Maldives (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Travelers fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine may be exempt from quarantine requirements depending on their travel history.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test result required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: No
Quarantine Details: Quarantine not required

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 28.11.2021
1. Passengers arriving from or who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Maldives.
2. Passengers and airline crew must complete a “Traveller Health Declaration” at most 24 hours before departure at .
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. The test result must have the name of the passenger as in the passport and name and address of the testing laboratory.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 1 year.
4. Passengers traveling as tourists must have a hotel reservation confirmation for the entire stay in a registered tourist facility. More details can be found at .
5. Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days. More details can be found at .
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria or SK Bioscience Co Ltd. from Korea), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm or Sputnik V at least 14 days before arrival, and their accompanying children;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 60 days before arrival and a recovery certificate;
– passengers younger than 18 years traveling with their fully vaccinated parents.
6. Passengers could be subject to medical screening.
7. Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure of the first flight. Airline crew who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. The test result must have the name of the airline crew as in the passport and name and address of the testing laboratory.
This does not apply to:
– airline crew staying for less than 8 days;
– airline crew staying at a designated transit facility.
8. Airline crew are subject to medical screening.


Detailed Tourist Information

At present, the Maldives is open to visitors from all destinations, as long as they have proof of a negative Covid test taken no more than four days prior to their arrival.

Travellers will not be allowed into Maldives from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini.

Maldives will require vaccinated travelers, including tourists, to submit a negative PCR test upon arrival. The test must be completed within 96 hours of arrival; children under one years old are not required to submit test results. The government had previously exempted vaccinated entrants from submitting PCR tests.

International arrivals must submit an online health declaration via the “Imuga” portal within 24 hours before travel and produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using an RT-PCR test taken within 96 hours before departure.

Passengers from the South Asian countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to enter with visas on arrival, provided they are going to resorts. Officials say they may allow travelers from these South Asian nations to visit guesthouses from the end of July. Work permit holders from the South Asian countries can already enter the Maldives, with measures like requiring the travelers to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours after arrival and quarantine at designated sites; the length of the quarantine period is unclear.

All non-tourist passengers traveling to the Maldives (such as residents, work visa holders and returning students) that have completed two doses of vaccination will need to provide a negative
PCR test of no more than 96 hours and quarantine for 7 days on arrival. Those who have not completed vaccinations will need to self-isolate for 14 days and register on the Haalubelun portal ( After completing the quarantine, you must do an exit test. These requirements do not apply to tourists and the government has said it has no plans to quarantine tourists on arrival.

Visitors are allowed to split stays between hotels. However, if you spend more than 48 hours in the Greater Malé area, you must take another PCR test before moving elsewhere.

Those who are not fully vaccinated are permitted to stay in guest accommodation in local islands provided that 60% of the population, including 90% of over-65s and 95% of tourism staff, are fully vaccinated.


Lockdown Details

Authorities have extended the state of public health emergency nationwide through Nov. 30 to curb the spread of COVID-19. Nationwide restrictions remain in effect. Unvaccinated people are banned from using public transport and dining in at restaurants. Employees can work at offices, though unvaccinated staff must take a COVID-19 test to enter office buildings. Residents must wear facemasks in public places nationwide, except when exercising.

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