Effective of 3rd May, all inbound travelers to the Maldives will once again be required to present a negative PCR test result from a sample taken not more than 96 hours prior to their departure to the country. This shall also include travelers who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, children below the age of one will be exempt from this rule.
Accordingly, the PCR negative test result must be attached while completing ‘Traveler Health Declaration’ form which must be completed online and submitted within 24 hours prior to departure to the Maldives. The form can be completed via Maldives Immigration’s online portal; IMUGA.
Prior this change, travelers who have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine two weeks prior to their arrival to the paradisiacal islands were allowed to enter the premises without having to present a PCR test.
Maldives has been resilient in coping with the challenges in the face of the global pandemic since the beginning. With all proper measures in place, Maldives was one of the first destinations in the world to open borders to travelers from all around the world. One of the main reasons why Maldives grew so popular as a post-pandemic travel destination is as the islands of the archipelago are naturally socially distant and all resorts are built on a one-island-one-resort concept, it was as if nature itself was social distancing.
As of 1st May, the country has welcomed a total of 389,770 tourists – with 724 tourist accommodation facilities in operation.