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Current

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

Before unnecessary, tourist trips to the Maldivesbecomes currently warned.

Epidemiological situation

The Maldives are very badly affected by COVID-19. The Maldives have so far been classified as a risk area. Nationwide, the number of new infections is now more than 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, which is why the Maldives is classified as an area with a particularly high risk of infection (high incidence area).
The national Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide current and detailed figures.

entry

Entry into the Maldives is possible for tourists with a booking confirmation in a resort for the entire duration of their stay. Visas are issued free of charge upon entry. Furthermore, travelers must present a negative PCR test result upon entry. The swab may have been taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. Children under one year of age are exempt from the test. In addition, it is mandatory to submit an electronic entry declaration, which must be completed on the website of the Maldivian border authorities before departure. Temperature measurements are taken upon entry. Travelers with COVID-19 symptoms must undergo a PCR test at the airport for a fee. In addition, random, free tests can be carried out. People who tested positive spend the necessary quarantine, depending on their state of health in the resort or in a quarantine facility of the Maldivian government. The quarantine lasts at least three days for people without symptoms and 14 days for people with symptoms. The costs for treatment, quarantine and tests can be transferred from the resort to the guest in accordance with the applicable regulations. The Maldivian government recommends that travelers use the local Trace Ekee tracing app.

Transit and onward travel

Transit is possible in the Maldives, designated transit hotels in Malé and Hulhumalé are available. The Maldivian Ministry of Tourism provides information on the transit hotels.

Travel connections

Commercial airlines have resumed international air travel to the Maldives.

Restrictions in the country

There is currently a government declared public health emergency in place.
The stay of travelers is generally limited to the resort booked. For planned stays in several resorts, a so-called split stay can be requested from the Maldivian Ministry of Tourism. The capital Malé and uninhabited islands can currently not be visited by tourists, exceptions apply to Malé for necessary overnight transit.

Hygiene rules

In public and closed spaces, it is mandatory to wear mouth and nose protection. In addition, extensive hygiene and health regulations apply, which are published on the website of the Ministry of Tourism.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • Find out about detailed measures and additional information from the Maldivian government.
  • In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, contact the COVID-19 Safety Manager at your resort or the Maldivian Ministry of Health on the COVID-19 hotline 1676.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the responsible company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out in the Maldives either.
In September 2017, some people were arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Malé. In early February 2020, several people were arrested in connection with a knife attack on foreign nationals in Hulhulmalé. A radical group has committed itself to the attack. Security forces in busy places such as the international airport in Hulhumalé were then reinforced.

  • Be especially careful in busy locations outside the resort-only islands and near religious sites such as mosques and on special occasions.
  • Please note the worldwide safety information.

Domestic situation

There can be isolated protests and demonstrations, especially in Malé, which are mostly peaceful. However, isolated violent clashes and traffic obstructions cannot be ruled out.

The transfer to the resorts usually takes place directly from the airport, so a stay in Malé is not necessary.

  • Find out about the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds in large areas.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

crime

Crime on the pure resort islands is low. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing and handbag theft also occur on beaches. Acts of violence such as stabbing by members of rival youth gangs have occurred in Malé and Hulhumalé; Foreigners have not been the target so far.

  • Be particularly careful when visiting the capital, especially in the evenings and when it is dark.
  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • In large crowds such as at the airport, in markets, on boats and on beaches, be particularly vigilant and watch out for your valuables.
  • Never leave drinks unattended and check prices before ordering.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

The Maldives are located in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes and tsunamis can occur.

There is a tropical climate with relatively high humidity.
The rainy season extends from November to April in the northeast and from May to October in the southwest. During this time, isolated tropical storms and intense rainfall can be expected.

  • Keep track of weather reports on a regular basis.
  • In the event of a storm warning, please note the information on hurricanes abroad.
  • Always observe prohibitions, signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
  • Familiarize yourself with earthquake and tsunami behavior guidelines. This is offered by the German Research Center for Geosciences.

Travel info

Responsible diplomatic mission

There is no professional consular representation in the Maldives; the German embassy in Colombo / Sri Lanka is responsible.
In urgent cases, you can contact the German honorary consul in the Maldives.

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

The traffic between the Maldivian islands is handled by boats and seaplanes. Advice from local tour operators is recommended. Few islands have a road network. There is left-hand traffic there.

  • Always drive carefully and defensively

Driver's license

The international driving license is required and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.

Special rules of conduct / Ramadan

During the fasting month of Ramadan, restrictions in everyday life outside of the tourist resorts (e.g. during the day restaurants outside the hotels are closed, reduced working hours at the authorities) and increased sensitivity in religious matters and in questions of respecting Islamic traditions can be expected.

Eating, drinking, smoking in public, including in vehicles, - even chewing chewing gum - is prohibited from sunrise to sunset, even for non-Muslims, as a punishment.

Women should wear long-sleeved clothing that is as discreet as possible, especially during this time, while men should avoid wearing short casual clothing.

LGBTIQ

Homosexuality is a criminal offense in the Maldives. Failure to comply will result in criminal prosecution.

Legal specifics

All drug possession is strictly forbidden in the Maldives. Violations can result in severe penalties, even in small quantities. Tourists have also been sentenced to life imprisonment.

In the Maldives, Islam (Sunni direction) is the state religion, the legal system is based on Sharia law. Any behavior that can be interpreted as Christian missionary activity is prohibited.

