As throughout the world, the coronavirus in the Maldives is deeply affecting travelers and tourism. We summarize in this article the situation today (December 2021).
Coronavirus in Maldives: cases
Right now, in December 2021 there have been some 91,350 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported throughout the pandemic, of which 248 have died. It is one of the least affected countries in the world despite the movement of travelers. The authorities are taking their work very seriously because tourism is very important to them.
In May there was a rebound in cases, so more control measures were applied. The contagion curve is already normalized and there has been a slow but continuous decline in cases for several months.
Here we have the official website of the Ministry of Health where they explain the cases: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/
Evolution of the pandemic in Maldives by daily cases:
Omicron in the Maldives
The new strain of the Coronavirus Omicron has not affected the Maldives at the moment.
As many other countries have done, the Government of the Maldives has also imposed travel restrictions on several African nations to prevent the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 from entering the country. Since last November 28, the Maldives has prohibited entry to travelers from seven African countries.
The Ministry of Health in a statement announced that citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini will not be allowed to enter the Maldives.
Travelers who were in these countries during the last two days before entering the Maldives, must undergo 14 days of quarantine.
State of borders and resorts due to coronavirus in Maldives
On March 27, the borders were closed due to the pandemic. On July 15 they reopened, we explain below.
Travel to Maldives after Covid 19 – Coronavirus
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has confirmed on June 23 the opening of the borders from July 15, 2020:
- On June 1, clients who have private planes or super yachts have begun to travel.
- Normal flights have begun on July 15 and several resorts will begin operating. The list is gradually increasing, you can see below.
- The opening of accommodation on local islands has been postponed until October 15.
Coronavirus in the Maldives – travel insurance
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Can you travel to the Maldives in the coronavirus pandemic?
Yes, the borders are open from July 15 to travel to resorts. In addition, the resorts are giving good deals and a lot of cancellation flexibility.
New in September: from September 10 it will be mandatory to present a negative PCR test on arrival in Maldives made 96 hours before the flight departure (4 days) and a health declaration. We explain both in the next section.
The Maldives Ministry of Tourism has confirmed that:
- Borders will be opened to all nationalities (there will be no excluded countries)
- There will be no extra charge, the Maldives visa will remain on arrival and free.
- There will be no quarantine on arrival.
- A negative PCR test will be required upon arrival in Maldives (from 10 September).
- It will be mandatory to present a health declaration (we will explain later)
- If symptoms occur, a test may need to be done by the traveler.
- You must bring a reservation made in advance.
The positive part is that Maldivian hotels are making very good deals for the second half of the year.
PCR test to travel to the Maldives
As indicated above, from September 10 it will be mandatory to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 to enter the Maldives. This test must be carried out 96 hours after the flight departure (the first flight on the route to Maldives). Most private laboratories deliver results within 48 hours.
The other condition that is important to clarify is that the test results must be in English, so that the Maldivian border authorities can understand it.
The PCR test to travel to Maldives must include:
- Name and address of the laboratory that performed the test
- Test result
- Test date
- Name and signature of the person issuing the certificate
This negative PCR test must be sent in the IMUGA form that we explain below.
IMUGA health declaration form
IMPORTANT: It is mandatory to submit an online health form within 24 hours before arriving in Maldives. This “Traveler’s Health Declaration” is presented to mitigate health risks and facilitate visa procedures. The presentation of this same form is also mandatory for all people who leave the Maldives Islands at the end of their stay.
Travelers can complete and submit their health declarations through the “Imuga” immigration online portal at: https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd/create
This procedure can be done directly at the airport, but there is a special queue in which you can lose a lot of time; so it is much more convenient to do it in advance on the Imuga page.
Maldivas Incredible will help all its clients in case of any doubt in the procedures.
The declaration of health is mandatory for all travelers entering or leaving the country, including tourists, work visas and locals.
What security measures are taken at Male International Airport?
- With the new security measures in place, the capacity of the arrivals hall has been reduced from 1,000 passengers to 570. The departure terminal will also be reduced from 1,200 to 750 passengers.
- Social distancing measures have been taken with clear visible social distance information and markings on the floor at passenger terminals. This includes the ticket sales points and check-in counters, and the pre-flight inspection area at the international terminal and the domestic terminal at the airport.
- Tall glass sheet spacers have been installed between the counters.
