Time Frame for PCR Test Result Set at 96 Hours for Inbound Travellers of All Nationalities

An air transport circular released by the Civil Aviation Authority shows that the time frame for PCR test results for all inbound travellers coming into the Maldives is 96 hours, regardless of nationality.

Passengers — including all tourists, special visa holders, business visa holders, foreign diplomats and their accompanying family members, transiting airline crew, ship crew who arrive by air to sign onto a ship, Maldivian nationals and work visa holders — must hold a negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for COVID-19 prior to entry into the Maldives.

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While the PCR test must be taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first point of embarkation, if the passenger makes a transit during the journey, the initial PCR test will be valid if the transit does not exceed 24 hours.

If the passenger makes a transit that exceeds 24 hours, the passenger must take a repeat PCR test prior to embarkation at the point of transit.

This time frame applies to all inbound travellers coming into the Maldives, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

All arriving passengers and airline crew should complete and submit the online Traveller Health Declaration form available from Maldives lmmigration website portal https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ prior 24 hours to their departure from the Maldives. Passengers are required to present PCR Test results on arrival and should attach the applicable documents when completing the online Traveller Health Declaration form.

As part of the planned activities outlined by the Government of the Maldives to ease the travel restrictions, all international airports in the Maldives were opened for international travel from 15th July 2020 with precautionary measures against the spread of COVID- 19, which are being reviewed from time to time.

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