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First it was one way, then it was the other, but now – the Maldives is officially open to foreign visitors, and has been since July 15th, 2020. There isn’t nearly as much red tape involved as one might have suspected just a few weeks ago.

From plans which would’ve made the tourist driven nation one of the most restrictive on earth, the Maldives adapted and changed to policies which are just the news many seeking a socially distanced getaway on a private island atoll where hoping for. Before you go, you just need to pick a hotel…

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jetty over the indian ocean

Maldives New Tourism Rules

If you’re considering the Maldives, the most important thing to note is you’ll need a recent negative covid-19 test before you’ll be allowed to board a flight.

During the first phase of reopening to tourism on July 15th, the Maldives naturally has a few rules too. Mainly, you can’t island hop at will, but you still can a bit. Fortunately, the Maldives dropped plans for a 14 day stay requirement, so short stays are just fine and no quarantines will be mandated.

Who can visit the Maldives right now? Pretty much anyone who can get there, and free visas on arrival will be issued. Just have that covid test ready.

There are no notable country exceptions as of the time of writing, which means it’s even potentially possible for Americans right now, and certainly a go for visitors from Europe, Asia, Middle East, Pacific and beyond.

Key travel information for visitors to the Maldives#VisitMaldives #SunnySideofLife pic.twitter.com/86Yu8rbvRB

Any Covid-19 Testing Requirements To Enter The Maldives?

Yep, as mentioned, you’ll need one. A health declaration may or may not still be needed. You can read the full entry info here.

A Happy Medium In The Maldives

When circa 90% of all government revenue is derived from tourism and a vast percentage of national GDP, an equilibrium must be reached to ensure local safety, but also not create so many hurdles that visitors never return. It appears the Maldives has gone from extreme early plans to something visitors can get behind

The Maldives without question is one of the best destinations for outdoor and socially distanced activities, with most resorts operating on a suite or villa only basis and most activities taken outside or under the sea, including meals. It may be risky, but it may pay off…

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. @ Gilbert — Yikes this seems like a bad idea — no hospitals on tourist islands, yet everyone required to fly on prop planes with no HEPA filtration in very tight quarters with other non-tested foreigners to reach said remote islands. What could possibly go wrong?

  2. MLE airport is sweltering, they will make a fortune if they start sending everyone who is sweating for testing

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