Maldives revises guidelines for international arrivals

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has updated its guidelines such that arrivals in the Maldives are required to present a negative PCR test not older than 96 hours upon their arrival in the Maldives.

A directive signed by the Director-General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru, said the agency is taking further steps to ensure public safety with the emergence of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in several countries.

In this regard, those arriving in the Maldives must present a negative PCR test taken not more than 96 hours prior to the time of departure from the first port of embarkation en route to the Maldives. Infants aged less than one year are exempted from the testing requirement.

Additionally, all arrivals in the Maldives, except tourists, will be required to undergo PCR testing between three and five days from their arrival. Unvaccinated locals and work permit holders will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine and will be released after a negative PCR test result is obtained following completion of quarantine.