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IF I TEST POSITIVE IN THE MALDIVES WHAT ARE THE QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS?

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We understand that you may worry about your health and safety when away from home, as well as the safety of the communities that you may be visiting in the Maldives. We aim to help you navigate complex and often confusing guidelines and regulations in order that you can make considered decisions, plan accordingly and help protect yourself and others.

The Maldives Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced the decision to cut quarantine time for both locals and tourists who test positive for COVID-19 as detailed below.

Isolation period for those identified as a positive case of Covid-19

1.1 Individual(s) who test positive and asymptomatic are required to be in Isolation for a period of 07 (seven) days from the date of sample collection. However, those who exhibit covid symptoms at the end of the isolation period specified are required to continue their isolation until 24 hours after symptoms have cleared.
1.2 All tourist facilities must ensure that the current practice of assessment by a doctor at the end of specified isolation period is recorded on the Release Summary Form. The said form must be filled and submitted to recovery@health.gov.mv by the property.

The above shall be applicable even if the individual(s) have not completed the prescribed dose(s) of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Quarantine duration for those identified as direct contacts

2.1 Individual(s) who are identified as a direct contact of a positive case and who have completed the prescribed dose(s) of a Covid-19 vaccine will have to undergo quarantine for a period of 10 (ten) days from the date of sample collection and can be released without a PCR test if the individual(s) do not exhibit any symptoms of Covid-19 at the end of the 10-day period.
2.2 However, the quarantine period specified in 2.1 will come to an end upon submission of a negative PCR test done at the end of FIFTH DAY of quarantine from the date the individual(s) were identified as a direct contact and quarantined.
2.3 The ease mentioned in 2.1 and 2.2 is strictly applicable for those direct contacts who are quarantined separately.
2.4 Children under 12 years of age or an individual who is not eligible for vaccination of a Covid-19 vaccine are placed under quarantine with a vaccinated individual who may avail the ease mentioned in 2.2, they may submit a special request for the release of the said child/individual (with an ID/Passport copy) via email to the healthy ministry contact provided.
2.5 Individual(s) who are identified as a direct contact of a positive case and who have not completed the prescribed dose(s) of a Covid-19 vaccine shall complete 14 (fourteen) days of quarantine followed by a negative PCR test result at the end of this quarantine period.

Please note that the eases mentioned under 2.1 and 2.2 can ONLY be exercised for those individual(s) who have completed the prescribed doses of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL) or the Maldives Food & Drug Authority and at least 14 (fourteen) days have passed after the administration of these prescribed dose(s).

We recommend that you also refer to the websites of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives for the most up to date travel information. We also advise to check your own home Foreign Office Travel Advice or seek consular assistance as part of your travel planning.

At Secret Paradise we have reviewed all our operational practices to ensure our guest’s comfort and safety. But without losing the memorable aspects of our experiences and service .

Want to find out how you can experience the Maldives in a safe and secure way? Take a visit to our website and select from tours, cruises and accommodation. Contact the Secret Paradise team to start your Maldives trip plan today!

For travel advice and information specific to local island guesthouses travel plans you can find details here.

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