Arrivals from India to quarantine for 14 days

Arrivals terminal at Velana International Airport (VIA) | Photo: Sun / Fayaz Moosa

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) informs that Maldivians and work permit holders arriving from India have to observe a 14 day quarantine.

In a press conference held yesterday, Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) enhanced measures against Covid-19. Starting from tomorrow, May 5, Maldivians and work permit holders are to observe mandatory quarantine of 14 days.

Along with this, all the Maldivians citizens and Work Visa holders traveling from India to the Maldives are required to do a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and also undergo mandatory quarantine for ten days in their place of residency or work even if they are vaccinated. HPA stated that these people can also be released from quarantine after they present a negative PCR test result at the end of quarantine period. This does not include of children below the age of one.

Previously, HPA announced that from April 27, 2021 onwards, all individuals traveling from India to Maldives or travelers in transit for over 24 hours in India will have to present a negative PCR test result that was done 96 hours prior to departure to enter the Maldives even if they have fully administered the Covid-19 vaccine.

In addition to this, Indian tourists and other tourists who had transited in India for over 24 hours would not be allowed to stay at local guest houses or city hotels from April 27 onward until further announcements. However, those who already have made bookings will not be restricted within this rule.

HPA said that further measures will be taken if the Covid-19 situation worsens in the Maldives. Maldives is currently observing record numbers of Covid-19 cases.