The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has issued amended COVID-19 guidelines for tourists staying in guesthouses on inhabited islands beginning July 26.
The HPA announced that fully vaccinated travellers would be allowed to stay in guesthouses on residential islands 14 days after their second dosage. Furthermore, children who cannot be vaccinated but accompany fully vaccinated travellers would be permitted to remain in guesthouses.
In addition, the HPA stated that travellers must submit a negative PCR test 72 hours before departing for the Maldives and before checking into guesthouses on residential islands.
The HPA further stated that tourists who have not gotten two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination will be allowed to stay in guesthouses provided the island meets the following criterias:
- Fully vaccinated population of 60%.
- 95% of guesthouse staff fully vaccinated.
- 90% of people over the age of 65 fully vaccinated.
According to the HPA, 14 days must have passed from the completion of the required dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to meet the criterion of fully vaccinated.
Furthermore, the HPA stated that the new COVID-19 guidelines may be updated dependent on the situation in the tourist’s home country.