PCR test no longer required for fully vaccinated inbound travelers to Maldives

Tourists at Velana International Airport on July 19, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has amended regulations so that fully vaccinated inbound travelers to Maldives will no longer have to provide proof of PCR test.

The amendment to the regulations was disclosed in an announcement publicized by HPA today, signed by the Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakr.

The announcement read that from inbound travelers to the Maldives, individuals who have passed 14 days after receiving the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergency Use List or by Maldives Food and Drug Authority (MFDA), will no longer have to present proof of PCR test upon arrival.

In addition to this, the announcement also noted that tourists staying at guesthouse operational islands will no longer have to do PCR test before their departure from Maldives.

With the number of COVID-19 infections gradually decreasing, HPA has begun giving easements to restrictive measures enforced earlier at the onset of the Omicron wave which saw the number of daily cases exceeding 2000 on some days. 

In the last 24 hours, HPA announced 535 additional cases of COVID-19, increasing confirmed cases in Maldives to 171,649. 

Meanwhile, 479 additional COVID-19 patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 156,452.    

With the new developments, Maldives now has 14,887 active cases.      

There are 10 patients in hospitals.