On 13 October 2020. the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives took to twitter to announce that health authorities have extended the validity of negative COVID tests up to 96 hours.

This allows travelers a longer time period to provide negative test results before arrival in the Maldives. Only visitors on tourist visas and any other short-term visas are expected to provide the negative PCR test. Such travelers, however, are not required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Travelers not obligated to provide the negative PCR test are:

Maldivian citizens
Holders of valid employment approval or work visa
Holders of any other resident permit of Maldives
Flight crew arriving on general declaration
Infants, aged less than one year

The PCR test must include relevant details such as the name and address of the laboratory that performed the testing, result of the test, date of testing as well as name and signature of the issuing officer. It must be submitted to Maldives Immigration via its IMUGA platform ( when filling out the Traveler Health Declaration.

Even after providing a negative PCR test, airport authorities may still be liable to subject passengers to screening or any other surveillance measures during the arrival process of travelers. Visitors that show symptoms of the coronavirus and any individuals traveling with such visitors will be tested at their own expense.

After borders reopened on 15 July 2020, all tourists will receive a 30 day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking to stay at any registered tourist accomodation in the Maldives.

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