Maldives are open to tourism with PCR testing, but no quarantine is required

Maldives is open to tourism from all countries, but all visitors must bring a negative COVID-19 test issued no later than 96 hours before departure, but do not need quarantine.

Visitors with a positive test or who have been in close contact with people with a positive result for COVID-19 should be quarantined for 14 days.

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Open to Maldives tourism – latest updates

April 1

Although the CDC places the Maldives as a very dangerous country to visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, data show that the country has only 2,849 active cases, 99 hospitalized patients and its death toll is just 67 people, which is very down for a country that is open to tourism.

The Maldives started implementing vaccination in February. To date, the country has immunized 237,716 people.

Vaccination progress in the Maldives

14th March

A few weeks ago, Maldives was singled out as the biggest tourism success story in 2020.

Therefore, travelers can expect almost a vacation before the pandemic. Sure, they have some restrictions, but, according to Thoyyib Mohamed, the managing director of Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation, due to the large number of isolated, but interconnected islands, and the many luxurious resorts that visitors can enjoy almost COVID-19 free vacation.

To learn more about how this works, click here.

February 12 – launch of vaccination

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed that the COVISHIELD vaccine was administered to 5% of the total population of the Maldives.

So far, 25,327 people have been vaccinated among the 500,000 people living in the Maldives. This vaccination implementation includes not only the local inhabitants, but also the residents.

December 9 – Quarantine Policy – updated

As of today, all non-tourist arrivals by air (such as nationals, residents or students) must pass a mandatory 10-day quarantine and register with the Portal Haalubelun.

This restriction does not yet apply to tourists.

All cruise ships, boats, yachts, arriving from international waters are prohibited indefinitely. Therefore, visitors should wait before purchasing these types of tours.

Are Maldives open to Americans?

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Yes. Maldives is open to Americans who can produce a negative COVID-19 test. As simple as that.

Situation of COVID-19 in the Maldives

From April 1, Maldives reported 24,079 COVID-19 cases and 67 deaths. At the start of the health crisis, the numbers in the Maldives would appear disproportionate due to their small population.

As a group of islands, some of them underpopulated or even uninhabited, the Maldives provides the much needed social distance that has proven to be the most effective measure to control the spread of the virus.


When were the Maldives open to tourism?

Maldives opened its borders to tourism from all countries on July 15, 2020.

What is the CDC recommending?

According to the CDC, the Maldives is a high-risk country and the alert level is 4, which means that no type of travel is recommended. (Source:

What are the current restrictions on entering the Maldives?

To enter the country, visitors must,

What should travelers expect during their flight and arrival at Velana International Airport?

Maldives airport

In the first place – Visitors do not need a visa before arrival. Tourists receive a free 30-day visa on arrival.

  • All passengers must wear masks.
  • Travelers are obliged to maintain social distance.

Visitors who believe they have had contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and / or people who have experienced any of the symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath in the past 14 days are advised not to travel to the Maldives.

For more information and updates consult the official “Guideline for traveling to the Maldives under the “New normal”, call the hotline 722313.1 or speak to them at [email protected]

Why travel to the Maldives

Maldives island

The Maldives have been or are still on the wish list of all travel lovers in the world. Its sky-blue beaches, its underwater wildlife, along with 5-star hospitality and high-class resorts, make it one of the most sought after vacation spots.

The country is no longer highly dependent on fishing to be almost exclusively dependent on tourism.

The islands have world-renowned dive sites with clear, azure waters and an abundance of marine life. If you’re lucky, visitors can even see the annual shark migration.

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