The Maldives re-opened to international and domestic travel on the 15th July 2020 (Updated 5 Oct 21)
A bit of welcome news for UK divers arrived with the relaxation of government travel restrictions.
Travel to The Maldives is now possible for British-based divers after it came off the UK's red list on 22nd September, and all warnings against travel were dropped on 28th September.
All Countries Inbound Criteria
A Thirty-day free on-arrival visa will be issued to all tourists with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the Maldives. (which includes all our Liveaboards)
Every person from every country is eligible to enter as long as these criteria are met..
You must present a negative PCR test upon arrival, the PCR test has to have been conducted within 96 hours prior to departure for the Maldives.
The PCR test result should be submitted through the IMUGA portal within 24 hours prior to departure to Maldives.
In addition, the lab result should be presented in paper or electronic format during the airline check-in.
The document containing the PCR test result should state:
Name of the passenger, Name and address of the testing laboratory, Type of test stated as a PCR test and the Date and time of the test and the result
PLEASE NOTE: IF you have been vaccinated and are over 14 (fourteen) days after the second dose of the prescribed dose(s) of a vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization, Emergency Use Listing (EUL) or the Maldives Food and Drug Authority, or any other competent authority of the respective countries then you DO NOT need a PCR test to enter the Maldives, although please check with your airline as they may still require it to board your flights.
Tests can be arranged on board for your outbound flights if needed.
Visitors will also have to complete a health declaration form.
Split-Stays (2 different places to stay like a liveaboard followed by a resort) are permitted between all tourist establishments that meet all compulsory requirements under the Split-Stay guideline approved by the local Health Protection Agency.
Requests for approval of these Split-Stays should be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism two days prior to the traveling date and will be arranged by the first place you stay.
All visitors to the Maldives are encouraged to install the contact tracing application ‘Trace Ekee’ upon or before arrival into the country.
Here is the full official document on the Maldives and Covid from the government.
Also for travel insurance Allied Insurance Company, in association with the Ministry of Tourism, has launched a COVID-19 insurance policy focusing on tourists visiting the Maldives
For more info, you can download the brochure here.
We suggest all guests apply for it, or any other useful Covid-19 insurance, before your trip to Maldives.
To leave the Maldives there are no requirements but each guest should refer to their particular destination country's entry policy from the Maldives and information from their government, embassy, and related authority's website.
Don't forget to check with your airline company for any possible extra Covid-19 procedures put in place by them before and during your stay in Maldives to enable you to fly with them.
Airlines such as such as Emirates, Ethiad, Qatar have their own criteria in place, PCR tests are possible whilst you are on your liveaboard for your outbound flight should your airline or destination country require it.
The General Booking conditions (Each boat has slightly different policies so please ask) for the near future are...
if you are unable to join your trip due to Covid travel restrictions at your point of departure or your own home country are you can cancel for free and move your trip to a later date creating a risk free booking situation.
Refunds will not be offered for trips that might need to be rescheduled due to the corona virus but you will be able to reschedule to a later date.
Please note that you must have over 6 months left on your passport on the day of entering the country.
It is also mandatory to have (or rent on-board if you don’t have) a dive computer and to also have valid dive insurance for this trip.
All visitors are not allowed to bring liquor to the Maldives.
If you have bought liquor, beer and related items containing alcohol from a duty free shop while on route to the Maldives, these products must be bonded in the airport’s customs department upon arrival.
These goods will be returned before departure.
However, all resorts and liveaboards – other than hotels in the capital Male’ – offer world famous brands of liquor, beer, and other alcoholic beverages.
Please Email Us if you have any questions and we will be happy to help you.
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