The Government of Maldives has announced its decision to ease certain travel restrictions, given the following conditions are fulfilled:
a) All individuals, travelling to an island where 60 per cent of the island population (including tourist resort/guesthouse and hotel islands) have completed the two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), are exempted from travel quarantine.
b)In case 60 per cent of the island population (including tourist resort/guesthouse and hotel islands) have not completed two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, then travel quarantine exemption will be granted if the individual travelling has completed the two doses of any Covid-19 vaccine recognised by the WHO, two weeks prior to said travel.
However, the following conditions will apply — a) a negative PCR test will be required if the individual is travelling from an island with a sample positivity rate of more than 5 per cent b) a negative PCR test will be required for accompanying children who are not eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine.
c) Completion of 14 days after the second dose or the prescribed dose(s) of a vaccine that has been approved by the WHO, Emergency Use Listing (EUL) or the Maldives Food and Drug Authority, or any other competent authority of the respective countries.
However, travellers (work permit holders) arriving in the Maldives to work in any of the below-given sectors are required to present a PCR test for which the sample was taken within a maximum of 96 hours prior to their travel to the island nation. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the individual will be required to take a test upon arrival.
- Individuals working in any form of healthcare facility
- Individuals working in any form of Daycare centres
- Individuals working in any educational institution
- Individuals working in any residential care facilities
In the latest update, Maldives has announced a new travel protocol for travellers from India.