South Asian tourists barred from entering Maldives

An Indian couple who visited Maldives during the Covid-19 pandemic seen at a resort | Photo: Preetha Manivelan

Malé, Maldives – Government of Maldives has announced that tourist visa would not be issued to travelers from South Asian countries.

In the new restrictions imposed by Hearth Protection Abench (HPA) to curb the spread of Covid-19, it has been announced that from May 13, 2021 onward, south Asian tourists would not be allowed in the island nation amid the increasing Covid-19 case.

This comes while government had announced earlier that work visa holders from South Asian countries would not be allowed in to Maldives until further notice. In addition to this, Indian travelers were barred from guest houses and local hotels before todays stricter restrictions were announced.

The stricter restrictions comes while Maldives recorded daily Covid-19 cases above 1,000 for past two days with 1,204 cases recorded yesterday. 

In the statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 1,204 cases, 961 were from the Malé area, while 235 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 08 cases from operational resorts which has brought up the total active cases in the country to 10,376.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 37,019 out of which 26,547 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 10, 2021.