Inter-resort staff transfers must quarantine: Tourism Ministry

Oblu Select Sangeli resort in Maldives. | Photo via Invite To Paradise.

Individuals traveling from one resort to another must observe a 10 day quarantine as per the new directive of the Maldives Tourism Ministry, starting from January 19.

This new requirement is set in place to combat the rising numbers of Covid-19 positive cases in operational resorts. Previously, inter-resort staff transfers of resorts under the same management did not require to be quarantined.

Upon completion of the quarantine period, the staff must obtain a negative PCR test to join the workforce, under the new directive. This protective measure comes after Maldives welcomed 50,000 tourists in 2021.

Currently, there are only few restrictions for visitors entering the country, with just the requirement to produce a negative PCR test administered 96 hours prior to departure. However, authorities have made it mandatory for any one arriving from the UK to undergo a 10 day quarantine period, subject to a PCR test, given the current spread of a new Covid-19 variant in the region.