FAQ for visiting the Maldives

Do I need to present the Covid-19 test result?

It is mandatory requirement for all tourists to present a Negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for Covid-19 on arrival effective 10th September 2020.
The sample for the said test must be taken not more than 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en route to Maldives. However, please be informed that infants aged less than one-year-old are exempted from the aforementioned testing requirement.
Persons who have a history of contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and/or persons who have fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath within the past 14 days should not travel to the Maldives.

How can I submit the negative Covid-19 test result?

The negative Covid-19 PCR test result must be attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online via IMUGA (www.imuga.immigration.gov.mv), by all arriving passengers before arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time).

Which categories of travelers are exempt from pre-arrival PCR test requirements?

  1. Citizens of Maldives
  2. Valid Employment Approval or work visa holders
  3. Depend visa holders
  4. Student visa holders
  5. Marriage visa holders
  6. Children below one year of age
  7. Ship crew arriving to sign-on
  8. Flight crew arriving on General Declaration

Do I have to make a booking before I come for my holiday?

Yes! You must have a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility. 

Please remember that your entire holiday in the Maldives should be booked at the same hotel, except for transit purposes. You will also need a confirmed hotel booking for your tourist visa.

Has the Visa Process changed?

On-arrival visas are still available for all tourists, and visa extensions are available for any long-stay holidaymakers. For your free 30-day on-arrival tourist visa, you have to provide:

          i. A confirmed hotel booking, sufficient funds and confirmed return ticket.

                   ii. Health Declaration Form x 2 (on arrival and prior to departure)

What is the process for completing the Health Declaration Form?

Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travellers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel.

You may submit the form electronically via http://imuga.immigration.gov.mv 

Is it required to test for COVID-19 on arrival?

No. Only those who have COVID-19 like symptoms, such as a temperature above 38 degrees celsius, coughing or sneezing, will be tested for COVID-19.

Persons who have a history of contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and/or persons who have fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath within the past 14 days should not travel to the Maldives.

What kind of tests will be done before I can go to my hotel?

All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives.

You may also be chosen for a random COVID-19 PCR test by Maldivian Health Authorities. This is a voluntary test.

Do I have to pay if I get chosen for random testing?

No, if chosen for random testing on arrival, the Maldives government will bear the cost for testing.

Do I have to spend 14 days in quarantine before I can start my holiday?

No, tourists who do not have COVID-19 symptoms are not required to quarantine on arrival to the Maldives.

Do I have to wear a mask?


All tourists are required to wear facemasks at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces.

How will I know the social distancing practices to follow at the airport?

All physical distancing guidelines are clearly marked with visible distance information and floor markings in passenger terminals. Hand sanitisation and hygiene facilities are also available throughout the airport.

How will I get to my hotel?

A representative from your hotel will be at the airport to assist you with the domestic flight or transfer to your hotel.

Are there medical services available at my hotel?

Yes, all tourist facilities operating during this phase will have access to medical services, well-managed stock of PPE and a COVID-19 safety manager. 

Can I visit a different island while I am here on holiday?

No, under the current circumstances, the tourist must stay at the resort establishment booked prior to their arrival. Travel to other islands or to the capital, Male’ City is not permitted.

Are there any arrangements for transit stay?

The tourist establishment representatives will help you make special arrangements for any overnight transit stay. For your safety, there are designated transit hotels in place.

What do I need to know if I am traveling to Maldives for a safari trip?

A tourist who books a safari should spend the entire duration of their stay on the safari. They must not disembark onto a resort or to an inhabited island.

Do I have to do a COVID-19 test before I can leave the Maldives?

We leave it to you to decide whether or not to be tested before your departure. If you wish to take a COVID-19 test before your departure or any time during your stay, it can be arranged through your hotel representative.

In addition, during exit screening if any tourist is found to have fever or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, they must undergo PCR testing for COVID-19.

For the purposes of contact tracing, it is important that the tourist informs the tourist establishment, if they test positive for COVID-19 after returning to their destination from the Maldives.

What can I do to have a safer holiday experience in the Maldives? 

We encourage all visitors to install the Maldives’ contact tracing app ‘TraceEkee’ (App Store / Play Store) before arrival into the country to help us ensure your safety and the safety of others as you enjoy your holiday.

Please remember to practice good hygiene, frequent handwashing/use of hand sanitizer, respiratory etiquette and maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between others outside your contact bubble, throughout your trip.

Useful Links

Here are some useful links for updated information on the COVID-19 situation in the Maldives.

Latest COVID-19 updates: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/en/

Maldives COVID-19 Dashboard:  https://covid19.health.gov.mv/dashboard/