maldives reopening for tourism

Maldives is open for tourism with PCR test but no quarantine required

The Maldives is open for tourism from all countries but all visitors must bring a negative COVID-19 test issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure, but they do not need to quarantine.

Visitors who test positive or have been in close contact with people who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

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The Maldives Open for Tourism – Latest Updates


April 1

Although the CDC places Maldives as a very unsafe country to visit due to COVID-19 pandemic, data show that the country only has 2,849 active cases, 99 hospitalized patients, and its death toll counts only 67 people, which is very low for a country that is open for tourism.

Maldives started its vaccination rollout back in February. As of today, the country has immunized 237,716 people. 

Vaccination progress in Maldives

March 14

A few weeks ago, Maldives was named as the biggest tourism success story in 2020.

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.

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 February 12 – Vaccination rollout

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that the COVISHIELD vaccine has been administered to 5% percent of the total Maldivian population. 

So far, 25,327 people have been vaccinated out of the 500,000 people who live in Maldives. This vaccination rollout includes not only locals but also residents. 

December 9 – Quarantine policy – Updated

As of today, all NON-tourist arrivals by air (such as nationals, residents or students) must undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine and register on the Haalubelun portal.

Said restriction does not apply to tourists yet.

All cruise ships, boats, yachts, arriving from international waters are banned indefinitely. So, visitors should wait before buying those types of tours.

Is Maldives open for Americans?

Yes. Maldives is open for Americans who can produce a negative COVID-19 test. As simple as that.

COVID-19 situation in the Maldives

As of April 1, Maldives has reported 24,079 COVID-19 cases and 67 deaths. At the beginning of the health crisis, figures in the Maldives would look disproportioned due to his small population.

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 opened 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:

What are the current restrictions to enter the Maldives?

To enter the country visitors must,

What should travelers expect during their flight and arrival at Velana International Airport?

Maldives 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.

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

Why travel to the Maldives

Maldives island

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. 

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