The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has released revised COVID-19 guidelines for work permit holders and Maldivians returning to the country beginning July 26.
The announcement states that Maldivians and work visa holders returning to the country must have a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure. Moreover, those who have recovered from COVID-19 and have had 60 days since their positive test result, or people who have received necessary doses of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination 14 days before travelling for the Maldives, will be exempt from quarantine.
Furthermore, the HPA stated that children who cannot be vaccinated but accompany fully vaccinated people would be excused from quarantine, although they would still be needed to undergo a PCR test within 5 to 7 days of arrival in the country.
People who do not fit into any of the previously described categories will be forced to undergo a 14-day quarantine and present a negative PCR test before being released, according to the HPA.
The HPA also informed that travelers would still need to request permission before returning to the country via its dedicated COVID-19 portal, Haalubelun.