Tourism Ministry suspends another guesthouse in Malé

View of Male City from the rooftop of Dharumavantha Hospital. | Photo: MIHAARU

Malé, Maldives — Tourism Ministry of Maldives suspended the license of another guesthouse in the Capital Malé city this Sunday, for failing to comply with Covid-19 guidelines in accommodating tourists from South Asia.

As a protective measures against Covid-19, Maldives initially halted issuing visa for South Asian tourists. However, a green light was announced for South Asian tourists to enter the Maldives from July 15, 2021 onwards, only with the terms that they must stay in resorts and are only allowed to transit in guesthouses in the greater Male’ region for maximum 48 hours.

Tourism Ministry informed that they suspended the license of another guesthouse on Sunday following the ongoing inspection for compliance of accommodating tourists arriving from South Asia and adherence to Covid protocols.

Three guesthouses in Hulhumalé were also suspended this week for the same reason while three other Guesthouse Operators in the Greater Male’ Area were let off with a warning.

While South Asian tourists can also accommodate in guesthouses from August onwards, the Government of Maldives is working on vaccinating atleast 95% of the guesthouse employees and 60% population of the islands with guesthouses by the end of this month.