Fully-Vaccinated Tourists Permitted to Stay in Malé Guesthouses

PUBLISHED August 12, 2021 | updated August 12, 2021 01:42

On Wednesday (August 11), Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that fully-vaccinated tourists will now be allowed to check-in at guest rooms in the greater Malé zone.

In a guideline published on the same day, HPA stated that the guesthouses in residential islands are only authorized to check-in fully-vaccinated tourists who receive their last vaccine shot at the very least,14 days before departure.  

While tourists who have not fully-vaccinated are not allowed to stay in guesthouses on residential islands, as a new rule, the HPA said on Wednesday that exemptions will be granted provided the islands fulfill particular vaccine coverage criteria. They are as follows: 

·  60 percent of the island's total population must be completely vaccinated. 

·  95% of those working on the island that provides services to tourists must be completely vaccinated. 

·  Vaccination should be completed for 90% of the island's residents who are over the age of 65. 

Unvaccinated tourists who visit residential islands that fulfill vaccination coverage standards are required to have a PCR test seven days after their arrival. 


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