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Maldives drops testing requirement for vaccinated travelers

Maldives drops testing requirement for vaccinated travelers

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The Maldives has become the latest destination in the world to completely drop its Covid-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. The island nation, renowned for having some of the clearest seas and most beautiful beaches in the world, made the exciting change to its Covid-19-related entry requirements over the weekend, becoming the latest in a rapidly growing list of countries to have scrapped their Covid-19 testing requirements for travelers arriving from abroad.

Yet while this is poised to make trips to the paradise island cheaper, easier and more appealing to travellers, there are still Covid-19 related rules and restrictions that those planning to visit the Maldives will have to follow. Here’s an overview of the country’s recent restriction change, as well as a recap of what else travelers need to do to be able to visit the Maldives.

Simplified Entry – What Travelers Need to Know

The Maldives has a history of making decisions that make it easier for travelers to enter, reopening for international travel in July 2020 before moving to a system that allowed travelers to be able to enter the country using a test PCR negative Covid-19 returned in July 2021. In addition to previously having to take a test to enter, travelers also had to take a test before leaving the country – but these requirements have now been removed for many travellers.

A circular sent by the Maldives Ministry of Tourism to all tourist facilities on Friday revealed that the country was dropping its Covid-19 testing requirements. The announcement said it would remove testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers only – adding that travelers did not need to be boosted to be eligible.

The circular read as following:

Passengers entering the Maldives are NO longer need to present a negative PCR test result on arrival if the person(s) has completed the prescribed dose(s) of a Covid-19 vaccine that is under approval by the Maldives Food & Drug Authority or the Maldives Emergency Use List (EUL) World Health Organization (WHO) and at least 14 (fourteen) days have passed. (Booster doses are not required to qualify for this exemption).

Referring to the removal of the Covid-19 testing requirement on departure, the Ministry of Tourism circular adds:

Tourists who spend their holidays in the tourist facilities of the inhabited islands are NO MORE need to do a PCR test at the start respective inhabited islands.

Interestingly, the changes only apply to international tourists, not work permit holders or Maldivians.

There is, however, one key requirement that travelers will still need to meet in order to visit the Maldives. Despite changes to testing requirements, travelers still be required to complete the Traveller’s Health Declaration Form in line within 48 hours of their departure to the Maldives, this requirement extending to arrivals at airports and seaports. This form requests contact details for a traveler to the Maldives, flight details, Covid-19 vaccination information, quarantine requirements and health status.

Those who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are still allowed to enter the Maldives, but must take a PCR Covid-19 test in order to do so. The testing window is quite generous, with unvaccinated travelers allowed to take their test no more than 96 hours before the first port of embarkation.

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