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Frequently asked questions

Planning your trip

The Government of Maldives will resume the issuing of on arrival tourist visas from July 15 2020.

There is NO mandatory quarantine on arrival to the Maldives.

To ensure the safety of all, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has made it a mandatory requirement for all tourists to present a Negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for Covid-19 on arrival effective 10th September 2020. The sample for the said test must be taken not more than 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en route to the Maldives. However, please be informed that infants aged less than one-year-old are exempted from the aforementioned testing requirement. Please refer to circular number 88-PS/CIR/2020/73 and the Air Transport Circular AT-2020/Issue 03.

Please note that upon arrival into the Maldives, those who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms will have to undergo a PCR test. If you are travelling in a group, all members of the group must undergo testing.


Visa Requirments


Passport must have at least 1-month validity from the date of your expected departure in the Maldives.

A confirmed pre-booking at a registered tourist facility is a pre-requisite for the visa. Up until guesthouse tourist facilities are to be reopened at a later date, a booking is considered valid ONLY for a tourist resort facility, liveaboards, and/or pre-approved transit facilities..

Tourist visa extensions will be made available for long-stay tourists without imposition of any further fees.

Before your Departure to Maldives

It is mandatory for ALL tourists to undergo a NUCLEIC PCR TEST RESULT 96 hours prior to their scheduled departure from their first point of embarkation en route to the Maldives.

Arrival to Maldives

Velana International Airport (VIA) has implemented social distancing measures with clearly visible signs and floor markings in passenger terminals.

All visitors MUST keep a distance of at least ONE meter (3 FEET) between one another at all times, while in these spaces.

Measures at the Border

  • As you disembark from the aircraft, airport authorities will ensure that all visitors are wearing masks.

  • ivals as part of our health surveillance measures. The cost for these voluntary tests will be borne by the Government of Maldives.

  • As you enter the arrival terminal and make your way through to immigration, you will be guided past thermal screening cameras.

  • Hand sanitizers will be widely available throughout the airport. Please use it liberally.

  • Those who exhibit any Covid-19 symptoms will be asked to exit the queue and will be transferred to a designated testing area.

  • The Government of Maldives will also be carrying out Random Sampling on arrivals as part of our health surveillance measures. The cost for these voluntary tests will be borne by the Government of Maldives.

What is the process for filling the Health Declaration Form?

Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travellers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel.

You may submit the form electronically via

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