Can I travel to the Maldives?

The Maldives reopened its borders on 15 July. Please regularly refer to FCDO travel advice for up to date information. We follow the advice of the UK government and as of 22 October 2020 the FCDO stated that the Maldives is exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel and this is why holidays can now go ahead. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.

What is life like in the the Maldives?

All resorts are following guidelines that have set out by the Ministry of Tourism Maldives including social distancing and regular cleaning. Movement between resorts and islands is not yet permitted without quarantine requirements unless approved from the Health Protection agency (HPA). We will only allow single island stays for 2020 bookings. 

Are there any pre-departure requirements in regards to visas and passports?

Officially, your passport must have at least one month validity from the date of expected departure in the Maldives but Kuoni advise minimum of six months validity from the date of your return. You will be granted a free 30-days visa on arrival. You must complete Traveller Health Declaration 24 hours prior to arrival (see below for more details) and as of 10 September, a negative COVID-19 test result carried out within 72 hours of arrival is required. You must carry proof of the negative result when you travel. 

What are the quarantine guidelines in the Maldives?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival into the Maldives if you have negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours prior to arrival. 

If I test positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives, what will happen?

If you develop symptoms and/or subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19 whilst on holiday, you will be required to isolate for 14 days. If your resort has the capacity to keep the guests in isolation you will remain there, otherwise you will be transferred to an alternative facility.

What is the airport and transfer experience like?

All tourists are required to wear face masks at the airport and during domestic travel (including on sea planes and speed boats). Wearing of gloves is optional, but we recommend washing and sanitising your hands regularly. 

What should I expect at the resort?

Safety measures have been implemented at each resort and island in Maldives, and the resorts are opening once the Health Protection Agency (HPA) give their approval. General protocols such as social distancing and the wearing of face masks are in place around the resorts. Speak to a Personal Travel Expert for specific resort information. 

How should I keep safe in the Maldives?

The HPA has introduced an online application that aims to reduce community spread of COVID-19 in the Maldives through detailed contact tracing. You must download the TraceEkee app to your phone prior to your trip. You should also continue to practice good levels of hygiene as advised by the NHS while you are on holiday. You can refer to the government website for detailed information but there are a few basic principles to follow: avoiding being face-to-face with people, keep your hands and face as clean as possible, keep indoor places well ventilated, avoid crowded spaces, use face masks and wash your clothes regularly.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK on my return from the Maldives?

At present, the FCDO advises that UK nationals returning from Corfu do not need to quarantine on their return to the UK. 

Forms and tests required for travel to and from the Maldives

All passengers must complete Traveller Health Declaration 24 hours prior to arrival You will require a negative COVID-19 test result which is conducted within 72hrs prior to arrival into Maldives and you must carry the a printed copy of the negative result. A UK arrival form must be completed 48 hours before your return home.