PCR Tests No Longer Required for Fully Vaccinated Travellers Arriving in the Maldives

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Updated 05 March, 2022

Effective from 05th March 2022, travellers are no longer required to present a negative PCR test result upon arrival if they have completed the prescribed dose(s) of COVID-19 vaccine.

As per the announcement made my Health Protection Agency (HPA), individuals who have passed at least 14 days after receiving the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergency Use List or by Maldives Food & Drug Authority (MFDA), will no longer have to present proof of a negative PCR test upon arrival.

Tourists who spend their holiday in tourist facilities in inhabited islands are also no longer required to do a PCR test when departing from respective inhabited islands.

However, Work Permit Holders and Maldivians are required to do a PCR test for COVID-19 between 3-5 days of arrival to Maldives.

Additionally, children (above one year) who are not eligible for vaccination and individuals who have not completed the prescribed dose(s) of a COVID-19 vaccine, will still be required to present a negative PCR upon arrival to Maldives, for which the sample for the PCR is taken at most 96 hours before the departure from the first port of embarkation.

Meanwhile, the HPA has lifted a ban on arrivals from seven southern African countries which came into effect after the more-contagious new coronavirus variant of Omicron was identified in South Africa in late November.

With the change, travellers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique are once again allowed to visit the Maldives.

Maldives reopened its borders to tourists of all nationalities on July 15, 2020, with rigorous procedures in place to ensure the safety of tourists and tourism workers.

In order to strengthen the measures, the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine was initiated on February 1 with the government of Maldives set to provide free Covid-19 vaccines to all citizens and residents of the country in the upcoming months.

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