- Hygiene measures have been intensified throughout the airport. All seats and desks, rest areas, ticket sales and check-in counters, along with the floor and tarmac area of the airport are subject to regular disinfection processes.
Are there any restrictions on accommodation for my stay in Maldives?
- It is mandatory to have a confirmed reservation in a tourist accommodation registered with the Ministry of Tourism before traveling to the Maldives.
- The resorts, boats on board and hotels located on uninhabited islands are available from July 15, 2020.
- Guesthouses and hotels located on inhabited local islands will be open from October 15, 2020 (information further down in the article).
- Travelers visiting the Maldives during Phase 1 (July and August) of the opening must book their entire stay in a single accommodation. As of October 15, stays are allowed on several islands, resorts and hotels with conditions.
- A number of guesthouses and hotels located on inhabited islands will be able to accommodate transit passengers awaiting domestic transfers under special permits.
Will there be a Covid-19 test for all people arriving in the Maldives?
- Travelers must submit a PCR test but will not be subject to any tests or quarantine measures upon arrival in the Maldives unless symptoms are detected.
- Travelers with symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to a cough, runny nose or shortness of breath upon arrival, will undergo a PCR test at a cost to the traveler.
- Local health authorities can conduct random tests at no cost to travelers.
- A health declaration card will be required as part of the arrival procedure. This will be issued in Immigration.
Opening of flights to Madives after Covid 19
The company that manages Maldives airports, Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has confirmed as of June 21 that 10 international airlines have confirmed the opening of routes to Malé International Airport (Velana International Airport).
Most airlines that flew before the pandemic have returned to operation.
List of open resorts in Maldives
We give below the most updated list we have of the state of the resorts in Maldives due to coronavirus Covid 19.
They have opened on July 15
- Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
- Angsana Ihuru
- Angsana Velavaru
- Taj Exotica Maldives Resort & Spa
- Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives
- Waldorf Astoria
- Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
- Fihalhohi Island Resort
- Noku Maldives
- Cocoon maldives
- You & Me by Cocoon Maldives
- Lily Beach Resort & Spa
- Amilla Fushi Maldives Resort and Residences
- Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
- Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
- Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah
- Taj Coral Reef Resort & Spa
- The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah
- SAii Lagoon Maldives
- Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
- LUX * North Male Atoll Resort & Villas
- Amila fushi
- Soneva Fushi
- Soneva Jani
- Rahaa Resort
- Amaya kuda rah
- Velaa Private Island Maldives
- Paradise Island Resort & Spa
- Cinnamon Resorts (Hakuraa Huraa, Dhonveli, Ellaidhoo, Velifushi)
- Kudafushi Resort and Spa
- Six Senses Laamu
- LTI Maafushivaru, Maldives (July 22)
- OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
- Atmosphere Kanifushi
- OBLU SELECT at Sangeli
- VARU by Atmosphere
- OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli
- Olhuveli Beach & Spa
- Ayada Maldives (July 25)
- Cheval Blanc Randheli
- ROBINSON Club Noonu
- Centara Hotels & Resorts
- Vakkaru Maldives
- Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
- Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
- Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort
- One & Only Reethi Rah
- Dusit Thani Maldives
- Six Senses Laamu
- LUX * South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas
- Hotel Jen by Shangri-La
- Fun island resort
- Royal Island Resort & Spa
- Sun Island Resort & Spa
- JOALI Maldives
- Bandos Maldives
- Coco Bodu Hithi
- Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
- Biyadhoo island resort
- Adaaran Prestige Vadoo
- The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
- Sun Aqua Iru Veli
- Kandima maldives
- Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives
- Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
- Kagi Maldives Spa Island
- Filitheyo Island Resort
- Pullman Maldives Maamutaa
- Amari Havodda Maldives
- Constance Moofushi Maldives
- Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
- Dhigufaru Island Resort
- Meeru Island Resort
- Vilamendhoo Island Resort
- Veligandu Island Resort
- Champa Central Hotel
- Kagi Maldives (new)
- Heritance Aarah
- Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Adaaran Select Meedhuparu and Adaaran Prestige Water Villas
- Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi (surf only)
- Embudu Village
- Summer Island Maldives
- ROBINSON Club Maldives
- Outrigger Konotta Maldives
- Rihiveli The Dream
- The St. Regis Maldives
- Kurumba Maldives
- Velassaru Maldives
- Kuramathi Maldives
- Kandolhu Maldives
- Dhigali Maldives
- Faarufushi Maldives
- Seaside Finolhu
- Fushifaru Maldives
- Medhufushi Island Resort
- The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi
- The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
- JA Manafaru
- Kanuhura maldives
- W Maldives
- Baglioni Resort Maldives
- Amilla Fushi Maldives Resort and Residences
- Ozen Reserve Vittaveli
- Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
- AS Cocoa Island
- Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
- Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
- Naladhu Private Island
- Baros Maldives
- JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa
- Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
- Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort
- Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives
- Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
- Innahura Maldives Resort
- Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa (October 15)
- Constance halaveli
- Safari Island Maldives
- Angaga Island Resort
- Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
- COMO Maalifushi – November 16
- The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort – November 1
- Thulhagiri – November
- The Standard Maldives: November 1
Coronavirus in the Maldives: Local Islands
Local islands opening in Maldives
The Maldives Ministry of Tourism confirmed that it allows the opening of accommodation in Local Islands from October 15. The Health Protection Agency has published a revised standard operating procedure, aimed at preventing the transmission of COVID-19 in the tourism sector.
