Despite the opening of borders to South Asians, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that tourists from South Asia would not be permitted to stay in local island guesthouses.
The HPA stated earlier this month that the Maldives would resume welcoming South Asian tourists on July 15, with South Asian tourists permitted to stay at guesthouses on local islands after July 30.
However, the HPA declared today that, despite the opening of borders to tourists from South Asian countries, they would not be permitted to stay in guesthouses on residential islands.
According to the HPA, this new rule would not apply to travelers staying in guesthouses assigned by the tourism ministry for tourists transiting in Male’ City before departing for resorts.
The HPA noted that instructions for allowing tourists to visit guesthouses on residential islands would be announced before July 30.
Following an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Maldives imposed a temporary restriction on tourists from South Asian nations on May 13.