- Reviewed: 3 February 2021, 14:09 NZDT
- Still current at: 25 September 2021
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We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.
The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.
Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.
Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.
We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.View Larger Map Close/Open map
Demonstrations and protests have occurred on Malé Island. Further demonstrations are possible in the capital Malé. In the past, some demonstrations have resulted in violence between police, military and demonstrators.
New Zealanders travelling to Malé Island are advised to exercise increased caution, particularly at night, and avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning. We recommend monitoring local media to stay informed of developments and adhering to any restrictions or instructions issued by the local authorities.
There is an underlying threat of terrorism in Maldives. Public places, including tourist locations, could be targeted.
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pickpocketing occurs in Maldives. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to secure their personal belongings. Gang and drug-related violence has also occurred in the past. Exercise caution and remain vigilant.
General travel advice
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment.
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious, social and cultural traditions in Maldives to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.
The importation of alcohol into Maldives is illegal, as is the consumption of alcohol (unless at a resort island).
New Zealanders travelling or living in Maldives should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Maldives are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand High Commission Singapore, Singapore is accredited to Maldives
Street Address 1 George Street, Level 21-04, Singapore 049145 Telephone +65 6235 9966 Fax +65 6536 8180 Email https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/asia/singapore/new-zealand-high-commission-singapore/ Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/singapore Hours Reception/Consular hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300hrs. Office hours Mon - Fri 0830-1700
See our regional advice for South Asia
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Accredited New Zealand High Commission Singapore
1 George Street, Level 21-04, Singapore 049145
Telephone: +65 6235 9966
Fax: +65 6536 8180
Hours: Reception/Consular hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300hrs. Office hours Mon - Fri 0830-1700