NewsDecember 8, 2020

Guesthouses, Hotels in Greater Male’ Area to Reopen From 14th December

As Maldives moves forward in welcoming guests from around the world, after nearly 9 months, guesthouses and hotels in greater Male’ area will also be allowed to reopen from 14th December 2020.

The news was revealed by the Minister of Tourism Abdulla Mausoom via a tweet. However, tourists will be required to do an exit PCR test 72 hours prior, he confirmed. The Minister further thanked the President of Maldives, Honorable Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Ministry of Health and said, “Now we can welcome 2021 in style.”


While guesthouses in other areas were permitted to reopened from 15th October 2020, Maldives opened borders to all nationalities from 15th July 2020. All visitors are granted a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country.

Maldives has also extended ‘Split Stay’ for all types of tourist accommodation facilities, allowing tourists to split their stay between resort, hotels, guesthouses and live aboard boats, with prior approval as per split-stay procedure and guideline by the Ministry of Tourism.

While there is no mandatory quarantine or testing on arrival, tourists traveling to Maldives are required to complete an online health declaration form and provide a negative PCR test result taken at least 96 hours prior to their departure.

The negative PCR test result must be attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online via IMUGA (, by all arriving passengers before arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time).