Traveling during the pandemic has been more or less like figuring out a maze. Different countries have come up with their own set of requirements and restrictions, making it difficult to keep track of all the latest updates and information. To make things easier, I’ve compiled a definitive list of restrictions, requirements, and what to expect if you are planning to travel to the Maldives.
After a brief border closure, Maldives reopened it’s borders for tourists back in July 2020 and has continued to welcome tourists from across the globe with several sets of requirements and restrictions.
Travel Requirements to Visit Maldives
Effective 3rd May 2021, all visitors to the Maldives – whether vaccinated or not – are required to present a negative PCR test for Covid-19 upon arrival. The test must be from a sample taken within 96 hours before they depart from the origin country. Children below the ages of 01 are exempt from this requirement. There is no mandatory quarantine requirement on arrival to the Maldives, though If you are a work visa holder, you will be required to undergo mandatory home quarantine for a period of 10 days.
Even though you present a negative PCR test, those who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms upon arrival to the Maldives will have to undergo a PCR test. If you are travelling in a group, all members of the group will be subject to testing.
Effective from 13th May 2021, there is a temporary restriction of entry for all travelers from South Asian countries, including tourist visa holders. However, healthcare professionals with valid work permits are exempted from this suspension. They are required to produce a PCR negative result with a sample taken 96 hours prior to their departure to the Maldives and must undergo home quarantine for 14 days.
All travelers are also required to submit an online health declaration form through the IMUGA portal, 24 hours prior to their departure. Those who develop Covid-19 symptoms will be subject to a test, and isolation as per the Health Protection Agency guidelines should the test return as positive.
All tourists are required to have a confirmed booking at a tourist facility as a prerequisite for their tourist visa.
Details of Restrictions
While the country has not announced an official “lockdown”, local authorities have announced several strict measures to curb the spread of the virus. As of now, a Public Health Emergency is in effect until June 5th and is expected to be extended by another month.
Most tourist and transit facilities are open, with a number of them slated to reopen throughout 2021. You can get a full list in the latest update issued by Visit Maldives here.
In the capital city and local islands, social distancing is required while wearing masks in public places is mandatory. Stricter restrictions on movement were announced for a period of two weeks, with a curfew from 4:00pm till 8:00am in the capital city. Only residential permit holders are allowed to go outside during non-curfew hours, with a MVR 5,000 fine being imposed on those who violate the restrictions.