Maldives travel Guidelines and Quarantine Requirements
This page was last updated on 15 August, 2021.
Maldives is going to reopen its borders on 15 July.
Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: All non-tourist passengers travelling from the UK (includes 12-hour transit) to the Maldives (such as residents, work visa holders and returning students) that have completed two doses of vaccination will need to provide a negative PCR test of no more than 96 hours and quarantine for 7 days on arrival. Those who have not completed vaccinations will need to self-isolate for 14 days and register on the Haalubelun portal. After completing the quarantine, you must do an exit test.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test result required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: No
Quarantine Details: Quarantine not required
Lockdown Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transportation: Operational with restrictions
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeaway only
Travel Advisory Detail
1. Passengers traveling as a tourists arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka are not allowed to enter.
2. Passengers and airline crew must complete a “Traveler Health Declaration” at most 24 hours before departure at https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ .
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. The test result must have the name of the passenger as in the passport and name and address of the testing laboratory.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 1 year.
4. Passengers traveling as tourists must have a hotel reservation confirmation for the entire stay in a registered tourist facility.
5. Passengers could be subject to medical screening.
6. Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days. More details can be found at https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd .
7. Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure of the first flight. Airline crew who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. The test result must have the name of the airline crew as in the passport and name and address of the testing laboratory.
This does not apply to:
– airline crew staying for less than 8 days;
– airline crew staying at a designated transit facility;
8. Airline crew are subject to medical screening.
Detailed Tourist Information
Maldives reopened its borders on 15 July.
Effective from 16 December, all visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 76 hours prior to departure. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
All travelers to the Maldives must fill in a Traveller Health Declaration form 24 hours before departure to the Maldives.
All passengers and airline crew need to complete an Immigration Arrival Card when arriving in the Maldives.
Temperature checks and screening procedures will be in place on arrival. Quarantine facilities have been set up to isolate any suspected cases of COVID-19. Travellers presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival will be subjected to a PCR test at the traveller’s cost or at the cost of the tourist facility where the traveller is booked to stay in the Maldives. Additionally, local health authorities may conduct random testing, at no cost to travellers.
Maldives, the island nation famous among Indians for spending leisure time has joined other nations to issue a travel advisory for Indians travelling to the country for tourist activities. As per a directive issued by Maldivian government, they are suspending tourists travelling from India to Maldives from staying at tourist facilities in inhabited islands. The order will be in force from April 27.
A Public Health Emergency is in place until 3 July 2021. A curfew is in place in the Greater Male’ area from 4pm to 4am. A permit must be obtained through Maldives Police Service for all movements from 8am to 4pm.
Social distancing measures are in place. Public and mass gatherings are banned throughout the Greater Male’ region, including parties and rallies. A distance of three feet must be maintained with others when going out, and groups of no more than 5 are allowed outside. Use of masks is mandatory on all inhabited islands when going out in public.
Public spaces such as parks or sports grounds in the Greater Male’ area are closed.
FAQ for Tourists
Do I need to present the Covid-19 test result?
Yes,It is a mandatory requirement for all tourists to present a negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for Covid-19 on arrival.
The sample for the said test must be taken not more than 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en route to Maldives. However, be informed that infants aged less than one-year-old are exempted from the aforementioned testing requirement.
How can I submit the negative Covid-19 test result?
The negative Covid-19 PCR test result must be attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online by all arriving passengers prior to arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time), via IMUGA.
Do I have to make a booking before I come for my holiday?
Yes! You must have a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility. Click here to check all the requirements.
Tourists (including accompanying vaccine ineligible children) should be vaccinated to check-in to guesthouses in inhabited islands and tourists who have not completed the full dosage of vaccination can only check-in to the guesthouses in the inhabited islands if the vaccination requirements are met in the guesthouse/island. Click here to check the eligible guesthouses.
Do I need pre approval for visa to visit as a tourist?
Maldives Immigration issues on-arrival visa to all tourists, if the entry requirements are complied.
What is the process for completing the Traveler Health Declaration Form?
Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel.
You may submit the form electronically via IMUGA.
Is it required to test for COVID-19 on arrival?
No. Only those who have COVID-19 like symptoms, such as a temperature above 38 degrees celsius, coughing or sneezing, will be tested for COVID-19.
Persons who have a history of contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and/or persons who have fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath within the past 14 days should not travel to the Maldives.
What kind of tests will be done before I can go to my hotel?
All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives.
You may also be chosen for a random COVID-19 PCR test by Maldivian Health Authorities. This is a voluntary test.
Do I have to pay if I get chosen for random testing?
No, if chosen for random testing on arrival, the Maldives government will bear the cost for testing.
Do I have to spend 14 days in quarantine before I can start my holiday?
No, tourists who do not have COVID-19 symptoms are not required to quarantine on arrival to the Maldives.
Do I have to wear a mask?
All tourists are required to wear facemasks at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces.
How will I know the social distancing practices to follow at the airport?
All physical distancing guidelines are clearly marked with visible distance information and floor markings in passenger terminals. Hand sanitisation and hygiene facilities are also available throughout the airport.
How will I get to my hotel?
A representative from your hotel will be at the airport to assist you with the domestic flight or transfer to your hotel.
Are there medical services available at my hotel?
Yes, all tourist facilities operating during this phase will have access to medical services, well managed stock of PPE and a COVID-19 safety manager.
Can I visit different tourist establishments while on holiday?
Yes, tourists are allowed to travel from one resort to another, from one guesthouse to another and from a resort to a tourist guesthouse and vice versa.
For approval of inter-island travels, you have to get approval from Ministry of Tourism via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any arrangements for transit stay?
The tourist establishment representatives will help you make special arrangements for any overnight transit stay. For your safety, there are designated transit hotels in place.
Do I have to do a COVID-19 test before I can leave the Maldives?
If a tourist has stayed a tourist guesthouse at any point during their stay in Maldives, they are required to conduct a PCR test 72hrs prior to their scheduled departure from Maldives.
Where can I Do Pcr Test in Maldives
In addition, during exit screening if any tourist is found to have fever or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, they must undergo PCR testing for COVID-19.
For the purposes of contact tracing, it is important that the tourist informs the tourist establishment, if they test positive for COVID-19 after returning to their destination from the Maldives.
What can I do to have a safer holiday experience in Maldives?
We encourage all visitors to install the Maldives’ contact tracing app ‘TraceEkee’ (App Store / Play Store) before arrival into the country to help us ensure your safety and the safety of others as you enjoy your holiday.
Please Always remember to practice good hygiene,frequent handwashing/use of hand sanitizer, Respiratory etiquette and maintain physical distance at least 3 feet between others outside your contact bubble, throughout your trip.
Here are some links for updated information on the COVID-19 situation in Maldives.
Latest COVID-19 updates: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/en/
Maldives COVID-19 Dashboard: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/dashboard/