COVID-19 entry restrictions for the Maldives
Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for the Maldives’ current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
If you’re planning travel to Maldives, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) guidance on foreign travel insurance.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.
Most visits to Maldives are trouble free. The most common problems faced by visiting British nationals are lost and stolen passports, and swimming and diving related accidents. See Safety and security
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in the Maldives. See Terrorism
An improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in central Male’ on the evening of 6 May 2021, injuring a high-profile politician and a number of bystanders. You should follow the instructions of local authorities whilst investigations are underway.
The Maldivian authorities have designated a March 2020 arson attack on a police speedboat in Laamu Gan as a terrorist incident and charged two individuals with terrorism offences in relation to the attack. This follows knife attacks against three foreigners (two resident employees and one tourist) in Hulhumale’ in February, which were claimed by Daesh (also known as ISIL, Islamic State, or ISIS) supporters. The Maldives police made a number of arrests in relation to the knife attacks. You should remain vigilant.
Political protests in the capital Male’ take place occasionally. You should exercise caution and avoid any protests or rallies. Outlying islands, resorts or Male’ International Airport are not usually affected by protests or rallies. See Political situation
UK health authorities have classified Maldives as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website
Take care of your valuables and other personal possessions, and be aware of the risk of street crime. See Crime
Consular support may be limited as there are no dedicated consular staff in Maldives. However, appropriate assistance is available through the Honorary Consul or through the British High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.