Vaccinated tourists can now travel to Maldives, no PCR tests required

Tourists at the Velana International Airport. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Tourists who have completed the administration of both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines can now travel freely to the Maldives without any negative PCR tests required. 

Prior to these arrangements, tourists were required to present a 96-hour negative PCR test result upon arrival to the Maldives. However, now tourists are no longer required to present these tests if two weeks have passed since they received both doses of the COVID-19. 

Health authorities in the Maldives last night announced new easements to the quarantine regulations for travelers to and within the nation, which will come into effect from April 20. 

A signed directive by the Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru last night read that individuals who arrive in the Maldives from abroad, including tourists, are no longer required to present a negative PCR test if they have completed both doses of the vaccine two weeks prior to their arrival. They will not be required to undergo quarantine. 

However, certain individuals are exempt from these rules and still require a negative PCR test if arriving in the Maldives from abroad. They are:

  • Health workers or workers of any health center
  • Daycare center workers
  • School workers
  • Residential care service providers or workers of such a business

The Tourism Ministry of the Maldives has previously indicated such easements with current tourist arrivals numbered at 345,261 for 2021. 

Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, during a recent interview with CNBC also said that the Maldives would commence offering vaccinations for tourist arrivals to the Maldives after the entire eligible population of the Maldives was fully vaccinated against the virus.