Locals banned from visiting tourist facilities

Ministry of Tourism has prohibited locals from travelling to tourist facilities in the Maldives until further notice. The ministry said the measure has been taken to ensure local communities are safe amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The government reopened the borders of the Maldives for tourists on July 15. Under the safety guidelines from the Health Protection Agency (HPA), tourists can only stay in one single facility during their stay in the Maldives and travel from one facility to another has been prohibited. Further, tourists arriving to the Maldives to stay in liveaboards will only be allowed to stay on the vessel during their visit to the country.

Additionally, as a safety measure, the HPA has directed staff working in resorts to stay in quarantine for a period of 14-days once they travel to inhabited islands.