COVID-19 Information – Maldives
Last updated: May 10, 2023
The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.
Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? Yes
- Traveler Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 72 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd.
- Maldives Immigration – https://immigration.gov.mv/faq-for-visiting-the-maldives/
- Ministry of Tourism Maldives – https://www.tourism.gov.mv/en/page/updates_on_the_covid_19_situation_in_the_maldives
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Tourists are allowed entry without quarantine on arrival.
- Travelers who test positive (regardless of vaccination status) and are asymptomatic are required to quarantine for 7 days at their own expense from the date the testing sample was taken. If symptomatic, the quarantine period will end 24 hours after the COVID-19 positive person stops showing symptoms.
- Travelers who are fully vaccinated but have had contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will have two options:
- 10-day quarantine at their own expense from the last date of contact with the COVID-19 positive patient. If the direct contact does not show symptoms after 10 days, they will automatically be released from quarantine. No further testing is required.
- 5-day quarantine at their own expense from the last day of contact with the COVID-19 positive patient, followed by a negative PCR test.
- Travelers who are not fully vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19 must undergo 14 days of quarantine at their own expense and then receive a negative COVID-19 test result to be released from quarantine.
- Travelers who are required to quarantine must pay for their own extended stay. You should reconsider travel to Maldives if you do not have sufficient funds to cover any additional quarantine period.
- The Maldives Ministry of Health has established a website, COVID-19 Local Updates, to track the status of the disease and provide updates. Families of individuals who are currently in quarantine and isolation facilities may contact the following hotlines to get updates on their status: +960-722-3541 and +960-729-0223. These hotlines are staffed from 9am to 11pm Maldives time and have English speakers.
- PCR and/or antigen tests are available for U.S. citizens in Maldives.
- Test results are reliably available within 72 hours.
- U.S. citizens can obtain PCR tests through their resort/hotel. If the resort/hotel is unable to assist with the PCR test, the traveler will be required to travel to Male for testing. A list of testing laboratories in the greater Male region is available here: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/covid-19-pcr-testing-laboratories-in-greater-male-region-for-travellers/?c=0.
- The traveler is responsible for the cost of testing unless chosen for random testing on arrival. Prices vary by resort/laboratory.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Are vaccines available in Maldives for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Oxford Astra-Zeneca, Covieshield, Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen are available in Maldives.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- Maldives Ministry of Health has published a COVID-19 Local Updates webpage as well as the Maldives Health Protection Agency.
- Other links:
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- Maldives lifted the curfew in Greater Male (Male’, Hulhumale, and Villingili), as of July 8. Please see Islands Under Monitoring – COVID-19 (health.gov.mv)
- Islands with confirmed COVID-19 patients are placed under travel lockdown, with arrivals and departures to those islands prohibited. Inter-island or inter-resort travel is prohibited without special permission.
Fines for Non-Compliance
- Non-compliance with host country rules regarding social distancing, movement restrictions, or other COVID-19 prevention measures may result in fines or arrests.