Tourism Ministry reminds tourist facilities to follow Covid-19 SOP

Paddling is offered by the guesthouse | Photo: 3S

Male’, Maldives – The Ministry of Tourism of Maldives has sent out a notice to all tourist facilities operating in the country to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set out regarding Covid-19.

The notice, signed by the Senior Policy Director of the Ministry, Ibrahim Farhad read that while the Ministry acknowledges that most of the tourist facilities are adhering to the SOPs and guidelines set forth by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), and the Ministry of Tourism, it has come to the attention of the Ministry that some facilities fail to comply with these SOPs and guidelines.

It highlighted and stressed that as these SOPs and guidelines are set forth in consultation with industry stakeholders solely for the safety of staff, tourists and the entire community, compliance is of utmost importance.

“Hence, if any facilities violate these SOPs and guidelines, the MInistry may have to suspend the permit to operate without an advance notice. Furthermore, any and all expenses and losses that may arise due to such suspension of operation, has to be borne by the facility.” The statement read.

Since 17th of July, Maldives has started welcoming tourists into the country after a three month long lock down. Since then tourists facilities recommencing operations across the country has increased gradually, and the country has welcomed more than 40,000 tourists.

Currently, all tourists arriving into the Maldives must register with the Maldives Immigration prior to their arrival, as well as present a PCR negative test which has been taken with in the timeframe of 96 hours prior to the arrival in Maldives.