8. You must take a COVID test before entering the Maldives
An RT-PCR test should be performed at least 96 hours before departure. Children under one year old are exempt. Note: Your test must have your passport number (labs tend to ask for your Aadhar card details if they don’t know the purpose of your test, so be sure to let them know).
You will also need to present an RT-PCR test that is less than 96 hours old on your return trip. Allow one day to receive the results. So if you are spending three nights in the Maldives, get tested on day two. It is advisable to make an appointment with the island laboratory on the day you arrive in this case.
9. There is a bit of paperwork
Once you have received your test results, you must submit an online Traveler Health Declaration form within 24 hours of departure. The form includes basic information, your flight details, your health details, the countries you have traveled to in the last 15 days and a reader to download your negative RT-PCR test. Once you are done, you will receive a QR code. Keep a screenshot handy to show at Male Airport on arrival. The same declaration form must be completed upon your return, as well as an Air Suvidha form to re-enter India.
10. You may need to quarantine for a day, for good reason.
Some properties like Soneva Fushi may require you to quarantine your villa for 24 hours until you get your test results, so you may not want to schedule anything for that day.
11. When it comes to packaging, less is more
You don’t need much to have a good time in the Maldives. A few swimsuits, kaftans and coveralls, sunglasses, beach bag, hat and sandals are more than enough. Of course, an SPF sun lotion is the most important, but also add aloe vera to refresh your skin after a long day at the beach.
12. There are things you want to keep out of your bag …
The Maldives is an Islamic country. You are not allowed to bring worship idols, religious books, pork and pork products and alcohol.
13. Beach villas are as good as water villas
A lot of people are often won over by the idea of an overwater villa, but if you love the beach, and especially if you are traveling with young children, a beach villa may be a better and safer option. The sand between your toes is a tangible luxury.