Travelers from seven southern African nations have been banned from entering the Maldives amid concerns over the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced today.
South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini are the seven African countries that have been added to the travel restriction list.
Travelers who have resided in any of the seven nations 14 days before flying to the Maldives, or who have transited through those countries for more than 12 hours, would be barred from entering the Maldives, with an exception stated for Maldivian nationals and work visa holders.
But Maldivian nationals and work visa holders who fit those conditions must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival, the HPA said, with release authorized after 14 days if the PCR test is negative.
The HPA directed everyone who has entered the Maldives from the mentioned countries within the last 14 days to undergo a PCR test as soon as possible.
It also demanded another PCR test after 14 days for anyone who is already in the Maldives and intends to stay for more than 14 days, while those who plan to leave in less than 14 days must produce a PCR test result that is no more than three days old before departure.