Maafushi and Gulhi under monitoring!

Kaani Beach Hotel Maafushi | Photo: Travel Connection Maldives

K. Atoll, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) stated today that popular budget tourism islands, K. Maafushi and K. Gulhi have been placed under monitoring.

HPA stated that the islands were placed under monitoring after recording positive cases, and that there will be no travel in and out of both of the islands. HPA added that the monitoring status will be lifted after contact tracing and sampling is done.

Maafushi, local located in the south Male atoll, is one of the first islands opened for local tourism in 2010. Maafushi Island is the center of budget tourism in the country and has a number of popular guesthouses for tourists.

Gulhi is located in South Malé, near Maafushi and is also one of the most visited tourist island. During peak seasons, Gulhi hosts thousands of tourists in the many guesthouses. A stay in Gulhi island provides a truly cultural Maldivian holiday experience.

Tourists who arrive in Maldives with proof of vaccination, after two weeks of completed vaccination doses are exempted from requiring a negative PCR test result to enter the Maldives.

All other travellers excluding Maldives citizens, must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result, conducted within 96 hours prior to departure. Travellers are also requested to complete the online Immigration and Health self‑declaration form within 24 hours prior to arrival.

Almost 90% of the tourism sector employees of Maldives have been vaccinated, while the tourism ministry is also preparing on vaccinating tourists on their arrival to Maldives.