While you are heading to immigration your luggage is being screened before you receive it at Baggage Claim. However, after immigration you may be asked to do a second screening. It is an offence to have pork and pork products, alcohol, explosives, weapons, firearms, ammunition, pornographic material, materials deemed contrary to Islam including ‘idols for worship’ and bibles.
Immigration & Customs
Duty Free Allowances. Items brought in by passengers for their own use when travelling to Maldives. These items include:
Clothes, jewellery, watches, pens, portable gadgets, toiletries, books, magazines, newspapers and zero Alcohol. Bringing in any type of alcohol is strictly forbidden. 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250g of tobacco & up to MVR 6,000 worth of other personal items.
All travellers are required to go through immigration clearance upon arrival. Tourist visas are granted for all nationalities, free of charge, on arrival. Inbound passengers must satisfy the following basic entry requirements before they can be considered for entry into Republic of Maldives:
No earlier than 24 hours prior to your date & time of departure to the Maldives (i.e. your home airport), you must complete the online health declaration which must include a Negative Molecular PCR Test certificate taken no more than 96 hours prior to your embarkation from your departure point i.e. the airport of your home country. The PCR Test Certificate must be also available in printed format to be shown to immigration on arrival.
Even if you have received your full vaccination (2 doses) you must still hold a valid PCR Test.
While not a legal requirement, for your own safety & others it is strongly recommended you download & activate the TraceEkee App. This supports the efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The Health Protection Agency will seek and need your actioned consent to upload your encounter data for contact tracing analysis.
A passport or Travel Document with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with a minimum of 1 month validity after your departure.
Proof of a Pre-Paid hotel booking/accommodation (Confirmed with payment on arrival are accepted in most cases but this is not guaranteed).
Proof of Travel Insurance (TI) for the intended period of stay in the Maldives. If not covered in your own travel insurance policy, you can additionally purchase the Maldives Government approved Tourist COVID-19 Insurance policy from Allied’s website here.
Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Maldives
Confirmed onward/return tickets to home country or a country of Resident (not applicable for valid Resident permit holders)
Entry facilities to their onward destinations, e.g. visas.
Completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card approved by Maldives Immigration
Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable
Other vaccinations: Unless you are flying from tropical Africa there are no required by law vaccinations for the Maldives for entry or exit. However for your own personal health it is strongly recommended that travellers be covered against the main food and water borne diseases (Hepatitis A and Typhoid) and Tetanus. Please check with your Foreign Office service to keep up to date with changes to vaccination requirements and or recommendations.
The maximum number of days granted on arrival will be 30 days unless agreed by any bilateral means or Treaty. The 30 days is not for the passenger to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Immigration to grant any number of days less than or equal to 30. The period of stay granted is shown on the endorsement given on the passport. Passengers are advised to check their passports for the arrival endorsement and take note of the number of days stay given.
All Passengers Entering on a Tourist visa are not permitted to engage in any form of business, occupation, profession or paid employment while in Maldives. It is a punishable offence to overstay in Maldives beyond the number of days given. A fine of MVR 15750 will be imposed as an overstayed fee. and denial of re-entry is common for your lifetime. Click here for the Maldives Immigration Website.
Departing from Maldives
You are required to conduct a PCR test 72hrs prior to your scheduled departure from the island of Omadhoo or if Omadhoo is not your final place of stay you will need to complete a PCR Test there, prior to traveling to the airport to leave the Maldives. On Omadhoo the test will be carried out at the property at an agreed date & time. The cost of this mandatory test is an average of $65 per person and includes anyone above the age of 1 year.
As you did prior to arrival & no earlier than 24 hours prior to your flight departure time, you must complete the same Online Health Declaration, this time selecting 'Departure' and upload a copy of your departure PCR Certificate. The Online Health Declaration form can be found here: https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd/create
In addition, during exit screening if any tourist is found to have fever or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, they must undergo PCR testing for COVID-19. It is important to note that unlike many other airports the security and ability to go back outside the terminal ends the moment you pass through the screening when entering the check in hall.
Immigration & Customs
You & your luggage will be screened before entering the check in hall and once checked in, you and your carryon luggage will be screened for a second time prior to passing through immigration.
When leaving the Maldives you should know it is an offence to depart with alcohol, tortoise shell and coral. Customs checks/baggage screening is very thorough so it is important you have all your receipts for items purchased during your stay, so as to avoid being inadvertently accused of attempting to leave with prohibited items or items which may incur export fees and so forth.