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Maldives removes travel restrictions

The Maldivian Government has declared that international travellers entering the Maldives will no longer be required to present a negative PCR test. The Ministry of Health also announced that the “health emergency” status declared two years ago has also been lifted.

The government also communicated that the mask mandate has been removed, but new rules must still be considered. Maldives’ president, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, explained: “Wearing masks is now optional, except in hospitals and health care centers, and should the COVID-19 positivity rate go above 20% in any island.”

The decision comes after the country managed to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 spread and 68% of the population is fully vaccinated. The President publicly thanked India for its support offering equipment, vaccinations, and medical attention.

Now the government is focusing on recovering the national tourism industry, whose revenues represent about 70% of Maldives’ GDP. President Solih also mentioned in his statement that the Maldives suffered losses of around US$ 4 billion during the pandemic.

(Travel Off Path)



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