The Maldives will reopen its borders to international tourists next month.
Resorts, houseboats and hotels located at uninhabited islands will open from 15 July, while guest houses and hotels located on inhabited islands will open on 1 August.
Visitors are not required to pay an additional fee, produce a certificate or negative Covid-19 test result prior to entry and those without symptoms are not obligated to quarantine.
A free 30-day tourist visa will be issued upon arrival.
Those among the first to visit, must book their entire stay in one establishment, with trips across multiple resorts and hotels are banned during the country’s initial reopening.
All passengers should submit a health declaration card upon arrival and travellers who have come into contact with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 within the past 14 days are advised not to travel.
Upon landing, all passengers should wear masks at the airport, observe social distancing and undergo thermal screening.
Those who present Covid-19 symptoms will be tested at the traveller’s cost and sent to a designated facility for isolation, which may be the traveller’s hotel.
If the test is positive, the tourist may continue isolation at their resort or will be transferred to a designated state-run isolation facility. If the test is negative, they will be released from isolation.
Installing the TraceEkee tracing app is encouraged and local health authorities may conduct random testing at no cost to travellers.
Tourists will also undergo an exit screening prior to departure from their hotel and upon their return home from the Maldives, should any visitor contract Covid-19, they should inform their resort within 14 days of departure.