Maldives holidays: Deals, flights and latest testing rules

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Beaches don’t come better than those in the Maldives, and with the archipelago now on the UK’s travel corridor list, you might be thinking about a visit.

Below, we break down the latest entry rules, the weather from November onwards, how much it’s likely to cost you, and where you can look for good deals.

Can I travel to the Maldives?

Yes, the Maldives is open to leisure tourism with no quarantine period or additional visa required. The main thing to know is that you must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours (three days) before you leave the UK, and obtain a certificate showing you do not have Covid-19. In the Maldives, only children aged under one are exempt.

The test will involve a nasal or throat swab and may cost between £100 and £150 per person. Read our guide to getting a test for travel here; note that you have to arrange and pay for this test privately, you cannot get it through the NHS.

You must also fill in a Traveller Health Declaration form 24 hours before you travel to the Maldives, and you must have a confirmed hotel booking and a return ticket.

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You are encouraged (but not required) to install the Maldives’ contact tracing app ‘TraceEkee’ (App Store / Play Store) before arrival.

What rules are in place?

According to the country’s tourism office, hotel representatives will arrange transfers to hotels and resorts from the airport. Tourists should not move to hotels or resorts they have not pre-booked, and should not travel between islands (other than to get to their resort) or stay in the capital, Male City.

All tourists must wear face masks at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces. You should also keep three feet away from people outside your household and wash your hands regularly.

Other than that, you should be able to enjoy a holiday largely as normal. Look to a local tour company like Secret Paradise to help you take part in adventurous and authentic activities safely. 

Do I have to quarantine when I get home?

No. Now the Maldives is on the UK’s travel corridor list, you do not have to self-isolate when you get back to the UK. The Maldives is also now considered safe to visit by the Foreign Office.

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How much will a holiday to the Maldives cost and are there cheap deals available?

The Maldives is known for its sprawling luxury resorts, some of which inhabit private islands, so it isn’t exactly a budget destination.

There are various flight options from the UK, though they aren’t available every day. Flight-only tickets in November and December will cost you between £900 and £1,500 return; in January and February you might find return flights for £700-£800.

Deals on resorts, hotels and guest houses (the cheapest option) are available on aggregation sites like Secret Escapes, Booking.com and Trivago, with a seven-day trip for two costing anywhere from £500 up into the many thousands. For accommodation on the cheaper end with a good rating, check out Crown Beach Hotel Maldives or Paradise Island Resort.

Secret Paradise offers hotel + activity deals, such as eight days with airport transfers, food and multiple daily yoga sessions for £1,073pp.

You could also opt for airline deals, where you can find seven-day trips for less than £1,500 per person including hotel, breakfast and flights.

British Airways has deals at the Bandos Maldives for £1,321pp or the Curio Collection by Hilton Saii Lagoon for £1,405pp. Virgin Atlantic is offering deals from December, including six nights at the Atmosphere Kanifushi for £2,831pp, and five nights at the Hard Rock Maldives for £1,459pp.

Am I allowed to leave the UK?

The rules depend on where you live; we’ve broken them down here.

Are you planning a trip to the Maldives, or do you have questions about travel? Let us know in the comments!  

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