Health Protection Agency (HPA) has made it mandatory for all tourists and short term visitors to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival to the Maldives.

According to a tweet by the tourism ministry, the decision was made to ensure the safety of everyone, and that it will come into effect on September 10, 2020. All other guidelines on entry and exit remain the same.

When the Maldives reopened its borders for international travel after a near three-month lockdown on July 15, visitors were not required to produce a negative PCR test result. This decision comes after Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom revealed that discussions were underway between the Ministry and Health Protection Agency for this arrangement.

Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom said, “Introducing such a measure will serve to highlight the safety of Maldives. We cannot afford to close our international border. We need to find a formula to adjust to this,”

The tourism ministry has also announced to reopening of guesthouses in residential islands for international tourists on October 15, 2020, and introduced ‘split stay’, which will allow tourists to visit multiple resorts during their stay.

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