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The Maldives Open for Tourism – Latest Updates
June 16 – Maldives to modify domestic COVID-19 restrictions as of June 16
Maldives continues to enforce tightened domestic COVID-19 measures due to a massive increase in COVID-19 cases.
As of June 16, the country remains open for tourism but under strict inter-zone travel bans and night curfews.
Effective today, two residents from the same household must get a police-issued movement permit to exit home during curfew hours.
All gatherings larger than 5 people are forbidden across Greater Male and police permission is required for all events.
Additionally, travelers exiting this zone must present proof of a negative (RT-PCR) COVID-19 taken no older than 72 hours before departure.
On the other hand, night curfew was shortened from 16:00-08:00 to 16:00-04:00.
May 12 – Maldives to enforce night curfews to an unprecedented spike on COVID-19 cases
A few months ago, the Maldives was named the “biggest 2020 international tourism success story” by international media. With more than 555,000 visitors who did not have to bring a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine and a very low coronavirus incidence rate, the country was an oasis in the middle of a world fighting the deadliest pandemic in a century.
Unfortunately, things are changing rapidly. This week the country has reported the highest world COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Even though the Maldives is the fifth-most-vaccinated country in the world with 36% of its residents fully inoculated, apparently the lack of COVID-19 restrictions is taking a toll on the pandemic figures.
Residents of the capital are currently under a severe curfew that goes from 4 p.m. until 4 a.m. Additionally, visas for tourists from India and other nations in South Asia will be halted from May 13.
April 25 – Maldives to offer COVID-19 vaccines to tourists
In an attempt to bring back the tourism figures the country was used to, the nation has announced a new marketing campaign called the “3V” “Visit, Vaccinate and Vacation.”
According to the Tourism Minister, the country has already immunized 90% of its frontline workers, and almost half of their entire population has received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. This sets the country in a good position to make these types of bold economy moves.
“The main idea of tourism being open is to provide a reasonably safe tourism with minimum inconvenience,” Said Maldivian Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom on CNBC. “So once the country gets vaccinated, then we will move on to ‘3V’ tourism.”
So travelers can expect almost a pre-pandemic vacation. Of course, they have a few restrictions but, according to Thoyyib Mohamed, the managing director of the Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation, due to the big number of isolated but interconnected islands, and the multiple luxurious resorts visitors can enjoy an almost COVID-19 free holiday.
Yes. Maldives is open for Americans who can produce a negative COVID-19 test.
COVID-19 situation in the Maldives
As of June 16, Maldives has reported 70,897 COVID-19 cases and 198 deaths.
As a collection of islands, some of them underpopulated or even uninhabited, The Maldives provides the much needed social distancing that has shown to be the most effective measure to control the spreading of the virus.
When did the Maldives open for tourism?
The Maldives opened its borders for tourism from all countries on July 15, 2020.
What is the CDC recommending?
According to the CDC, Maldives is a high-risk country and the warning level is at 4, which means no type of travel is recommended. (Source: CDC.gov).
What are the current restrictions to enter the Maldives?
What should travelers expect during their flight and arrival at Velana International Airport?
First and foremost – Visitors do not need any pre-arrival visas. Tourists are provided a 30-day free visa upon arrival.
All passengers are requested to wear masks.
Travelers are demanded to keep social distancing.
Visitors who believe to have had contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and/or persons who display any of the COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within the past 14 days are advised not travel to the Maldives.
The Maldives has been or still is on the bucket list of every single travel lover in the world. Its sky-blue beaches, its underwater wildlife, along with 5-star hospitality and high-class resorts make it one of the most wanted holiday hotspots.
The country went from being highly dependent on fisheries to be almost exclusively dependent on tourism.
The islands have world-renowned diving sites with clear sky-blue waters and an abundance of marine life. If lucky, visitors may even catch the annual shark migration.