Maldives Information for travellers in regards to the coronavirus (covid-19 pandemic) Update on 10 Oct 2020

Maldives begins to open on 15 July 2020 up for leisure travelers, we are happy to welcome you to Maldives. We want to reassure you that our travel service providers are adhering to all health guidelines to ensure your safe and comfortable stay with us.

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Opening Dates of Resorts and Transit Facilities (Updated on 01st August 2020)

Maldives government is hardly trying to open the tourism sector for tourist. during the pandemic tourism income and been decreased to 90% which is the major source of income to the country. The government marketing agency MMPRS launching the new brand ONE ISLAND ONE RESORT concept . mostly for social distance travel planning arrangement . VIEW THE LIST OF RESORTS OPENING 

Opening Maldives borders 15 July 2020

Maldives begins to open on 15 July 2020 up for leisure travelers, we are happy to welcome you to Maldives. We want to reassure you that our travel service providers are adhering to all health guidelines to ensure your safe and comfortable stay with us.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to make a booking before I come for Maldives ?


Yes! You must have a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility. Please remember that your entire holiday in the Maldives should be booked at the same Resort or Hotel, except for transit purposes. You will also need a confirmed hotel booking for your tourist visa.




How about Visa Process changed?


On-arrival visas are still available for all tourists, and visa extensions are available for any long-stay holidaymakers up to 90 days by application . For your free 30-day on-arrival tourist visa, you have to provide: A confirmed hotel booking, sufficient funds and confirmed return ticket. Health Declaration Form x 2 (on arrival and prior to departure)




What is the process for completing the Traveler Health Declaration?


The Traveler Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all visitors twice – 24 hours before your flight to the Maldives and once more before you depart from the Maldives. You may submit the form electronically via http://imuga.immigration.gov.mv




Will I have to do a COVID-19 test?


No. Only those who have COVID-19 like symptoms 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.




Will 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?


Yes All tourists are required to wear face masks 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.




Can I visit a different island while I am here on holiday?


No, under the current circumstances, the tourist must stay at the resort establishment booked prior to their arrival. Travel to other islands or to the capital, Male’ City is not permitted.




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.




What do I need to know if I am traveling to Maldives for a safari trip?


A tourist who books a safari should spend the entire duration of their stay on the safari. They must not disembark onto a resort or to an inhabited island.




Do I have to do a COVID-19 test before I can leave the Maldives?


We leave it to you to decide whether or not to be tested before your departure. If you wish to take a COVID-19 test before your departure or any time during your stay, it can be arranged through your hotel representative. 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 the 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 remember to practice good hygiene, frequent hand washing/use of hand sanitizer, respiratory etiquette and maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between others outside your contact bubble, throughout your trip.




Useful Links


Here are some useful links for updated information on the COVID-19 situation in the Maldives. Latest COVID-19 updates: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/en/ Maldives COVID-19 Dashboard: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/dashboard/