In a move aimed at enhancing public health and bolstering disease prevention measures, President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has announced a comprehensive overhaul of the medical examination system for foreigners residing in the Maldives. This decision, following deliberations on a proposal from the Ministry of Health, marks a significant step in ensuring the well-being of both the foreign population and the local community.
Under the new mandate, foreigners, particularly those hailing from ‘endemic’ countries, are required to undergo regular on-arrival and annual medical check-ups. This obligation applies to long-term residents, including individuals with dependent visas, work visas, resident visas, student visas, corporate resident visas, and new applicants for marriage visas. The intensified medical scrutiny is designed to proactively address health concerns and mitigate the potential spread of diseases.
President Muizzu has decreed a reduction in the timeframe for medical examinations after arrival from 30 days to 15 days, streamlining the process for prompt health assessments. Additionally, the president has committed to a comprehensive revamp of the entire medical examination system for foreigners within the Maldives, with a targeted timeline of six months for completing examinations across the foreign population.
This proactive stance not only safeguards the health of foreigners in the Maldives but also serves as a crucial preventive measure against the resurgence of eradicated and controlled diseases in the country. President Muizzu’s decisive action underscores the government’s commitment to public health and underscores the importance of a robust medical screening process to ensure a healthy and secure living environment for all residents.