Before arrival at the Local Island
All tourists planning to stay at a local island hotel or guesthouse must have a negative PCR test for COVID-19 before entering the Maldives, as is the case with resorts. We explain the procedure at the top of the article.
Also, for any tourist who has stayed on a local island another PCR test is mandatory before departure from Maldives. If a specific deadline for PCR tests is set in the immigration requirements of the destination country, this deadline must be followed. Otherwise, the PCR test must be done within 96 hours prior to departure from Maldives. Guesthouses should facilitate PCR testing for tourists; and this or the guesthouse must bear all associated costs.
List of Local Islands open to tourism
This is a list with the official information combined with information on the hotels and guesthouses located on the islands themselves.
- Guraidhoo: Opens November 5
- Dhiffushi: closed until November
- Dhigurah: closed until November
- Dhangheti: opens November 1
- Thulusdhoo: open
- Fulhidhoo: open
- Maafushi: open
- Thoddoo: open
- Mathiveri: open
- Huraa: open
- Fodhdhoo: open
- Thinadhoo: open
- Gaadhiffushi: open
- Ukulhas: open
This list is verified where possible but we cannot be held responsible for the veracity of the information or if there are last minute changes.
While staying on a Local Island in Maldives
The use of the mask will be mandatory in public places for local people and for tourists staying on any of the local islands of the Maldives. Existing mask use guidelines should be followed.
It is recommended to use the contact tracing application “TraceEkee” to facilitate contact tracing. Tourists cannot enter private residential houses, but they can use public cafes and restaurants. Cafes and restaurants will follow the infection prevention measures provided by the Government of Maldives.
In addition, tourists can enter any commercial premises on the island.
Traveling between islands during your stay in Maldives
Tourists will be able to travel between two local islands; and between a resort and a local island for tourists as long as the resort or local island is not under travel restrictions.
Tourists must make a departure check before traveling from a local island to a resort or other local tourist island. This is to ensure that a symptomatic person or a quarantined person does not leave the island. In the exit exam, it must be ensured that the tourist:
- You have not had episodes of fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose, or trouble breathing.
- You are not in quarantine or isolation.
- The temperature will be monitored to rule out fever.
Any tourist with a fever or respiratory symptoms will be required to take a COVID-19 test.
What happens if a tourist develops any symptoms of coronavirus?
If a tourist or the staff of a local hotel or guesthouse develop any symptoms of the disease they should immediately wear a mask and remain isolated until medical consultation and tests. If the tourist shares the room with other people, they must isolate themselves separately in the designated isolation room in the accommodation. Close contacts of the tourist should wear a mask and self-quarantine in their room.
A medical consultation and a COVID-19 PCR sample should be carried out for all symptomatic people at the specialized clinic on the island. If the results are negative, the tourist can come out of isolation.
What happens if a tourist tests positive for Covid-19?
If the symptomatic tourist tests positive for COVID-19, the health authorities will inform the patient of the result. Contact tracing of the positive case should be done by the island’s COVID-19 task force. All close contacts should undergo a PCR test. Identified close contacts between staff and tourists should be quarantined at the island’s designated quarantine facility.
For possible cases of positives, quarantines or problems in the trip, we recommend traveling with insurance:
Visit these web pages for more information on the situation of the coronavirus in Maldives:
This article in SPANISH.