PCR testing no longer required to travel within Maldives

PCR testing for COVID-19 is no longer required to travel within the Maldives.

The Maldives' COVID-19 guidelines were updated on Sunday after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih lifted the State of Public Health Emergency declared in the Maldives after two years.

The new guidelines allow unvaccinated arrivals in the Maldives to forego quarantine. PCR testing is no longer required for both unvaccinated and unvaccinated locals and foreigners to travel within the Maldives, which also lifts quarantine requirements for unvaccinated travelers. However, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said it is advisable for arrivals in the Maldives to undergo PCR testing between three and five days after arriving in the Maldives and antigen testing for arrivals with symptoms of COVID-19.

HPA also lifted the mask mandate across the Maldives but advised to continue wearing masks as a precaution in risky situations. However, if the positivity rate increases above 20 percent in any island, wearing masks will be mandatory, HPA said.