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COVID-19

Currently in Maldives, tourist establishments have been regulated to ensure that they are in line with COVID-19 requirements. The Ministry of Tourism has issued a COVID-19 safe tourism guide along with a certification program to maintain proper safety and hygiene standards.

The distinctive concept of “an island, a resort” means that the country’s visitors are organized and grouped into their selected tourist attractions. These unique agreements make it easier for visitors to maintain social distancing while enjoying a truly safe and secluded vacation.

It is vital that the visitor has a clear awareness of the security measures in place, ensuring all necessary requirements prior to arrival, during arrival and departure from Maldives.

BEFORE ARRIVAL TO MALDIVES

A confirmed reservation in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of Tourism is mandatory. A list of tourist establishments and their tentative reopening dates is available on the Visit Maldives website:

https://visitmaldives.com/en/covid19-updates

The guide “Public health interventions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the tourism sector”, offers in detail all the safety and hygiene requirements focused on COVID-19.

Split and shared stays are allowed between tourist establishments and local islands, which meet all the mandatory requirements according to the split stay guidelines approved by the local Health Protection Agency. Applications for approval of these divided stays must be sent to the Ministry of Tourism two days before the date of travel.

All tourists must submit an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to departure through the IMUGA portal:

https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd/create

All tourists are required to take a negative COVID-19 PCR test, performed 96 hours before the scheduled departure time from the first port of embarkation en route to Maldives. Also, the result of the PCR test must be sent through the IMUGA portal within 24 hours prior to departure to Maldives (link point above). Additionally, the lab result must be submitted on paper or electronically during airline check-in.

If the tourist makes a transit during the trip, the initial PCR test will be valid if the transit does not exceed 24 hours. If the tourist transits more than 24 hours, the passenger must repeat the PCR test within 96 hours prior to boarding at the transit port.

MALDIVES ARRIVAL

All tourists receive a free 30-day visa upon arrival. Quarantine is not required on arrival. However, if the passenger has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath on board the flight or upon arrival, they should be reported to the local Health Protection Agency.

All tourists must undergo a thermal test in the arrivals hall.

All tourists must wear masks. Hands must be disinfected. There are hygiene and hand disinfection facilities throughout the airport, so physical distancing must be guaranteed.

All physical distance guidelines are clearly marked with visible distance information and markings on the floor at the passenger terminals. All tourists are advised to install the “TraceEkee” contact tracing application.

MALDIVES DEPARTURE

Tourists must undergo an exit check before leaving the resort. This is to ensure that a symptomatic person or a person in quarantine does not leave the resort and travel.

On the exit screening questionnaire you must document any history of fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath in the past 14 days. You must ensure that the host is not in quarantine or isolation.

Temperature should be controlled to rule out fever. A tourist who is in quarantine or isolation should not be allowed to leave the complex, except for a medical emergency. Routine testing for COVID-19 is not required before leaving a complex. However, during departure inspection, if any tourist has a fever or symptoms suggesting COVID-19 within the previous 14 days, they must undergo a PCR test for COVID19.

For tourists who require the results of the COVID-19 test to return to their countries of origin or another destination, they will be able to take the test at the tourist establishment, with the required advance time of the destination country.