Travel restrictions to southern African countries due to Omicron variant

Due to the identification of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, entry will be suspended for the travelers traveling from the following countries, effective from 28th November 2021.

  1. South Africa
  2. Botswana
  3. Namibia
  4. Zimbabwe
  5. Mozambique
  6. Lesotho
  7. Eswatini

Entry restriction also applies to the travelers who have been to these countries during the past 14 days. Additionally, travelers who have transited in these countries for more than 12 hours before traveling to the Maldives falls to this category as well.

Maldivian citizens and work permit holders traveling from these countries (including those who have transited in these countries for more than 12 hours before traveling to the Maldives) are required to quarantine for 14 days. They will be tested for COVID-19 after the quarantine period and will be released following a negative PCR test result.

Travelers who have begun their journey to the Maldives when these restrictions were executed and who have already arrived in the Maldives from these countries within the past 14 days, are required to follow the mentioned procedures;

  1. Do an instant PCR test.
  2. Travelers who intends to stay for a longer period (more than 14 days) in the Maldives must do a PCR test after 14 days from arrival.
  3. Travelers staying for less than 14 days in the Maldives must do a PCR test before departure (if three days have passed after the instant sampling).

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