Maldives bars tourists from India from visiting parts of the country

The Maldives, which has been the hotspot for Indians vacationing abroad during the pandemic, has made a significant decision concerning tourists originating from India in light of the substantial pandemic that is raging in India at the moment. The Government of Maldives has now decided that tourists arriving from India can no longer be over at tourist facilities in inhabited islands of the Maldives.

There is a Gazette notification also out, but I can’t seem to have Google Translate or any other translation software to translate it. However, my interpretation is that this notification disallows people from travelling and staying at Maldivian resorts but skips liveaboard boats for divers. Another travel editor, however, feels this is more for the inhabited places like Male but does not affect the resort business.

Here is another interpretation I feel I should include for completeness sake, but in the end, I am waiting for some resorts to come back with what is their interpretation of this rule.


With effect from April 27, 2021, onwards, those who want to head to the Maldives resorts from India will no longer be welcome in parts of the country till further notice. So, if you had any plans to head to the Maldives, you might want to check with your airline and resort about how things are going to pan out for you.

What do you think of the move for the Maldives to ban tourists originating from India for the time being in inhabited parts of the country?

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  1. Hi, checked on this with the hotel. Valid only on guest houses and hotels in local island male city. Luxury resorts are all open with rtpcr as earlier

  2. With a couple exceptions, resorts are only allowed on uninhabited islands, so they should still be fine.
    There are guesthouses and other less exclusive lodgings on the inhabited islands, and that’s where Indians are now banned.

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