A PCR test is no longer mandatory, although a Traveler Health Declaration form is still required.

The Maldives has removed pre-arrival testing requirements for vaccinated visitors, making it the latest destination to do so during the pandemic era.

According to the Maldives Ministry of Tourism, the new rules, which took effect on March 5, would eliminate on-arrival PCR testing and make visiting the island paradise easier than ever.

Vaccinated passengers who stay on an inhabited island will no longer be needed to show a PCR test upon departure.

All visitors to the Maldives will be required to fill out a Traveler Health Declaration form within 48 hours of their arrival. Unvaccinated travellers must still present evidence of a negative PCR test performed within 96 hours of their departure. Children under the age of one are exempt.

If at least 14 days have passed since the final dose of their initial vaccine series, the Maldives deems passengers fully vaccinated. It is not necessary to receive a booster shot to be considered completely vaccinated.

Previously, travellers had to present documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test done within 96 hours of their trip and fill out a Traveler Health Declaration. Travelers were required to produce documentation of a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of checking out of any inhabited island’s guesthouse.

The Maldives is currently classified as a “Level 4” location by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, signifying a “very high” level of COVID-19 infection and advising Americans to “avoid” travelling there.

The Maldives has now joined the list of other countries that have relaxed or eliminated entrance restrictions.

– India’s new age travel digital media


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