Pandemic Travel Alert
OPEN: to international leisure travel Updated: 2020-12-13
On July 15, the Velana International Airport (VIA) reopened to the first commercial flight since borders closed on March 27.
Starting July 15, resorts, hotels and liveaboards located on uninhabited islands are allowed to resume operations. Hotels and guest houses located on inhabited islands will be allowed to open from August 1, 2020.
Source: "Maldives Welcomes Back First Tourists" [PDF download]) Entry Requirements
Source: "Maldives: A Safe Haven for Travellers" [PDF download]) Visa
Effective July 15, the suspension of visa-on-arrival has been lifted. All travellers are granted a free 30-day visa upon arrival. Testing
All travellers are required to hold a negative PCR test for COVID-19 conducted 96 hours prior the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation enroute to Maldives.
The PCR test result should be submitted online within 24 hours prior to departure to Maldives. In addition, the lab result should be presented in paper or electronic format during the airline check-in.
If a transit exceeds 24 hours, the PCR test must be repeated prior to embarkation at the port of transit.
Travellers staying in Greater Male’ area may also need to test again before exiting. See
Exit section below for details.
All travellers are required to submit an online Health Declaration Form within 24 hours prior to departure, and again 24 hours prior to exiting.
All travellers are encouraged to install the Contact Tracing app.
Quarantine upon arrival is not required. Insurance
A Maldives COVID-19 insurance plan is available. Exit
Travellers whose entire stay is in Greater Male’ area for more than 48 hours must do a PCR test for COVID-19 not more than 72 hours prior to departure from Maldives. The result of this PCR test must be negative to allow them to travel. The guest house or hotel must ensure that PCR results are obtained prior to checkout.
All travellers departing the Maldives are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to their scheduled departure from the Maldives. In addition to this, all outbound passengers to India are required to fill the “Air Suvidha” form prior to departure from the Maldives. The tourist facilities should ensure that forms are completed online prior to checkout.
"Guideline for re-opening of tourist guest houses and hotels in Greater Male’ area" [PDF download]
"Air Suvidha and IMUGA Forms" [PDF download] Other
A confirmed booking in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of Tourism is mandatory.
Requests for approval of Split-Stays should be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism two days prior to the traveling date.
Source: "Maldives: A Safe Haven for Travellers [Brochure]" [PDF download])
Pre-pandemic visa rules
Must have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives,enough funds to cover the stay in Maldives,
(US$100 + $50 dollars per day) or a confirmation of reservation in a Tourist Resort or a Hotel
No information found.
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found
A Tourist visa may be renewed by applying before the expiration of the visa to Immigration, who will reassess traveller's
finances. Extension is only granted to a duration not exceeding a total of 90 days.
Maldives Immigration warns: 'Caution: Full thirty day visa is not a right of the passenger to claim, but lies at the
discretion of the Immigration to issue not more than thirty days and any period less than thirty days.'