Fully Vaccinated Tourists Allowed to Stay at Male’ Guesthouses

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to check-in to guesthouses in the greater Male’ region, as the Maldivian capital has not yet met its vaccination targets.

In a guideline publicised on Wednesday morning, HPA announced that only fully vaccinated tourists who received their last vaccine dose at least 14 days before, will be allowed to check-in to guesthouses on inhabited islands.

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HPA considers a ‘full vaccination’ to be two doses of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine; 14 days must have also passed after the administration of the second dose.

Tourists who are not fully vaccinated are prohibited from checking in to guesthouses in residential islands as a general rule. However, exemptions will be allowed if respective islands meet specific vaccination targets. They are:

  • 60 percent of the total population in the island must be fully vaccinated
  • 95 percent of people in the island involved in providing services to tourists must be fully vaccinated
  • 90 percent of people above the age of 65 years in the island must be vaccinated

Additionally, unvaccinated tourists who travel to residential islands that meet the vaccination targets must get a PCR test done 7 days from the date of their check-in.

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