Travelling to the Maldives: Your Questions Answered

Feb 9, 2022

One of the interesting byproducts of the initial COVID-19 lockdowns is that it spawned extreme wanderlust in many travellers, who vowed to "go big" when they could travel again. The Maldives is a dreamy destination that has captured the hearts and minds of many Travelzoo members, who have planned many once-in-a-lifetime experiences to this archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Those who are still considering a holiday to the Maldives may have some questions, which we're happy to answer below.

What are the COVID-19 Testing requirements for the Maldives?

As of February 1, 2022, you'll need a negative PCR test taken less than 96 hours before arrival at the airport. After receiving your negative test result, complete this online Traveller Health Declaration form. You will be asked to upload your photo, your negative test result and proof of vaccination (recommended, though not required). You must submit the form before arrival, but not more than 48 hours before arrival.

Will I need to take a COVID-19 test when I arrive in Male?

Testing at arrival in Male is not required. Passengers with a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or who exhibit symptoms could be selected for a test.

Are masks required in the Maldives?

Masking is required in the airport and any enclosed spaces open to the public, including at the resort.

 Are medical services available at my resort?

Yes, resorts have access to medical services, PPE on hand, and a COVID-19 safety manager, please check your resort for more information.

 What if I develop symptoms while at the resort?

Notify the resort as soon as you feel sick and arrange a PCR test. If you test positive, the quarantine period will start the day of the test. Waiting until leaving to take a PCR test may further delay your return home.

Will I need to take a PCR test before leaving?

Yes. A PCR test is required 72 hours before your scheduled departure from the Maldives. Contact the resort for assistance with scheduling the test.

What happens if I test positive?

As of February 1, 2022, individuals whose PCR test result is positive for COVID-19 are required to be in isolation for 7 days from the date of the test. If symptoms are still present after 7 days, isolation will continue until 24 hours after symptoms have cleared. More information can be found at the Maldives Ministry of Health's Revised Guidelines on Quarantine.

All resorts are set up to accommodate extending your stay, at an additional cost, should this happen. Please contact your resort for more information.

COVID-19 specific travel insurance is available to cover your expenses and assist you should this happen. Find a travel insurance provider that will reimburse you for the additional cost of testing positive. Consider coverage for hospitalisation, medical treatment, travel interruptions, and delays. While we cannot endorse a single provider, you may want to start your search with one of these sites: Covermore or InsureandGo

For answers to more questions, please visit the Maldives Immigration FAQ site.

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