Outside the tourist resorts, in so-called "Artificial Beach Areas", e.g. in Malé or in the vicinity of simple guest houses, signs were posted that the wearing of inappropriate ("improper") swimwear (e.g. bikini) is not permitted there.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the Rufiyaa (MVR). International credit cards are accepted by almost all resorts, and there are also ATMs at the airport. However, it is advisable to bring US dollar cash with you, as fundraising on the smaller islands can be difficult.

Package travelers are also recommended to have a valid credit card with sufficient credit and a PIN or bank card.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry. Due to a temporary measure by the Maldivian authorities, travel documents currently only have to be valid for at least one month upon entry. The Department of Immigration publishes the currently applicable regulations.

visa

German citizens need a visa to enter the country.
Tourist visas of up to 30 days are issued when entering the Maldives.

The extension of a tourist visa to 90 days is possible, but requires an application that must be made on site (in the Maldives directly), as well as a recommendation of the appropriate hotel island, which must also be made on site. A permit is issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Male.

The booking of a tourist stay of a duration that exceeds 30 days is therefore at your own risk. Exceeding the 30-day visa deadline without an approved extension can result in heavy fines and an entry ban.

Please contact the Department of Immigration for more information on entry requirements.

Long-term stay

When starting work in the Maldives, e.g. in hotels, employees should be careful not to hand over their passport to the employer over a long period of time, as the passport is often used as a means of pressure in labor disputes.

Minors

There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Import regulations

Medicines are subject to strict import controls. The Maldivian government is committed to combating the trade in illegally imported medicines. When importing prescription drugs for personal use, a certificate from the attending physician must therefore be carried with you, stating the name of the patient, the name of the drug or drugs and the therapeutic daily dose. This certificate must be in English or have an English translation. There are no restrictions on the import of non-prescription drugs. However, it is recommended that you have a medical certificate with you, unless you are dealing with generally known medication, e.g. for stomach problems or headaches.

Alcohol may not be imported, not even in the duty-free amounts customary elsewhere. The import of images of gods such as Buddha statues is also prohibited. Such goods can, however, be deposited at a special counter at the airport against a receipt and picked up again upon departure.

Magazines showing scantily clad people may not be imported.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. When entering from a yellow fever area or staying for more than 12 hours in transit through a yellow fever area, all persons aged 9 months and over must provide evidence of a yellow fever vaccination. The Maldives itself is not a yellow fever area. Proof of a polio vaccination must be provided when entering or leaving a country with evidence of poliomyelitis (polio) or when making a Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and also against hepatitis B and typhoid for long-term stays or special exposure.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Zika virus infection

The Zika virus infection, which is primarily transmitted by diurnal Aedes mosquitoes, can lead to malformations in children during pregnancy and cause neurological complications in adults. There have been isolated Zika infections among pregnant tourists in recent years.

Dengue fever

Dengue viruses are nationwide especially during and immediately after the rainy season by diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is usually accompanied by fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see information sheet on dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

Chikungunya fever

Chikungunya viruses are diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain. The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences; long-term rheumatism-like symptoms rarely occur. There is neither a vaccination norChemoprophylaxis another specific therapy, see leaflet Chikungunya fever.

  • To avoid Chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

malaria

There is no endemic malaria in the Maldives.

In order to avoid mosquito-related infections, you should still protect yourself consistently against insect bites as part of exposure prophylaxis. You should pay particular attention to the following points:

  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers the body (long trousers, long shirts).
  • Repeatedly apply insect repellent to all exposed parts of the body, during the day, in the evening hours and at night.
  • If necessary, sleep under an impregnated mosquito net.

HIV / AIDS

There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene, most diarrheal diseases and also cholera (see below) can be avoided. To protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you are out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.

Geographical diseases

The intense solar radiation due to the proximity of the equator, especially at lunchtime, as well as dangerous ocean currents are often underestimated by vacationers. Swimming accidents caused by jellyfish, poison fish, water snakes and sharks are rare. Beaches polluted by animal excrement pose a risk of infection for parasitic skin diseases (larva migrans cutanea).

  • Make sure you have good sun protection and sufficient fluid intake, especially for children and the elderly.
  • Pay attention to warnings about dangerous currents and contamination on beaches.
  • Before going on a diving holiday, familiarize yourself with the basic dangers of recreational diving and get medical advice and medical examinations before you start your journey, see the diving leaflet.

Medical supplies

Medical care in the Maldives is limited and in many areas it does not meet European standards. This also applies to the two hospitals in Malé. In the case of serious illnesses or accidents in particular, an evacuation, e.g. to India or Sri Lanka (accessible within a few hours by scheduled flight) is usually necessary. Hyperbaric centers are currently located at Bandos Island Resort & Spa (North Malé Atoll), Kuramathi Island Resort (Rasdhoo Atoll), Kuredu Island Resort & Spa (Lhaviyani Atoll) and Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa (Addu- Atoll).

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office Health Insurance - Abroad offers detailed information.
  • Take sufficient amounts of medication you take regularly with you and have your doctor certify the necessity in English for you to enter the country. Instructions for an individual first-aid kit are provided in the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you travel, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical medicine specialists or travel medicine specialists and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • Despite the best possible efforts, the medical information is always only an offer of advice. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations "Al Qaeda" and "Islamic State" (IS) have been threatening with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of terrorist acts of violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illnesses or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.