By Alison Fox
Mar 10, 2022
THE MALDIVES HAS ELIMINATED testing requirements for vaccinated travelers, becoming the latest destination to lift pandemic-era travel protocols. The new rules, which went into effect on March 5, mean vaccinated travelers do not have to show a negative PCR test result to enter the country, nor to leave, according to the Ministry of Tourism for the Maldives.
All travelers who arrive in the Maldives will still be required to complete a Traveler Health Declaration form within 48 hours of their flight.
Unvaccinated travelers will still be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of their departure to the Maldives. Children under 1 are exempt.
The Maldives considers travelers fully vaccinated if at least 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of their initial vaccine series. A booster shot is not required to be considered fully vaccinated.
Previously, all travelers were required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of their trip and fill out a Traveler Health Declaration, according to the United States Mission to Maldives. Travelers also had to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of checking out of a guesthouse on any inhabited island.
The relaxing of restrictions and elimination of the PCR test requirement puts the Maldives in line with other countries around the world that have eased entry protocols or done away with them completely. Ireland has removed all Covid-19-related travel restrictions, regardless of vaccination status. And Iceland did the same last month, also eliminating border protocols for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Courtesy of Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives (2)
Additionally, France is waiving all pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated travelers and Israel started welcoming unvaccinated travelers, but with strict testing protocols in place. In the United States, Puerto Rico will eliminate all pandemic-related border restrictions for domestic travelers this week, and Hawaii plans to end its Safe Travels program for domestic visitors later this month.