However they will stop short of having you obstruct access to emergency exits!
If you are travelling with someone then the airline should make all reasonable efforts to seat them next to you. Some airlines may even be able to offer a reduced fare for the second ticket. Your agent or tour company can give you Maldives flight information on fares and disabled travel information for Maldives holidays with this type of offer.
Where reduced airfares are offered, airlines may require medical proof of your need to travel with a companion or book an extra seat. Ask the airline or your travel agent what information you will need to give.
Medical and Health Forms
Where would we be without the obligatory form! Disabled Maldives holidays are just not compete without a INCAD or even a MEDIF!
Well… if you have medical needs the airline may request you complete one of these forms before they allow you near their aircraft. You’ve got the interesting Incapacitated Passengers Handling Advice (INCAD) form and the rather obviously named Medical Information Form (MEDIF).
Our advice is contact the airline. Discuss your disability or medical condition with them – even if your doctor says you are fit to fly – as different airlines have different policies. Don’t let a form prevent your disabled Maldives holidays.
The MEDIF and INCAD forms only last for one holiday so if you’re bitten by the Maldives holiday bug then you may decide to be a frequent traveller. In that case there’s the Frequent Traveller Medical Card (FREMEC). This is available from many airlines and is a permanent record of your specific needs. This means you won’t have to fill in a form and make special arrangements every time you fly with that airline. Still check that different airlines will accept you FREMEC card.
Charley and I hope this helps make your journey a bit smoother. Mobility issues or not it is still the first rule to ring and ask those who make the rules! Go on! Take your Maldives vacation and plan this holiday adventure, you won’t be disappointed… Maldives disabled holidays are accessible to most. Enjoy!
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