Quarantine duration shortened to 10 days in Maldives

Rapid Response Team (RRT) operates in the streets of Male' City to conduct COVID-19 tests on May 28, 2020 | Photo: Fayaz Moosa

Male’, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that the government has decreased the travel related quarantine period in the country from fourteen to ten days.

According to the statement released by HPA, with the exception of tourists, all international travelers, and those traveling from Male’ to atolls, as well as from resorts and islands with operational guesthouses would be required to undergo a mandator ten day quarantine period instead of the standard fourteen days.

It was also noted that this would be implemented from 4th December onwards and that anyone in quarantine prior to this date would be required to complete the fourteen day period.

In addition to this, it was highlighted that this only applies to travel related quarantines and not those required due to coming into a contact with a positive individual or that due to testing positive for the Covid-19 virus, who would still be required to complete all fourteen days prior to being tested and then released if negative.

Further, the statement instructed that individuals traveling from Male’ to atolls for necessary purposes such as projects and provision of services will now be able to travel after presenting a Covid-19 negative test which has been administered not prior to 72 hours before travel. Any such costs must be borne by the traveler, or the company in charge of the travelers, read the HPA notice.

Currently there are a total of 1,027 active cases of Covid-19, out of a total of 13,049 cases which were recorded in the country since the country recorded its first case. Over the course of this duration, 11,968 patients have made a full recovery, while 47 lives were unfortunately lost.