Coronavirus Infections Spiking In The Maldives

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The Maldives was one of the first countries to reopen for international tourists and has kept its border open, hoping to stay afloat (highly dependent on tourism).

As the Covid-19 cases are spiking in India closely connected with the Maldives, the country is seeing very high infection rates currently. However, a significant percentage of the population has received the first dose.

You can access Visit Maldives here.

There are curfews in place in Male and other population centers, and you are not allowed to stay at several resorts during your visit without prior approval (I tend to stay at two or three when I visit the island nation).

The infection rate is dangerously high in the Maldives.

But a high percentage of the population has already received at least one dose.

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The country has reintroduced a negative Covid-19 PCR-RT test requirement for all arrivals, including those who have been vaccinated.

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Guests from Afganistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are not allowed to check in to hotels and guest houses in the inhabited islands. I would assume that staying in resorts that are primarily on their own islands is permitted.

Conclusion

If the infection rates are this high in Male, the employees working at the high-end resorts inevitably have a similar infection level. They also tend to live in very close quarters within the island (usually in the middle).

There are few exceptions to this for resorts close to Male and other islands from which the employees can commute daily.

Indians have been the most crucial segment of incoming guests representing 23% of them (escaping the covid chaos?).  I would say that looking at the case number in the Maldives, probably not the best time to visit.

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