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Risk Ratings  

    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Maldives
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Maldives
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Male and Addu City (Addu atoll)

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): High -

Essential businesses operational but with significant disruption.

Healthcare systems under pressure, even in LOW and MEDIUM Medical risk-rated countries, likely delaying access to non-life threatening but urgent care. Existing security concerns may be increasingly exacerbated by the socio-economic pressures of COVID-19 on the systems and/or diversion of resources. Further reduced avenues of recourse for in-country medical/security issues especially in HIGH/EXTREME rated security environments, with knock-on impacts on operational sustainability.  Highly disruptive BCP mitigation actions in effect, such as temporary suspension of all but essential activities. 

RestrictionsInboundTourists can only stay at specific registered hotels approved by the Ministry of Tourism: https://www.tourism.gov.mv/en/announcements/approved_opening_dates_of_resorts_hotels_vessels_and_transit_facilities
(Until further notice)
Travellers are encourage to install the contact tracing app ‘TraceEkee’ before arrival into the country.
(Until further notice)
‘Split stays’ are permitted between more than one resort that meet all compulsory requirements under the ‘split stay guideline’ approved by Health Protection Agency (HPA). Reservations for split stays must be approved by the Ministry of Tourism two days prior to travel.
(Until further notice)
Locals residing in the capital Male, as well as work visa holders returning to the country, will not be required to quarantine as of 20 December, as long as they are staying within Male.
(Until further notice)
• All non-tourist passengers arriving in Maldives by air (such as residents, work visa holders, and returning students) are required to self-isolate for a period of ten days.
• All non-tourist passengers arriving from the UK (including those on 12-hour transit) are required to test for COVID-19 on the 5th and after the tenth day of their arrival.
(Until further notice)
The provision to travel to Maldives with a vaccination certificate has been suspended. All travellers must carry a negative RT-PCR test issued within 96 hours of travel.
(Until further notice)
Entry for people with work permits from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan has temporarily been suspended. Healthcare workers are exempted from this regulation.
(Until further notice)
The Maldives has suspended issuance of tourist visas to people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka temporarily.
(Until further notice)
Foreign travellers are allowed to enter the Maldives, subject to restrictions. Incoming passengers (including tourists and short-term visitors) are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. The test must be conducted within 96 hours prior to departure for the Maldives. The negative PCR result must be submitted to Maldives Immigration via IMUGA (imuga.immigration.gov.mv), and a Traveller Health Declaration must be completed.

In the event that the passenger makes a transit during the journey, the initial PCR test will be valid if the transit time is within 24 hours. Should the transit time exceed 24 hours, the passenger is required to repeat the PCR test within 96 hours prior to departure from the port of transit.

The PCR test document should state the name of passenger (as per passport), passport number, name and address of testing laboratory, type of test stated as PCR test, date of sampling and test result.

Effective 3 May 2021, all inbound travelers are obliged to produce a PCR negative result with a sample taken 96 hours prior to their departure to the Maldives, even if vaccinated. This includes Maldivians, tourists and work visa holders as well. However, children below one year is exempt from submitting the PCR negative test result.

For more information on the entry requirements, consult the Maldives Immigration website here: https://immigration.gov.mv/time-frame-for-the-pcr-test-result-extended/

Tourists from South Asian countries to be prohibited from checking into guesthouses and hotels in inhabited Islands, and the entry of work permit holders to Maldives from South Asian countries to be suspended.

Travellers with COVID-19-related symptoms will be tested and random testing should be expected upon arrival. More details are available on the Ministry of Tourism website: https://www.tourism.gov.mv/covid19
(Until further notice)
All travellers are required to submit a health declaration form: https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/, declaring their health condition and itinerary 24 hours before their trip and also before departing Maldives. Residents and travellers on long-term visas are subject to 14-day home quarantine under Health Protection Agency's procedure: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Travel-related-home-quarantine-procedure-travel-from-abroad-to-Male%E2%80%99-and-travel-from-Male%E2%80%99-to-other-islands-ENGLISH-version-14.07.2020.docx.pdf
Tourists are exempted from quarantine requirements. However, strict compliance with pre-declared itinerary, social distancing and mask wearing are required.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticFollowing the third phase of easing restrictions, people who wish to leave their residences in Hulhumale and Villimale no longer need a permit. However, a daily curfew between 23.00 and 04.30 remains in effect. Additionally, these restrictions are implemented across Male, airport island Hulhule, industrial island Gulhifalhu and landfill island Thilafushi. Gatherings of more than 15 people in public remain prohibited, and the wearing of masks in public spaces is mandatory. Businesses and restaurants can resume operations. Parks, public facilities and museums can reopen. Outdoor sports, excluding competitions, can resume.
(Until further notice)
Authorities have imposed lockdown in Hithadhoo district (Addu Atoll).
• Curfew from 16.00 to 04.00. Residents require permits to go out even during non-curfew hours
• Two residential permits are to be issued to each house, divided into two sessions
• Those attending work required to obtain a permit from the police
• Restaurants are allowed to have delivery services until 21.00.

