- Maldives is opening its borders on 15th July 2020, to all International Tourists.
- Tourist Resorts, Liveaboard Vessels and Hotels on uninhabited islands are open for bookings starting from 15th July 2020.
- Guest Houses and Hotels located on inhabited islands are open for bookings starting from 01st August 2020.
- Tourists will not be subject to any quarantine measures upon arrival.
- Tourists will not be required to submit any medical test results for entry to Maldives.
- Tourists will be provided a 30-day on arrival visa free of charge.
- A pre-confirmed booking at a registered Tourist Facility is mandatory for entry to Maldives.
- Tourists must wear face masks.
- Temperature and screen checks will be carried out at the first point of entry for tourists.
- Emergency Contact information must be provided during visa issuance.
- Must maintain a distance of 1 meter from each other at all times, including luggage collection points.
- PCR Test is a must for anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If one person from a group exhibits symptoms all will be tested.
- Tourist will be isolated at the airport from the point of identification of symptoms or based on positive results.
- Tourist required PCR testing on arrival shall be accommodated in a transit facility until their PCR results are received.
- Tourists shall be met by an authorized representative from the Resort at the airport.
- Basic details for check-in will be collected at the Airport by Resort Representative.
- Luggage shall be identified and tagged to allow for easier management.
- Airport authorities will ensure that luggage trolleys are disinfected after each use. Disinfected trolleys and used trolleys and used trolleys will be kept and marked separately for users.
- Practice of good hand hygiene through and hand/or use of hand sanitizer is recommended.
- Tourists are encouraged to install contact tracing application ‘Trace Ekee’ upon or before arrival into the country.
- Tourists shall register their entire stay in one registered establishment (Till guidelines are revised in Sept).
- Special Permits are given to Guest Houses and Hotels located in inhabited islands, to accommodate tourists waiting for domestic transfers.
- Transit arrangements can be made through the primary facility where the stay is booked.
- Transfer checks and screen checks will be carried out on arrival.
- Resort representative will be at the airport to receive the Tourists.
- Domestic transfers will only be allowed through pick-ups by pre-booked tourist facilities.
- The Guest or the Resort will bear the cost of the PCR test conducted.
- In case of a positive PCR result, the following options will be given to the resort;
- Transfer the guest to the resort to isolate
- Or isolate in a government run facility; Resort must ensure the transfer and accommodation charges are met
- Tourists with positive PCR test results shall be transferred to their destinations via separate transfers conforming to protocols set forth by Health Protection Agency of Maldives (HPA).
- Tourists transferred to the resort with a positive PCR result shall be escorted directly to their rooms upon arrival at the resort and isolated in the as outlined in the Health Guidelines.
- Visa Extensions available to tourists who require it without any further fees.
- Resort shall have designated areas for isolation of the guest if and when required.
- Resorts will have resident medical officers on site who have undergone HPA certified training on COVID-19 management, isolation procedures and sampling.
- Resorts will appoint a safety manager responsible for the communication and compliance regarding COVID-19 measures and issues.
- Tourists under isolation shall be instructed to stay in their rooms until advised by Health Protection Agency of Maldives (HPA).
- Vessels, Guest Houses and Hotels on inhabited islands may not accept tourists who have a test positive for COVID-19 on arrival.
- No restrictions will apply on guest checkouts if no symptoms are displayed or no positive PCR result is recorded.
- Tourists in isolation shall only be allowed to checkout as per national guidelines by Health Protection Agency of Maldives (HPA).
- Testing services are available for tourists who require COVID-19 test results to return to their countries of origin or another destination.
You can download the Guidelines for Restarting Tourism in Maldives from this link.
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