Maldives to Open Borders & Restart Tourism after COVID-19 Starting 15 July 2020

Velaa Private Island Maldives

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 *Information Updated as per new regulations on: 2/9/2020 0430hrs MVT  (+5 GMT)
Its official. The Maldives is reopening to all visitors starting 15th July 2020 with all travel restrictions lifted. The Ministry of Tourism, Maldives confirms the welcoming of all  categories of tourism including resort hotel islands, private islands, luxury villas and liveaboard yachts. The official travel information to Maldives can be found here.

The new travel guidelines to travel to Maldives are as follows:

  1. All tourists are allowed in with 30-day visa on arrival.  
  2.  Symptom-free tourists are not subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
  3. Travelers are required to submit a health declaration card on arrival.
  4. *Amendment as at 10th September: All incoming tourists and short term visitors are to present a Negative PCR test result in English, maximum 72 hours before arrival in Maldives from country of origin. (Not counting from time of transit/stop-over, count from originating  country flight.)
  5. Only the travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be subjected to a PCR test on arrival. Additionally, local health authorities will be conducting random testing at the airport.
  6. COVID-19 testing facilities will be available for travelers who require it to continue their onward journey.
  7. There are NO new visa requirements, and all tourists will get Visa on Arrival.
  8. NO additional fees and costs.  (standard pre-pandemic fees/taxes still apply.)
At present, anyone with a super yacht or private jet can head there, but normal travelers will have to wait a few more weeks. Last month, the Maldives, which closed its borders in March, announced a phased reopening that indicated incoming flights to its main international airport would recommence in July. Additionally, Velana International Airport has been accredited as a safe to travel airport by the Airports Council International Airports Council International after assessing their precautionary health measures. This makes them the second airport from the Asia Pacific Region to get accredited under ACI’s “Airport Health Accreditation” program.
You can download the official COVID-19 travel guidelines here.

To ensure the safety of Maldives’ tourists, the government is issuing a “Safe Tourism License” to accredit tourist facilities that abide by government legislation and specific safety requirements like having a certified medic on call and holding an “adequate stock” of personal protection equipment.

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