TikaWeeks #11-2/2020: Maldives update

Posted by John on 11th March 2020

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, South Ari Atoll, Maldives

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated their official travel advice for Maldives last night and currently advise against all but essential travel to Kuredu, Vilemendhu (Vilamendhoo), Batalaa and Kuramathi Island Resorts, which have all been placed under temporary quarantine following suspected cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, we know from customers who were on ‘lock down’ on Vilamendhoo yesterday that the island has been released from quarantine today, which means that reports may be behind the times as the situation is fast moving. There are no current reports of issues with COVID-19 at Velana International Airport in Maldives or other island resorts. Please refer to the FCO website for Maldives for current official travel advice.

In Maldives, there have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. Please refer to the World Health Organization’s daily situation report for more updates.

On 27 February 2020, the Government of Maldives imposed a ban on all persons who have been in the last 14 days to Mainland China (not including Hong Kong), Iran, South Korea (North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang Provinces), Italy and Bangladesh from entering or transiting through Maldives. All passengers and airline crew must fill-in a Health Declaration Card and an Immigration Arrival Card before arriving in Maldives and undergo a screening procedure. Quarantine facilities have been set up to isolate any suspected cases. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities.

Passengers arriving by air from countries with a high incidence of coronavirus may be subject to additional health screening and a quarantine requirement if they are demonstrating symptoms.

You can find more information about cases in Maldives on the TravelHealthPro website

Further information on coronavirus, including advice on preparing for foreign travel and helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available from Public Health England and on the TravelHealthPro website.

The British government, through Public Health England, has produced an official guidance, “COVID-19: specified countries and areas with implications for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK”.

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