What you need to know before travelling to the Maldives from Australia during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Australians travelling to Maldives.

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It’s safe to say the Maldives has won over the luxury-seekers of the world, Aussies included, with its crystal clear waters and endless blue skies.

In this guide, you’ll find out if travel is permitted from Australia to the Maldives and what’s open as well as permit, testing and quarantine requirements.

Can I travel from Australia to Maldives?

Yes, the Maldives opened its border to all travellers from Australia on 15 June 2020. As with most international destinations, Australian visitors may have major disruptions when trying to return to Australia as a result of fewer flights and cancellations.

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Which entry points in Maldives are open to travellers from Australia?

Maldives has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from Australia:
  • Open Airports: Velana International Airport

As a traveller from Australia, can I travel anywhere once I'm in Maldives?

Yes, once in Maldives, Australians are free to travel anywhere.

What's open in Maldives?

As the threat of COVID-19 diminishes, major sightseeing attractions continue to open in the Maldives for locals and Aussies to visit.

Major tourist attractions that are open:

  • Maafushi
  • Ari Atoll
  • Meeru Island
  • Kuramathi
  • Walking trails, parks and beaches: Australians and locals alike can enjoy the beauty of Maldivian national parks, including ​Dhigali Haa, Kuda Huraa and The Mendhoo Region Australian tourists can enjoy their trip to the Maldives knowing those beautiful beaches are open to the public, including Villingili Public Beach, Hulhumale Beach and Rasfannu Beach.
  • Shopping centres and stores: Shopping centres and retail outlets are open to locals and travellers from Australia. The main destination is the Brandloom by Enmak Maldives.
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars: Although restaurants are open in the Maldives, these are the regulations Aussies should keep in mind.
    • Tables are more than one metre apart so there may be fewer spots to reserve
    • Printed menus may not be available (digital is preferred)
    • Waitstaff are socially distanced from guests and each other

Can I cruise to or around Maldives?

Cruising from Australia to the Maldives is temporarily stopped. Once it’s safe to do so again, you can book sailings via Princess Cruises or Norwegian Cruise Lines.

What are the entry requirements for Maldives coming from Australia?

Do I need a permit to enter Maldives?

Yes, Australian travellers need to fill out and submit a Travel Health Declaration prior to arriving in the Maldives.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

No, visitors from Australia don’t need proof of vaccination if travelling to the Maldives.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing Maldives?

Yes, Australian tourists visiting the Maldives need to present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within 96 hours of arrival unless one of the following exceptions applies to you:

  • Citizen of the Maldives
  • Holder of an employment visa
  • Holder of a dependent visa
  • Holder of a student visa
  • Holder of a marriage visa
  • Children below the age of one
  • Flight crew who arrive on a general declaration

As of 20 April 2021, Australians who have received their second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine two weeks before arriving in the Maldives do not have to show a negative test result upon entry - the completion document must be uploaded into the IMUGA portal containing the following information:

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Both vaccination dates
  • Vaccination brands
  • The authority that administered the vaccination

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Maldives?

No, Aussies tourists are not required to quarantine upon arrival in the Maldives unless they fall under one of the categories below. Australian visitors that fall into one of the following but have received both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine are also exempt from quarantine.

  • You're a traveller arriving from the UK
  • You're not a tourist
Australians who are included in these exclusions must register within 24 hours of arriving in the Maldives and complete a 10-day quarantine at their residence.

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