Fully vaccinated tourists can now enter the Maldives without presenting a negative Covid PCR test upon arrival

The country is now allowing double-bite visitors to enter without having to present a negative PCR test upon arrival.

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Covid entry rules have been relaxed in the Maldives (Picture: Adobe)

Vaccinated travelers visiting residential islands, as opposed to resort islands, are also no longer required to present a negative coronavirus test prior to departure from the Maldives.

The recently relaxed rules, which came into force on March 5, only apply to those who have received two doses of the vaccine, with those who are not vaccinated facing stricter entry rules.

If you’re planning a getaway to the Maldives this year, here’s what you need to know about the entry requirements and Covid restrictions in place in the country.

What are the entry requirements to the Maldives?

Travelers entering the Maldives as tourists will be granted a 30-day visa on arrival and passports must be valid for at least one month. However, if you are arriving by air, most airlines state that passports must have a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry into the country.

Tourists should also check if they need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

All travelers must complete a Travel Health Declaration Form 48 hours prior to departure and return from the Maldives, as well as an immigration arrival card upon arrival.

As of March 5, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need a PCR test to enter the Maldives.

To be considered fully vaccinated, 14 days must have passed since the end of the vaccine doses.

Temperature checks and screening procedures will be in place on arrival and quarantine facilities have been put in place to isolate any suspected Covid cases.

If you show symptoms of coronavirus on arrival, you will be subjected to a PCR test at your own expense or at the expense of the tourist establishment where you have booked your stay.

Those who are not fully vaccinated (with the exception of children under one year old) must present a negative PCR test on arrival, which must be carried out no later than 96 hours before departure.

What are the Covid rules in the Maldives?

Travelers who have received two doses of a Covid vaccine and have a negative PCR test result can travel internally to islands that are not under surveillance without having to self-quarantine.

If the positivity rate is between 5 and 10% on the island you come from, you must observe a seven-day quarantine on your destination island. If the positivity rate is greater than 10%, a 14-day quarantine must be observed.

Face masks are mandatory in the Maldives during air and sea travel.

Those who have not received two doses of a Covid vaccine can only travel to inhabited islands with guesthouses if:

  • 60% of the island population have completed two doses of a WHO-approved Covid vaccine
  • 95% of all tourism sector employees on the island have completed two doses of a WHO-approved Covid vaccine
  • 90% of island population over 60 received two doses of WHO-approved Covid vaccine

Unvaccinated visitors traveling to islands that meet the above criteria must take a PCR test seven days after arrival.

As the Greater Male region does not meet the above criteria, only tourists who have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine can stay in hotels and guesthouses in the region.

Tourists can travel between islands and resorts that do not have Covid cases and are not subject to coronavirus surveillance, but need prior authorization for inter-island travel from [email protected]

If you are staying at a tourist guesthouse (as opposed to an island resort) during your stay in the Maldives, you will need to take a PCR test 72 hours before departure.

Social distancing measures are still in place in the Maldives.

Public and mass gatherings of up to 30 people are now permitted across the Greater Male region, including parties and gatherings.

A distance of three feet must be maintained from others when going out, and the use of face masks is mandatory on all inhabited islands when in public.

Public spaces, such as parks or sports fields, in the Greater Male region are open with three-foot social distancing measures in place and the mandatory use of face masks, except when exercising.

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