Travel without quarantine to be allowed from April 20

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has made changes to the travel restrictions and quarantine measures imposed due to COVID-19.

According to a directive signed and issued by the Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru, if 60 percent of the population of an island have completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccination, travel by all is allowed to that island without having to quarantine. If traveling to an island where 60 percent of the population is not fully vaccinated, travel without quarantine is allowed for individuals who have passed two weeks after completing full vaccination.

If traveling from an island with a sample positivity rate of 5 percent or more, a negative PCR test will be required. Accompanying children and those not eligible for vaccination will also require a negative PCR test.

According to HPA, travelers arriving in the Maldives, including tourists, do not need a negative PCR test result, and no quarantine is required if two weeks have passed after they received the second dose of vaccination. However, travelers arriving in the Maldives to work in health facilities, daycare centers, schools and residential care services will require a negative PCR test on arrival or after entering Maldives although two weeks have passed after completing vaccination.

The changes will become effective from April 20, 2021.