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The Maldives Reopening Border For Tourism On July 15th

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The President of Maldives said that the country's border will be reopening for tourism on July 15th, 2020 and international flights will resume.

The Maldives is reopening to tourism

The gorgeous 1190 coral islands and 26 atolls of the Maldives are almost completely reliant on tourism and for the first time in 47 years, they have not had a foreign arrival.

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Tourists from all countries will be able to enter the Maldives. 

Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure.

Travelers can expect the following procedures:

  • Thermal screening of all passengers
  • Health declaration filled out upon arrival
  • Travelers must wear masks while in transit
  • Free 30 day visa will be provided
  • Travelers showing symptoms may be subjected to Covid-19 testing
  • All passengers should have travel health insurance that covers covid
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Tourists will only be allowed to stay only at resorts.

Budget hotels commonly known as guesthouses will be still closed across the country.

Guesthouses will be reopening for travelers starting on August 1st, 2020 (Some reports have said this is delayed to September 1)

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Earlier this week, the Acting Managing Director of the Maldives Airports Company Limited said that there are 10 airlines that have reserved slots to start flight operations at Velana International Airport.

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Even with the new health and safety protocols in place to allow the return of tourism, it might be a while before levels are anywhere near the ‘norm’. The Maldives are most famous for being a honeymoon destination, and with many weddings being put on hold, the number newlywed couples looking to take their honeymoon are dramatically down.

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The Maldives are hoping their ideas to get travellers to return will be effective, as tourism directly accounts for 39.6% of their GDP, making it the most reliant nation on Earth to tourism.

See the complete list of countries reopening their borders for tourism.

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Disclaimer: Maldives’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

Article originally published June 23, 2020


Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Don't bother going to the Maldives. I just arrived today. They are not allowing anyone to stay in the hotels. You must stay in the resorts and most of them are super expensive. I'm on Fihalhohi Island. There's not much to do here. A wasted vacation. The price i got was $118 a day which includes three meals a day. You could see the whole island in less than an hour. It's that bad.

Junjupelly Pranay

Monday 7th of September 2020


I'm Indian and wanna visit Maldives next month

Can i book any kind of accommodation and can travel freely there( i mean without Quarantine as long as i fulfill all the requirements)?


Saturday 8th of August 2020

Update this post: By Government decision the opening of hostels and hotels in maldivian local village islands has been postponed to September 01.