10 day quarantine mandated for all arrivals from abroad excluding tourists

HPA revised guidelines released last night:
- Mandatory 10 days quarantine for
arrivals, excluding tourists
- Negative PCR test done 96hrs period to departure for Maldivians and expat workers
- Malé placed on curfew from 1200hrs till 0400hrs
- Parties and events prohibited in Malé

Flights of various airlines seen at Velana International Airport apron | Photo: MACL

Male’, Maldives — The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has declared that upon arrival all individuals except tourists will have to go through a mandatory 10 day quarantine period in Maldives effective from 29th January onwards.

The initial rule released by the HPA stated that all Maldivians who arrive to Maldives from abroad and the people who arrive to Maldives under work visa must provide a negative PCR test that was done at least 96 hours prior to departure to avoid mandatory quarantining.

HPA has also reinstated the rule of having to quarantine if an individual travels from Male’ to the atolls of Maldives. HPA also stated that they have decided to put the greater Malé area on curfew from 1200hrs till 0400hrs starting from January 28th onwards.

In addition to this, HPA also instructed people to stop holding parties, events and ceremonies in the greater Male’ area.