(Until further notice)
- Vehicle movement is banned from 00.00-04.00
- Physical classes at schools have been halted and are continuing online. Exams to proceed as usual.
- Government offices and state institutions closed, employees to work from home.
- Sports activities and competitions in the Greater Malé Region halted.
- Parks, open spaces, sports grounds, running tracks and swimming tracks in Greater Malé Region closed.
- Those visiting mosques for prayer to wear face masks, bring their own prayer mats and follow social distancing guidelines.
(Until further notice)
A confirmed booking in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of Tourism prior travel to Maldives is mandatory.
Tourist resorts, liveaboard vessels and hotels located on uninhabited islands are allowed to reopen.
(Until further notice)
Kulhudhuffushi city: The authorities have imposed movement restrictions in and out of the city.
(Until further notice)
Guesthouses on inhabited islands have been allowed to reopen.
(Until further notice)
Maafushi: Movement of people to and from Maldives is restricted.
(Until further notice)
All entrants to Maldives except tourists and those traveling from Male, resorts or any inhabited island with guesthouses, can undergo a reduced home quarantine of ten days. Others, in addition to those with a positive COVID-19 test and their contacts, must undergo a 14-day quarantine.

A mandatory quarantine order of ten days is now in place for any non-tourist travellers who have spent more than 12 hours in transit in UK.
(Until further notice)
• The authorities have extended the internal restrictions in Greater Male Region (which includes Male, Vilimale and Hulhumale) until 30 June. The curfew in the area has been extended and will be in place from 16.00 to 04.00.
• There is a ban on non-essential domestic travel. A police permit is required for movement in the area (including during non-curfew hours). All shops remain closed during curfew hours. Dine-in and takeaway services at cafes and restaurants are suspended. Government offices remain closed.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
- Travel to residential and industrial areas has been restricted. People may only travel for essential purposes. Travel to residential islands from industrial islands requires special approval. Travellers from industrial islands must undergo a ten-day quarantine when visiting residential islands.
(Until further notice)
Parks and public places have reopened. Businesses will gradually resume while food establishments, including cafes and restaurants, have reopened only for takeaway services. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has lifted the 12-hour restriction on vehicle movement across the Maldives capital. A curfew from 16.00 to 04.00 remains in place. Special police permit for movement is no longer required.
(Until further notice)
Travellers going to neighbouring islands from the Greater Male area are required to quarantine for ten days. Workers and short-term travellers may be allowed exemptions after providing a negative COVID-19 PCR-RT test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. However, they will be expected to quarantine at home for ten days on return to any location except Greater Male.
(Until further notice)
OutboundNo outbound restrictions, but flight availability remains limited.
(Until further notice)
Japan will restrict travellers from the Maldives who have been in the country during the past 14 days before arrival.
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSriLankan Airlines will offer direct flights from Maldives to London.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Maldives

COVID-19 information for Maldives

Dedicated COVID-19 website


The Maldives present a largely benign security climate. However, political tensions have the potential to trigger frequent protests, particularly in the capital Male and Addu atoll as seen in 2018, and from late 2011 to March 2013. While these can turn violent at short notice, they do not affect the country's numerous resorts or transport services to and from such facilities.

There remains a low risk of terrorist attacks in the country's urban settlements, including Male; there has not been any successful incident in recent years. Petty crime poses the main day-to-day risk to business travellers to the capital and Addu City (Addu atoll), the country's second largest urban centre.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Maldives
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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PolioProof of polio vaccination is required for
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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