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Planning to visit Maldives? Read about these new travel plans in place in the archipelago

Travelling to the land of islands has become easier and safer, provided a few key points are met

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
April 23, 2021 7:10:34 pm
Maldives, India to Maldives, travelling to Maldives, ease of travel restrictions in Maldives, things to know before going to Maldives, vaccine travel, indian express newsIn a press release, the government of Maldives made known its decision to ease certain travel restrictions, effective April 20, 2021, until further notice. (Photo: Pixabay)

After it was announced that Maldives — in an effort to boost its tourism sector — will be rolling out COVID-19 vaccine for tourists, as part of its ‘3V’ tourism (‘visit’, ‘vaccinate’, ‘vacation’), the South Asian archipelago made public its plans to further ease travel restrictions.

In a press release, the government of Maldives made known its decision to ease certain travel restrictions, effective April 20, 2021, until further notice, given the below conditions are met:

1. Travel quarantine will be exempted for all individuals, if 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 Organization (WHO).

2. If 60 per cent of the island population (including tourist resort/guesthouse and hotel islands) have not completed two doses, travel quarantine exemption can be exercised if the individual travelling has completed the two doses of any Covid-19 vaccine recognised by the WHO, two weeks prior to said travel. The following conditions, however, will apply:

– 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.

– A negative PCR test will be required for accompanying children who are not eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine.

3. 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.

Travellers (work permit holders) arriving to the Maldives to work in any of the below mentioned areas 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 Maldives. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the individual will be required to take a PCR test upon arrival.

1. Individuals working in any form of healthcare facility

2. Individuals working in any form of daycare centers.

3. Individuals working in any educational institution.

4. Individuals working in any residential care facilities.

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