If you have been planning to travel to the Maldives anytime soon, you must know about this new policy update for a smooth entry to the island nation. The Maldives has now declared it essential for all travellers to present a COVID-19 negative test report upon arrival, and it’s already in effect since September 10. By Kumar Shree
Within just two months of reopening its borders for international travellers, the Ministry of Tourism for the Maldives has once again updated the nation’s tourism policy to prevent any new cases of Coronavirus. As per the new policy, those arriving at Male International Airport must first present a COVID-19 negative test report, taken not more than 72 hours prior to the departure.
“For the safety of all, HPA Maldives has made it mandatory, with effect from 10th September, for all tourists and short term visitors to present a Negative PCR certificate on arrival in #Maldives. The said PCR test must be conducted within a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure to #Maldives,” Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism said in a tweet.
The Maldives reopened its borders for tourists on July 15, after undergoing a lockdown of 110 days. Until the latest update, travellers were allowed to enter the country just by submitting a health declaration form, at least 24 hours before their arrival. The new update was put into place after it registered a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Since most resorts in the Maldives have their own islands, authorities have allowed them to devise individual rules. However, there are some general rules that all properties must adhere to, such as having a medical professional capable of taking COVID-19 samples for testing.
While there has been no confirmation about this, but some reports also suggest that travellers can now spend their time at two different resorts during the course of their stay, which was earlier restricted to a single resort only.