Vaccinated travelers exempt from PCR tests to enter Maldives!

An airport representative helping tourists at Velana International Airport | Photo: Nishan Ali

Maldives – Maldives Immigration has announced that travelers arriving Maldives, will not be required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR-test certificate upon arrival and undergo mandatory quarantine if travelers have passed 2 weeks after full vaccination from April 20, 2021 onwards.

Maldives Immigration also stated that this will be only possible if the travelers can demonstrate proof of a valid full vaccination certificate with an approved vaccine against COVID-19.

Tourists who have completed full vaccination and completed 2 weeks after full vaccination are also exempted from requiring a negative PCR test result to enter the Maldives. In addition to this, other visa holders are exempt from quarantine procedures if they have completed the second dose of vaccination and have passed 2 weeks from then.

Immigration further added that travelers arriving to the Maldives to work in the following places are required to present a negative PCR test result on arrival, even though 2 weeks have passed after completing their 2nd dose of vaccination;

  • Health facilities
  • Daycare centers
  • Schools
  • Residential care services

HPA had announced that after April 20, 2021, they have decided to provide easements for the restrictions placed on mandatory quarantining after traveling within the Maldives.

The new rules states that if 60% of an islands population has administered two doses of the Covidsheild vaccine, then any individual can travel to that island without following the mandatory quarantine rule and if 60% of an island does not have 60% of its population completely vaccinated, then for the people who complete two doses of Covidsheild vaccine can travel after two weeks without following the mandatory quarantine rule.

HPA has released another set of rules in providing permission for these people to travel without the mandatory quarantine rule. This includes of presenting a negative PCR test before traveling from an island with over 5% of positive cases to an island without as much cases.

Speaking at an interview with CNBC, Dr. Mausoom said that extensive efforts are being made to promote Maldives in 2021, including vaccinating ninety percent of the tourism industry workers. 

Vaccination of the second dose will begin next week for the tourism industry workers according to Minister Mausoom.

According to statistics released by the Tourism Ministry, 32,000 workers have been vaccinated with the first dose as of 13 April 2021. A large percentage of tourism frontliners working on live-aboards, guesthouses and airport representatives at Velana International Airport are now vaccinated. 

The vaccination program began for tourism industry workers on February 4, 2021 in an effort to create a safe environment for travellers and industry personnel.

Maldives is also preparing to launch the ‘3-V’ campaign this year. The three Vs stand for of Visit, Vaccinate and Vacation in which tourists are expected to vacation for three to four weeks in the Maldives and receive two complete doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.