Latest updates on traveling to the Maldives

Travel restriction from the southern African countries (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini), which was imposed on 27th November 2021, have been lifted.

All travelers EXCEPT those arriving on tourist visa, are required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test between the 3rd and 5th day from date of arrival.

Common requirements for all travelers;

  • All arriving and departing passengers via airports and seaports are required to complete the Traveler Health Declaration form within 48 hours to the flight time.
  • All travelers should hold a valid negative PCR test result with a sample taken at most 96 hours prior to the first port of embarkation, en-route to the Maldives. Children below the age of 1 (one) year are exempted.

On-arrival Quarantine Exemptions

Passengers under the following categories are exempt from quarantine requirements upon arrival;

  • Passengers entering the Maldives under a Tourist Visa.
  • Fully vaccinated Maldivian citizens and their non-citizen dependents.
  • Fully vaccinated Diplomat Visa holders and their dependents.
  • Fully vaccinated Work Visa holders and their dependents.
  • Maldivian citizens and long-term visa holders and their dependents if they were tested positive for and recovered from COVID-19, in Maldives, with a sample collected no more than 60 (sixty) days before entry.

A person is considered fully vaccinated when at least two weeks has passed since the final dose of the prescribed number of doses of a WHO EUL or Maldives Food and Drug Authority approved COVID-19 vaccine has been administered.

Quarantine exempted travelers are required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test between the 3rd and 5th day from date of arrival.

Travelers subjected to mandatory quarantine on-arrival

Maldivian citizens and long term visa holders (except tourists) who have not received all the prescribed doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by Maldives Food and Drug Authority or is mentioned in WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL, Status of COVID-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process) are required to quarantine for 14-days (fourteen) after arrival to Maldives.

Maldivian citizens and long term visa holders (except tourists) who have not completed 14 (fourteen) days (prior to date of arrival) after receiving the prescribed dose(s) of a vaccine, are required to quarantine for 14-days (fourteen) after arrival to Maldives.

Such individual(s) must obtain a negative PCR test result on completion of the 14 days, before they are released from quarantine.

Children under the age of 12 (twelve) years are exempted from quarantine.


  1. Please visit www.tourism.gov.mv for tourist related COVID-19 updates
  2. Please visit www.covid19.health.gov.mv for more national updates on COVID-19
  3. Please visit https://bit.ly/3wwVgXJ for air travel requirements

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