Maldives' health authorities extends validity of negative COVID-19 test results.

Travelers previously had to present a negative COVID-19 test result from no more than 72 hours prior to entering the Maldives. However, Ministry of Tourism revealed yesterday that the health authorities of the Maldives have extended the validity to up to 96 hours.

"Another reason to #visitmaldivesnow," said the Minisrtry, making the announcement on Twitter.

Maldives' main international gateway, Velana International Airport said this move is good news to long-distance travelers.

When Maldives reopened borders for international travelers after three months in July, tourists were not required to present a negative COVID-19 test result. But in early September, negative test results were mandated, as many travelers are required to present such documents to embark international airlines and transits.

Also in September, split stays in the Maldives was permitted, allowing tourists to travel to multiple destinations within the country.

COVID-19 negastive PCT test results are required from passengers entering Maldives under Tourist Visa, Business Visa, Special Visa and ship crew arriving to sign-on. The PCR certificaste must clearly show the name and address of the laborastory, the result, and the date of sample taken.

The test results must be attached while completing the online Traveler Health Declaration form by all passengers before arrival (not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time) in the Maldives.

Exempt from PCR test submission are:

  • Citizens of Maldives
  • Valid employment approval or work visa holders
  • Dependent visa holders
  • Student visa holders
  • Marriage visa holders
  • Children below the age of one year
  • Flight crew arriving on General Declaration.