Maldives has temporarily halted the issuance of tourist visas to visitors from South Asia.
This includes tourists from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has today tightened the restrictions following a surge in daily COVID-19 infections.
The HPA announced that tourist visas will be temporarily halted for visitors from South Asian Countries from 13th May onwards.
In addition, all inbound travelers, including those who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, must present a negative PCR test result obtained within the previous 96 hours.
The new restrictions announced by HPA will come into effect starting tomorrow for a week.
The new restrictions are:
- Restaurants and cafes are only permitted to open for delivery and takeout.
- Deliveries are allowed with a police permit until midnight.
- Congregational prayers at mosques temporarily stopped.
- Businesses that do not follow the rules will be shut down for 24 hours.
According to data from the HPA, the country’s total number of active Covid-19 cases has reached 10, 376, with 87 deaths.