As the cases of coronavirus taken a big face in India, many countries have imposed restriction on arrival of Indians. Health Protection Agency (HPA) of Maldives also on Sunday announced travel restrictions on tourists from India.

As per Ministry of Tourism, the HPA has make a temporary ban on Indian tourists from checking in to hotels and guesthouses in residential Maldivian islands. The new restrictions take effect from Tuesday, April 27.

Maldives Ministry of Tourism said, "With effect from 27 April @HPA_mv suspends tourists travelling from #India to #Maldives from staying at tourist facilities in inhabited islands. We thank you for the support in our endeavour to make tourism safest possible with minimum inconvenience."

Protocals Imposed by Maldives

  • Tourists from India to the Maldives and those who have resided in India (including those who have spent over 24 hours in transit in India) are required to present proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 92 hours before when entering the Maldives. This implies on those also who have completed the process of vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Citizens of Maldives and work permit holders who arrive in the Maldives from India, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, are required to get a PCR test done within 24 hours upon arrival and undergo 10 days of quarantine. They will be released from quarantine once they test negative upon completion of the quarantine period. This does not include children under the age of 1 year.
  • Indian tourists are required to make a RT-PCR test prior to departure from the Maldives.
As tourists from India will no longer be permitted to check in to hotels and guesthouses in residential islands starting April 27 but those already checked in to hotels and guesthouses will be permitted to stay at such facilities for the duration they made their bookings till.

The latest restriction also does not apply to resorts and hotels located away from the local population.

The latest protocals come amid the huge surge in coronavirus cases in India. Many have called for the Maldives to suspend tourist arrivals from India until the outbreak is under control.

India has counted over 3.46 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
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