FAQ for work-visa holders

Would everyone coming to Maldives be tested for COVID-19?

No.

Only those who present COVID-19 like symptoms, such as a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius, coughing, will be tested for COVID-19.

What kind of tests will be done at the airport?

All visitors 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.

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

No, the Maldives government will bear any cost for random testing.

What is the process for filling the Health Declaration Form?

The Health Declaration Form (HDF) must be filled in and submitted by all visitors twice – 24 hours before your flight to the Maldives and once more before you depart from the Maldives.

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

Is there mandatory quarantine on arrival in Maldives?

Yes.

Maldivians and expatriate workers coming from other countries will have to self-quarantine at home for 14 days and will have to test for COVID-19, at the end of the quarantine period.

Is home quarantine mandatory for work-visa holders arriving from abroad to work in resorts?

Yes.

Work-visa holders arriving from abroad and traveling directly to the resort from the airport will have to observe mandatory home quarantine for 14 days and will be tested at the end of the quarantine period.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes.

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

How will I know the physical 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 sanitization and hygiene facilities are also available throughout the airport.

Is movement between islands allowed?

Movements from islands with COVID-19 to other islands are allowed but with the mandatory quarantine at the destination island. Movements between non COVID-19 islands are allowed, however movements from resorts to other islands, including Male’ are restricted.

Do you have to test for COVID-19 before exiting the Maldives?

It is the responsibility of the visitor, to ascertain whether such tests are mandatory by their transit or final destination and arrange for the tests, which can be facilitated by the tourist establishments and employers.

Does the expatriate workers arriving from abroad, to work in resorts require quarantine?

Expatriate workers who arrive from abroad does not require home quarantine if they travel directly to the resort from airport.

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

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/