The Public Health Emergency for the COVID-19 Pandemic announced on 12th March 2020 has been revoked on 13th March 2022 by the Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem.

Following this, changes to COVID-19 preventive measures have been made: 

  1. Pre-arrival PCR test is not required for all passengers arriving Maldives. However, All individual(s) except tourists and Maldivians are recommended to undertake PCR testing between 3-5 days after arrival. Travelers who have symptoms of COVID-19 may take an antigen test. 
  2. Travel-related quarantine is no longer required
  3. Wearing a mask is only mandatory under the following conditions: 
    • In all health facilities, regardless of outbreak status, staff, patients and visitors must wear mask.
    • In outbreak areas (where sample positivity is above 20%), masks must be worn in public areas as per current guidelines for outbreak areas.

Wearing a mask is recommended in:

  1. Services where crowding takes place
  2. Gatherings in confined indoor spaces
  3. Transport vehicles where many people travel and when using public transportation such bus, ferry, taxi)
  4. Crowded places/ gatherings
  5. People who have symptoms of COVID-19

Persons who are high risk for COVID-19 or who live with/care for high risk people are advised to continue wearing masks when in public.

Even though the Public Health Emergency has been revoked, COVID-19 positive isolation, quarantining of contacts and testing before release will be continued as per current guidelines.

Updated on: 14 March 2022