Maldives has announced a temporary suspension of tourist visas for travellers coming from South Asian countries including India. This decision will come into effect from 13th May 2021.
Maldives Tourism Board tweeted:
Countries other than India include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
With this decision, all categories of visa holders originating from South Asian countries are now temporarily restricted to enter the island nation, until further notice, states an official release by Maldives Immigration.
In addition to this, the change also applies to travellers who have been in or transited through these countries in the last 14 days. However, healthcare professionals with valid work permits are exempted from this restriction. They need to hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test result with a sample taken 96 hours prior to their departure and undergo home quarantine for 14 days. They will also require a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before they are released from quarantine.
Maldives Immigration further added:
All inbound travellers from other countries/regions are obliged to hold a PCR negative result with a sample taken 96 hours prior to their departure from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives, effective from May 13, 2021, even if vaccinated.