Month: July 2020

Government Puts Off Reopening of Guesthouses

The Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen states the Government intends to delay reopening of guesthouses in the Maldives to September 2020. In response to this decision, Guesthouse Association of Maldives (GAM) and several guesthouse owners has expressed concern over incurring possible losses for cancellation of bookings which have already been made after the initial reopening …

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Update On the Guideline for Travel Between Islands

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has released a newly updated guideline to be followed when traveling between islands to provide essential services and for project works. The purpose of the guideline is to set out preventive measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in the islands. The guideline further provides the scope of services covered under …

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Update on Guideline for Home Quarantine Procedure

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has updated the guideline on home quarantine procedure for those who are returning to the Maldives from abroad and traveling to other islands from Male’. This guideline applies to all Maldivians, work permit holders and dependents of work permit holders returning to the Maldives. Further stipulated in the guideline are …

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Covid Extension for Resort Construction Periods

Many a developer involved in the construction of Maldives resort properties recently suffered project delays due to Covid-related lockdowns, shutdowns and interruptions. More often than not, construction and development of a tourist resort happens with a combination of certain key factors: money, resources and time. Any unwelcome time lags in a construction project of a …

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Expiration of Employment Approvals Granted to Expatriates

In consideration of the traveling restrictions imposed due to Covid-19, the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) has extended the due date of Employment Approvals granted on 01 December 2019, to 90 days from 15 July 2020 onward. Additionally, the Ministry announces that the requirement on obtaining a special permit during the lock-down period for expatriates …

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Maldives Opens Its Borders

After a months-long standstill, Maldives tourism industry has officially reopened today with extensive safety measures in place. The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), along with Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC) and Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), have released a joint press statement commemorating this occasion and welcoming all tourists. This morning, the first commercial flight …

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