HPA announces special guidelines for South Asian travellers

Maldives Police Officer on traffic duty seen in full PPE kit amid Covid-19 | Photo: Hussain Waheed

Malé, Maldives – Director General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru has announced special guidelines for travellers from South Asia to Maldives.

The new guidelines imposed by Health Protection Agency (HPA) is due to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in Maldives and in the neighboring countries, with record number of daily cases recorded in the Maldives. The guidelines include restricting tourists arriving from South Asian countries and regions to travel to inhabited islands and restricting work permit holders from South Asian countries and regions coming to Maldives.

South Asian tourists are not prohibited from traveling to resorts.

These measures are to be implemented from 8th May onwards and exceptions to the restrictions would be for those allowed by HPA under special circumstances.

Maldives recorded the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since the pandemic hit the tiny island nation with 766 cases yesterday. With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 34,134 out of which 25,782 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 7, 2021.

While the country is currently going through one of the worst waves that has hit the country in terms of the pandemic, currently there are 205 patients receiving hospitalized care for the virus throughout the country. With majority of the hospitalized patients being in the capital, experts continuously reiterate the importance of taking preventive steps against Covid-19, such as maintaining adequate physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing hand hygiene.