Travel Alert: Maldives [Aug 6, 2021]

Travel Alert

Government officials have relaxed certain commercial and gathering restrictions nationwide starting Aug 6, 2021. Restaurants, cafes, and other eating establishments may provide dine-in services as well as takeaway and delivery services at normal hours. Offices may also resume normal operations and employees may work at the office. Additionally, officials have removed attendance restrictions for public gatherings and social events; participants are advised to follow safety guidelines, such as adhering to social distancing and wearing a facemask. Authorities plan to reopen government institutions and offices from Aug. 8

Authorities continue to enforce restrictions in Greater Male, which includes Male, Hulhumale, and Vilimale. Shops can operate through 22:00 nightly. Gathering caps are now increased to below 30 people nationwide. Fully vaccinated people can travel without quarantine to islands that are not under government monitoring and stricter curbs, such as a curfew; passengers can travel two weeks after they have completed their vaccinations. The list of islands under government monitoring is unclear.

Other domestic COVID-19 controls continue under the ongoing state of public emergency; the decree has undergone monthly extensions since March 2020. Residents over two years of age must wear facemasks in public places nationwide, except when exercising. Establishments must ensure sanitation and social distancing; violations are punishable by fines and closures for at least 24 hours. All vehicular movement is banned 00:01-04:00 nationwide; emergency and cargo vehicles are typically exempt. Passengers exiting the Greater Male area must undergo PCR tests no more than 72 hours before departure.

Authorities are monitoring and enforcing stricter rules in locations with increased COVID-19 activity. Officials typically suspend entry and exit and impose other measures, like daily curfews and limits for most nonessential businesses, in such areas for at least two weeks. Violations of restrictions are punishable by fines of up to MVR 5,000.

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