The Maldives Just Made It Simpler for Vaccinated Travelers to Go To
Vaccinated travelers no longer need to submit a PCR test and can simply fill out the Traveler Health Declaration form to enter the Maldives.
The Maldives just made it much easier for travelers to visit their country. From March 5th onwards, all visitors are exempt from the on-arrival PCR testing. Additionally, travelers that stay on inhabited islands won’t be required to show a PCR test as proof of vaccination.
All travelers arriving at the Maldives are required to complete a Traveler Health Declaration form within 48 hours of their flight. Unvaccinated travelers must show proof that they have taken a negative PCR blood test within the last 96 hours.
The Maldives gives travelers a break as long as they are vaccinated and have been in contact with the final dose of their initial series (14 days). A booster shot is not required to qualify as fully vaccinated.
Previously, travelers to the Maldives were required to prove they had been tested negative for the COVID-19 virus and fill out a Traveler Health Declaration. Travelers also have to show proof of a negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours for their visit to be eligible.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently classifies the Maldives as a Level 4 destination, signifying that the nation has high levels of COVID-19 transmission. They warn US citizens to “avoid” traveling there.
The Maldives has eased entry restrictions in an effort to match standards set by other countries. This week, COVID-19-related travel restrictions have been lifted in Ireland, regardless of vaccination status. And the same was done earlier in Iceland as well.
France is also providing waivers on pre-departure testing tasks for travelers who are fully vaccinated– and Israel has begun welcoming unvaccinated travelers, but with strict testing protocols in place.
Following the end of the H1N1 pandemic, Puerto Rico and Hawaii will eliminate border restrictions for domestic travelers.