It may not be possible to travel right now, but the Maldives is available to book for travel later this year. Our Indian Ocean Travel Experts will be happy to talk you through the requirements including explaining what our partner hotels are doing to make this experience as hassle free as possible.
- Some islands may require you to take a further test upon arrival on island and you may also have to quarantine for up to 48 hours until the results of the test are known
- All travellers must complete a health declaration form 24 hours prior to arrival. https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd/create?lang=en. Any guest who will arrive without the online form, will be asked to fill it at the airport and it may take a little time.
- All arrivals will go through health screening after the arrival gate which includes completion of a health declaration form if not already completed online and a temperature check.
- Any passenger with Covid-19 symptoms will be moved directly to an isolation facility for further tests. There will be a 14-day quarantine imposed for all positive COVID-19 cases and tourists will bear the costs of examination and treatment whilst in the Maldives during their stay. Self-isolation can take place at either a government facility/hospital or may be possible at the tourists chosen resort island, if this island has the necessary isolation rooms as per local government and WHO requirements.
- Contact tracing will come into force for any person travelling with the symptomatic or positive tested person
- Everyone must adhere to all official measures and requirements established by the Maldives Government, which include the requirement to wear face masks at all times when inside the airport buildings, transiting between seaplane / domestic airline / boat terminals and during the transfer to their holiday island and all passengers are required to sanitise their hands prior to boarding any vessel or aircraft
- Guidelines are in place at the hotel and resort islands which include the wearing of masks where social distancing is not possible or within enclosed spaces, good hand hygiene to be followed and regular temperature screening will be required during the stay
- Ensure you have international health insurance coverage for Covid-19 before travelling
Returning to the UK
- On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home. The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards. PCR testing can be carried out on island at your cost.
- All tourists returning from the Maldives will need to self-isolate for 10 days at home if they have not transited a ‘Red country / banned destination’ in addition to the negative PCR test required as mentioned above. They will also have to take two further PCR tests at their own cost on day 2 and day 8 of their self-isolation period. Anyone returning from the Maldives who has travelled via a Red country/banned destination must self-isolate for 10 days in a government appointed hotel at the airport at their cost (approx.. £1750 per person and includes 3 meals per day and 2 further PCR tests within this price)
For up to date information visit the FCDO website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives