Maldives lifts Covid-19 restrictions

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The Maldives lifted a two-year state of public health emergency on Sunday (13 March) and scrapped travel restrictions and mask mandates.

Regardless of vaccination status, tourists and citizens are no longer required to present a negative PCR test result before arrival or departure. Unvaccinated travellers will no longer be required to quarantine. But all passengers are required to submit an online health declaration within 48 hours of flight time.

Mask wearing will not be mandatory on islands without a coronavirus outbreak. But a face mask must still be worn in health facilities and on islands where 20% or more of samples test positive. Masks wearing is advised or recommended in crowded places and confined indoor spaces.

The measures were revoked after a large percentage of the public – including 100% of border control staff and 98% of resort workers – were fully vaccinated. The daily case count has been steadily falling after a surge in January driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant. Despite more than 10,000 active cases, only four patients with Covid-19 are presently in hospitals across the country.