Travel Destinations

Can I visit the Maldives? Latest travel advice as the country remains red-listed

While the Maldives is currently welcoming tourists, it remains on the UK’s red list.

Britons returning from the Maldives must quarantine for 10 days in a Government approved hotel, at a cost of £1,750 per person. This won’t change at least until the next review, penciled in for June 28.

Despite having vaccinated more than 70 per cent of its population, infections have been flaring across the island nation. While the case count remains high, it is at least falling. As of June 2, its seven-day case rate is 1,260 per 100,000; down nearly 40 per cent on the previous week. By comparison, the UK’s is at 35 per 100K.

That said, its overall death toll is low at 169 in total, and given that many resorts operate on their own islands, the Maldives has continued to prove popular throughout the pandemic; especially among wealthy travellers and influencers despite restrictions tightening across many countries this winter.

If you do plan to book a trip to the Maldives for later this year, here’s what we know so far. 

Am I allowed to travel to the Maldives? 

Holidays are no longer illegal for UK resident however under the traffic light system, which replaced the ban on international travel on May 17, trips to the Maldives are still banned as it is on the ‘red’ list. Returning travellers face 10 days in a quarantine hotel. This won’t change at least until the next review, penciled in for June 28.

But from the Maldives’ point of view, Britons can holiday at a resort without having to quarantine on arrival.

What rules must I follow to enter?

International tourists can still enter the Maldives at Velana International Airport in Malé. All visitors to the country must present evidence of a negative PCR test for Covid taken within 96 hours of departure.

They must also fill in a Traveller Health Declaration Form 24 hours before travelling to the country and an Immigration Arrival Card when they land. Temperature and screening checks are also in place on arrival. Quarantine facilities are set up to isolate any suspected cases of the virus.

Anyone who does show symptoms when they arrive will be required to take another test at their cost or at the cost of the place they are booked to stay in the Maldives. 

All visitors are also asked to download the contract tracing app ‘Trace Ekee’ when or before they arrive.

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