Most of the Maldives are still open to Indian travelers, unlike what you may have heard this weekend. The country’s Health Protection Agency has only restricted travel to local “inhabited” islands from April 27, which only affects you if you visit an island that has a local Maldivian population. Indian tourists are always welcome at the many resorts across the country.

New entry rules to the Maldives for Indian travelers

In accordance with the set of rules released on Monday, tourists arriving in the Maldives from India (including those exceeding 24-hour transit stays) who have completed the prescribed dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, take the test RT-PCR before entry. The sample should be taken no more than 96 hours before the scheduled departure time from the first port of embarkation en route to the Maldives. They will also have to pass another RT-PCR test for COVID-19 no later than 72 hours before leaving the Maldives.

However, tourists will not be allowed in guesthouses and hotels on “inhabited islands”. But even this rule does not apply to hotels and guesthouses located in isolated areas of these islands.

Most of the luxury resorts in the Maldives are on self-governing islands with no local population. If you head to one of them, your trip likely won’t be affected. But as with all things right now, it’s best to check with your travel agent or hotel for the latest guidelines.

These countries have, however, suspended almost all travel from India.