NewsSeptember 2, 2020

Maldives Requires Traveler’s Negative PCR Test Done 72 Hours Prior Departure

From 10th September, to ensure safety of all, Health Protection Agency of Maldives has made it mandatory for all inbound travelers to present a Negative PCR certificate on arrival.

All tourists arriving in to Maldives must have a health document in English that confirms the tourist has a PCR test for COVID-19 with a negative result. The said PCR test has to be done within a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure to Maldives.


In a tweet by the Ministry of Tourism, it was confirmed that all tourists and short term visitors to the country have to present this upon arrival. 

Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom previously revealed that discussions were underway between the Ministry and Health Protection Agency for this arrangement.

According to the Minister, this is to strengthen safety measures to travelers and to ensure that Maldives is a safe destination.

Maldives opened the borders for all nationalities from 15th July 2020. Tourists traveling to Maldives are provided a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival.

A confirmed booking in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of Tourism, prior to travelling to the Maldives is mandatory for the travelers.