COVID-19: Maldives Travel Updates

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  • 21st March 2022 – The Maldives has removed the testing requirement for all international travellers. Source.
  • 5th March 2022 – Maldives testing requirement for vaccinated travellers has been scrapped. Source.
  • 29th December 2021 – The Maldives has reopened to travellers from South Africa. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Maldives Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to The Maldives right now?

Yes! All tourists regardless of vaccination status can enter the Maldives. After previously closing its borders on 12th March 2020, the Maldives was able to fully reopen on 15th July 2020 and hasn’t looked back since. The island nation has been one of the few destinations in Asia that has managed to keep tourism going throughout almost the whole pandemic.

Please see here for the Maldives list of recognised vaccines. 

Entry Requirements

Before you enter the Maldives, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  • Complete an online Traveller Health Declaration Form 72 hours before your departure to the Maldives as well as 72 hours before your return home or journey onward.
  • Complete an Immigration Arrival card upon entry to the Maldives.


  • There is no longer a COVID-19 insurance requirement for travellers to the Maldives. However, travel insurance is always a sensible idea!
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Upon Arrival

Quarantine Period

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated you may be required to follow Covid 19 testing and quarantine rules, depending on the visa you entered on. 

Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the Official Visit Maldives Tourism Website.

  • FACE COVERINGS – Face masks are no longer compulsory, however, they are recommended on public transport and in busy areas. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – No longer in place.
  • CURFEWS – There are currently no curfews in the Maldvies.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Operating as normal. Masks recommended.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – Most shops and hospitality venues are open as normal. If you are in a crowded area, face masks are recommended.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – There are currently no travel restrictions between different islands in the Maldives.


Nikki Scott - Founder South East Asia Backpacker
Nikki Scott | Founder & Editor

Nikki is the founding editor of South East Asia Backpacker and The Backpacker Network. In her early twenties, she left her home in the North of England on a solo backpacking adventure and never returned! After six months on the road, she founded a print magazine that became legendary on the Banana Pancake Trail. The rest is history.

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