FAQs – Visiting Maldives

Can I travel to Maldives?

 

Yes, International travelers are permitted to travel to Maldives.


What countries are permitted to travel to Maldives?

 

There will be no restrictions on any nationalities traveling to Maldives. All travelers will be required to present a prior confirmation at a registered tourist facility. The entirety of their stay should be booked in one facility. However, exemptions shall be made for those requiring transit arrangements.


Are the airports open?

 

Yes. The airports in the Maldives reopened on 15th July 2020. International travelers travelling to Maldives will be provided a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival.


Do I need visa to travel to Maldives now?

 

No, by default tourists travelling to the Maldives will be provided a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival.

Tourist visa extensions are to be made available to long stay travelers, and travelers who may require visa extensions due to quarantine measures without any further fees. Additionally, travelers must provide emergency contact information during the visa issuance process.


Do I need to show my medical history before travelling to Maldives?

 

Every arriving passenger should submit a completed Health Declaration Form to health counters at the airport. If a traveler presents symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival, he/she will be subjected to a PCR test at the traveler’s cost. Additionally, local health authorities may conduct random testing, at no cost to travelers.

HDF is available on https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd/create


What precautions should I take when travelling from a country affected by COVID-19?

 

Travelers will be required to state all necessary information upon arrival at the airport when submitting the Health Declaration Form. Additionally, travelers must be aware of traveling protocols from the travel origin country/region.


What are the airlines that travel to Maldives right now?

 

All airlines permitted to operate flights to Maldives are listed below:

Emirates, Sri Lankan Airlines, Saudia, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Turkish Airlines, Air India, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, Aeroflot, Korean Air, Etihad Airways and Thai Airways.


What safety measures are imposed by airlines when travelling?

 

All airlines will have their own health and safety precautions and guidelines for passengers. However, when arriving in the Maldives, travelers will be required to submit the health declaration form.


What safety measures are in place at the airport?

 

Upon arrival All tourists will undergo temperature checks and screening measures and special attention will be paid to individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. This is including, but not limited to, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath.

Those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms on arrival must undergo a PCR test. If one member of a group traveling together displays symptoms, all members of the group will be tested.

All visitors to the Maldives are encouraged to install the contact tracing application ‘Trace Ekee’ upon or before arrival into the country.


Do I need to be in quarantine?

 

If any tourist is tested positive for COVID-19, he/she will be required to be transferred to a government run quarantine center and will be charged accordingly.


How long will I be quarantine?

 

This will be subject to the traveler’s medical condition. In the event a traveler is detected with symptoms at the airport, 14 days will be applicable until a negative test result is indicated.


How can I travel to my hotel/travel facility?

 

Airport transfers will only be allowed through pick-ups by pre-booked hotel/travel facility arrangement. Private transfer arrangements are not permitted due to safety measures imposed.

Travelers are advised to wear a mask before boarding any form of transportation while maintaining adequate physical distancing at all times.


How can I make arrangements for a tour?

 

Arrangements for tours and excursions can be made at the travel facility/hotel directly. Common excursions, diving and water sports are available to be availed by guests. However, visiting local Islands and Island-Hopping are prohibited due to health and safety measures.


Where can I purchase face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) if necessary?

 

Tourists traveling to Maldives should wear a mask upon arrival and are suggested to bring an adequate number of masks and PPE required for the duration of the stay.


What procedures will be followed if I showcase any symptoms?

 

If symptoms are indicated, the Resorts Doctor of the respective travel facility will evaluate the tourist for COVID-19 symptoms. Based on the outcome, the Resort Doctor will then proceed with HPA protocol, of isolation and the requirement for a PCR test (results would take approximately 48 hours).

In the event the result is negative, the traveler will not require to be in isolation, however, will be required to wear a mask at all times.

In the event the result is positive, the traveler will remain in isolation. A second test will be conducted within three days; if a positive result is shown the tourist will then be transferred to a government facility, for which the cost will be borne by the traveler.


Who do I contact if I see any safety measures not being followed?

 

While at the hotel/travel facility, this concern can be raised to Safety Focal Point/Reception


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