HPA releases list of islands with COVID-19 positivity rate 5% and above

People wait in line to board boats out of Male' City on April 15, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has released the list of islands with a COVID-19 positivity rate of five percent and above.

The list includes the greater Male’ region and six additional islands – Lh. Naifaru, B. Maalhos, Th. Veymandoo, K. Huraa, K. Dhiffushi and ADh. Maamigili.

According to HPA’s guideline on easing travel restrictions with vaccination, travel without quarantine is permissible to islands where 60 percent of the population have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while travelers who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine can travel to islands where less than 50 percent of the population have completed the two doses without quarantine two weeks after they receive their second dose.

However, people traveling from an island with a positivity rate five percent or higher to other islands will require proof of a negative PCR test, as will children who are ineligible for the vaccine.

Travelers who have completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including tourists, no longer require proof of negative PCR test or need to undergo quarantine when entering Maldives.