Covid-19 test not necessary to travel for short time period from Male’

Malé City streets after Covid-19 protective measures were eased. | Photo: Mihaaru.

Male’, Maldives – The Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced that citizens traveling from Male’ to the atoll of Maldives for a short time period are no longer required to present a negative Covid-19 test.

According to the new amendment made by HPA, from today onwards, citizens are no longer mandated to present a PCR test negative PCR test prior to 72 hours if they have to take an emergency short term trip to an atoll of Maldives.

Along with this, HPA has also given permission to go to the atolls of Maldives from Male’ without having to go through the mandatory quarantining to only the people who are in need of doing services in the atolls or for those who need to do projects in atolls.

HPA also said that all Maldivians who arrive in the Maldives from abroad and the people who arrive in the Maldives under work visas must provide a negative PCR test that was done at least 96 hours prior to departure to avoid mandatory quarantining. However, HPA said that this does not apply to infants before the age of one.

In addition to this, HPA also changed another rule to allow locals and expatriates to visit resorts in the Maldives if they have a negative PCR test for Covid-19.

lthough the number of confirmed cases increased by a great extend, over the past months the number has been gradually decreasing as the peak appears to have tipped for the better. In addition to this, the number of recoveries in Maldives has also increased by a great extent.

The latest Covid-19 statistics of the country show that there were only 13 new cases recorded in the country, with a total of 13,392 cases of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country so far. 12,760 recoveries have also been recorded in the Maldives since the initial outbreak.