Traveling to the Maldives: Your Questions Answered

Mar 14, 2022

One of the interesting byproducts of the initial COVID-19 lockdowns is that it spawned extreme wanderlust in many travelers, 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 considering a vacation 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 March 13, 2022, a PCR test is no longer required for arrival to the Maldives. Just complete this online Traveler Health Declaration form. You will be asked to upload your photo and answer a few health-related questions. You must submit the form before arrival, but not more than 48 hours before arrival. The same process applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Are masks required in the Maldives?

Masking is required in the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed spaces open to the public.

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.

Will I need to take a PCR test before leaving?

No. A PCR test is no longer required to depart the Maldives. In most cases, a negative PCR test is still required before boarding the flight for re-entry into your home country. We recommend confirming the current testing requirements for returning home before you travel. Contact your resort for questions about setting up PCR tests.

What happens if I develop symptoms and test positive while at the resort?

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. Unvaccinated travelers will have to quarantine for 14 days.

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 hospitalization, 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: SquareMouth or Insuremytrip.com.

How long does it take to get to the Maldives?

Flight time depends to a large extent on where you are flying from and what airport you are flying through. There are no direct flights to the Maldives from the U.S. Most itineraries from major U.S. airports will include one stop in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Turkey or Qatar. Not including stopovers, the total flight time is between 17 and 21 hours from major U.S. airports. You'll have a layover in some of the nicest airports in the world, allowing you to reset to local time and stretch your legs, before continuing on to your final destination.

We recommend making arrangements directly with your resort for seaplane or ferry transfers from Male to your resort. Find out more information on flying to the Maldives.

For answers to more questions, please visit the Maldives Immigration FAQ site or find more inspiration on the Visiting Maldives website.

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