maldives reopening for tourism

Maldives open for tourism as a trendy destination for winter 2020

Maldives reopened borders to tourism on the 15th of July. All countries are allowed to enter but there are certain travel and entry restrictions in place.

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, its bioluminescent phytoplankton along with 5-star hospitality and high-class resorts make it one of the most wanted holiday hotspots!

The Maldives went from being highly dependent on fisheries to be almost exclusively dependent on tourism.

So what’s next? You may be wondering about the entry restrictions, the pandemic situation, the things that you are allowed to do in the country and probably more. Keep reading to find out.

Disclaimer: Travel rules and official government instructions are changing rapidly during the pandemic times and this article might NOT be up to date within a matter of hours. Therefore, you should always double-check the information with local authorities or your embassy in a given destination. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel during pandemic.

Maldives Open for Tourism – Latest Updates

NOV 25 – What is the current COVID situation in the Maldives?

As of NOV 26, Maldives has reported 12,810 confirmed COVID cases and 46 deaths caused by the virus. The daily rates were between 40-110 new cases in the last 7 days. (Source:

What is CDC organisation recommending?

According to CDC, Maldives is a high-risk country and the warning level is at 4, which means no type of travel is recommended. (Source:

NOV 11 Maldives as one of the safest and most trending destinations for 2021

Expedia published their most trending searches for 2021 and Maldives made it on the list as one of the most popular! (Source:

It remains one of the safest holiday destinations during the pandemic and one of the most searched terms also on Skyscanner. Therefore, Maldives and Skyscanner launched a promotional campaign for the upcoming winter holiday season. (Source:


When Maldives opened for tourism?

Since July 15th, Maldives opened its borders to tourism from all countries.

What are the current restrictions to enter Maldives?

To enter the Maldives during a pandemic you will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test, fill out a health travel form, and show proof of reservation in the accommodation that is approved by the local government. (more info below).

Are you international travelers allowed to visit Maldives?

You are welcome to visit the Maldives as soon as you see fit. But before you get airport-ready, make sure you are complying with a few requirements and restrictions in place. We have listed them below to help you out.

Good news first: 

  • You won’t need any pre-arrival visas. Tourists are provided a 30-day free visa upon arrival. 

What about their restrictions/requirements to enter Maldives?

  • You will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test. This new policy will take effect on September 10th.
  • You will be asked to fill out and submit this online Health Declaration on
  • You need to have at least 1-month validity from the date of expected departure in the Maldives.
  • You will be demanded a confirmed booking in one of the government-approved accommodations. Keep reading because we already have this list for you to pick from. 

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What should you expect during your flight and arrival at Velana International Airport?

  • Be prepared to undergo thermal screening at the arrival terminal.
  • All passengers are requested to wear masks – You can’t get away with this one! 
  • You should keep your hands sanitized.
  • Remember to maintain the recommended social distance.

If you 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 you are advised not travel to the Maldives.

For more information and updates consult the official “Guideline to travel to Maldives under the “New normal”, call their hotline at 722313,1 or reach out to them at [email protected] 

Where can you stay in Maldives? – List of approved hotels. 

According to The Maldives Minister of Tourism, as of September 8th, the country had 94 tourist resorts, 110 tourist vessels and 3 tourist resorts in uninhabited islands open and ready for tourists to enjoy. Consult the full list here

How is Maldives coping with the Covid-19 situation?

Update: 16th of October

Maldives has 11,505 confirmed COVID cases and only 37 deaths caused by the virus. Daily new cases in the last 7 days are ranging between 15-25 per day. The situation and spreading are under control and the Maldives remain of the safest places to visit during the pandemic. (Source: Wikipedia)

Covid cases - Maldives

Source: Ministry of Health – Republic of Maldives

With 2,515 active COVID-19 cases, a mortality rate of 0.35%, and 0 deaths over the last 7 days, we could count the Maldives among the countries that are succeeding at tackling the pandemic that is affecting us all.

At the beginning of the health crisis, figures in the Maldives would look disproportioned due to his small population. But now, the numbers suggest we can be optimistic about the pandemic progress in the country. As a collection of islands, some of them underpopulated or even uninhabited, Maldives provides the much needed social distancing that has shown to be the most effective measure to control the spreading of the virus.

Do you feel like doing some scuba diving?

The Maldives has world-renowned diving sites with clear sky-blue waters and an abundance of marine life, if you are lucky you may even catch the annual shark migration. 

How about having an island to yourself?

Imagine having a whole astonishing beautiful island only for yourself, your family, or friends. Well, that’s something you can have in Maldives.