HPA eases travel, quarantine restrictions for Covid-19 recoveries

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

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has released the easement protocols for those who have recovered from Covid-19.

Referring to reinfection data, residents of Maldives who have recovered from Covid-19 do not have to observe isolation, quarantine regardless of their contact status and while travelling with a Covid-19 positive case. This is effective upto 60 days from the first day of having a sample taken.

The guidelines also state that once a Covid-19 patient has stopped being symptomatic, there is no need for further testing up to 60 days. However, if said individuals are symptomatic again after direct contact with a new positive case within 14 days, a PCR test is required.

These guidelines are not applicable to arrivals into Maldives from abroad.

In addition to this, the following easements are to be implemented in the capital city from 1st July onwards.

  • Cafés and restaurants are to commence dine in services.
  • Curfew changed from 8pm – 4am.
  • All businesses can operate during non-curfew hours.
  • Mosques may hold congregated prayer with social distancing.
  • Permits are not required during non-curfew hours.

Maldives recently saw the biggest wave of Covid-19 to have hit the country since the pandemic began with record number of daily cases. Alarmingly, the most recent case numbers indicate a higher positive rate in the islands while capital city Malé recovers. The numbers have now slowly started to decrease and citizens are advised to strictly obey HPA guidelines and remain at home as much a possible.