US advises citizens against travel to Maldives

Tourists arriving in Maldives. | Photo: PSM News.

Malé, Maldives – The United States of America has advised their citizens to refrain from travelling to the Maldives, amid the worsening pandemic in the popular tourist destination.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an advisory stating that Maldives is currently facing the worst level of covid levels and has advised that travelers should avoid all travel to Maldives.

“Because of the current situation in  Maldives even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Maldives” stated CDC on their website.

If travel is necessary to Maldives, the CDC advised residents to get fully vaccinated before travel. They further asked all travelers to wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands.

While Maldives was classified as a low covid risk country previously, the CDC has elevated the risk level to level 4 : Very High. This is expected greatly reduce the number of possible tourists from the 4th highest tourist market to the Maldives.

Travel to India has also been advised against, following the country’s rapid decline due to a second wave of Covid-19. The country reported a record 412,262 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday and 3,980 virus-related deaths, the health ministry said. India accounted for nearly half of all reported Covid infections across the world last week, and a quarter of all deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 33,368 out of which 25,675 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 6, 2021 with 7,607 active cases.

Since the country recorded its first case of Covid-19, Maldives has reported 78 deaths in connection to Covid-19. The deceased are 70 Maldivian nationals, 6 Bangladeshi nationals, a Filipino national and two Indian nationals.