With the removal of the state of public health emergency today, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced major changes to the COVID-19 rules.
A PCR test will no longer be required for visitors arriving in the Maldives or for domestic trips, according to the revisions.
Aside from Maldivians and tourists, visa holders who resides in the nation are recommended to undergo a PCR test within 3 to 5 days of arrival, the HPA said. Additionally, travellers arriving in the nation who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to take an antigen test.
Furthermore, the HPA dropped the quarantine requirement for unvaccinated visitors coming in the country as well as for domestic journeys.
The HPA also abolished the obligation to wear a mask except in health facilities and on islands with a COVID-19 positive rate of more than 20%. However, the HPA still recommends that it be used, particularly for people displaying COVID-19 symptoms, around people at risk, and in big crowds.
In addition, the HPA stated that those who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts will still be required to self-isolate, quarantine, and undergo testing.