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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 the Maldives.

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We are not updating this article and the information may no longer be current. For the latest on travel from Australia to Maldives, please visit Smartraveller.

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. For those of us who've been dreaming about an island escape, the Maldives is now welcoming travellers from all over the world.

Without the need to quarantine, getting to your resort couldn't be easier, but you will need to make sure you've got your paperwork in order. Here's what is permitted for travel from Australia to the Maldives.

TL;DR: Entry requirements for quarantine-free stays in the Maldives

  • A negative PCR test result within 96 hours before departure or proof of recovery
  • A completed Traveller Health Declaration
  • Prepaid hotel booking or accommodation
  • Confirmed return tickets to country of residence
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate if arriving from an affected country

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What are the entry requirements for the Maldives coming from Australia?

Do I need a permit or visa to enter the Maldives?

No, tourist visas are granted on arrival for travellers to the Maldives for periods up to 30 days.

You will, however, need to complete a Traveller Health Declaration online within 48 hours prior to travel.

As of 28 November, the Maldives government has suspended entry to travellers arriving from a select group of high-risk countries: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini.

This suspension also applies to those who've transited in 1 of these countries for more than 12 hours.

Do I need proof I'm vaccinated to travel?

No, you don't need to be vaccinated to travel to the Maldives.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test when travelling to the Maldives?

Yes, to enter the Maldives, you'll need to show a valid negative PCR test result with a sample taken within 96 hours prior to embarking from your first port en route to the Maldives.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in the Maldives?

No, quarantine isn't necessary on arrival in the Maldives.


Getting to the Maldives and travelling around once there

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

All land and sea ports are open to Australian travellers including Male's Velana International Airport.

Are flights between Australia and Maldives available?

Yes, you can currently find flights to the Maldives from airlines such as Emirates, Etihad and Singapore Airlines.

There are no direct flights between Australia and the Maldives which means at least 1 stopover will be needed. Make sure you meet the transit requirements for each destination before you travel.

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

Yes, you are allowed to travel freely around the Maldives.

Tourists are also allowed to split their accommodation during their stay but will need to hold a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of checking out.

You must wear face masks at airports and in all enclosed public places. Social distancing measures are in place throughout the country.

While not related to COVID-19 restrictions, there are some parts of the Maldives that Smartraveller recommends Australians exercise a high degree of caution in. Male and Hulhumale, are called out specifically due to increased security risks.

Are hotels, hostels and resorts all open to tourists?

Yes, all accommodation providers are allowed to reopen. Expect additional safety measures in place including a temperature check on arrival and masks required in indoor communal spaces.


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Can I cruise to or around the Maldives?

Yes, cruise ships are allowed into the Maldives. There are cruises scheduled for as early as December 2021 with Oceania followed by some sailings by Regent and Ponant early next year.

Australia has an ongoing ban in place on international cruise ships so there are no cruises scheduled to depart from Australian ports.

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What's open in the Maldives?

Most of the beaches, national parks, shopping centres and other attractions are open in the Maldives but some new rules apply as safety measures.

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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 including the local street markets in Male.

Restaurants, cafes and bars: Although restaurants are open in the Maldives, these are some regulations Australians should keep in mind.

  • Tables are more than 1 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

Returning to Australia from Maldives

Do I have to quarantine when I return to Australia?

Yes, you will need to do some level of quarantine upon arrival back from Maldives. However, this depends on which state you're flying into and your vaccination status.

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Do I need proof of a negative test before arrival in Australia from Maldives?

Whether you need a negative COVID-19 test result before you arrive in Australia from Maldives depends on which state or territory you're travelling to.

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COVID-19 statistics for Australia vs Maldives

Note: No data was available on days where the charts may read 0% for vaccination rates.

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