Entry Restrictions in the Maldives
A tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to the Maldives. As such, a foreigner traveling to the Maldives as a tourist does not require pre-approval for the visa. However, the person must satisfy the basic entry requirements to get immigration clearance upon arrival.
The basic entry requirements are as follows:
- A passport or a travel document with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least 1 months validity; and
- A pre-paid hotel booking/accommodation for the entire stay; and
- Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Maldives; and
- Confirmed onward/return tickets to home country or to country of residence (not applicable for valid resident permit holders); and
- Entry facilities to their onward destinations; for example, the visa.
Traveler Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers traveling to and from Maldives, at most 48 hours before arrival. You may submit the form electronically via IMUGA.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable.
COVID-19 negative PCR test result, attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form (sample taken 96 hours prior to departure to the Maldives, counting from the first embarkation point en-route to the Maldives). Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test.
The test result must have the name of the passenger as in the passport and name and address of the testing laboratory.
This does not apply to:
- Passengers younger than 1 year;
- Passengers with a positive COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point, and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 60 days before departure.
Passengers traveling as tourists must have a hotel reservation confirmation for the entire stay in a registered tourist facility.
Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days.
This does not apply to:
- Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria or SK Bioscience Co Ltd. from Korea), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm or Sputnik V at least 14 days before arrival, and their accompanying children;
- Passengers with a positive COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point, and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 60 days before departure;
- Passengers younger than 18 years traveling with their fully vaccinated parents.
The maximum number of days granted on arrival would be 30 days, unless agreed by any bilateral means or treaty. This period of stay is not for the visitor to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Maldives Immigration to grant any number of days less than or equal to 30.
The period of stay granted is shown on the endorsement in the passport. Visitors are advised to check their passport for the arrival endorsement and take note of the number of days granted to stay in Maldives. Once arrived as a tourist, the visitor is not permitted to engage in any form of business, occupation, profession or paid employment while in Maldives.
Categories like; social visitors, friends, family visitors or media and business visitors, who are not considered as genuine tourists, are highly advised to declare sponsorship prior to their arrivals (if applicable), in order to facilitate the flow of passage. And must undergo an additional PCR test between the third and fifth day from entry; non-tourist entrants above 12 years old who have not completed vaccination at least two weeks prior to arrival must also quarantine for 14 days, and undergo another PCR test at the end of quarantine.
All travelers are also reminded that it is a punishable offense to overstay in Maldives beyond the number of days given.
Updated on April 22nd, 2022
UK - Maldives Trip Specific Restrictions
Passengers entering from the UK do not need to quarantine..
Unvaccinated passengers returning home will have to quarantine at home for 10 days.
Vaccinated passengers do not need to quarantine.