Outbound travelers from Male’ City mandated PCR testing

People pictured near the jetty of the capital Male' City as they prepare to depart to their islands. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has mandated PCR testing for all outbound travelers from Male’ City.  In this regard, those traveling from Male’ are once again required to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior.

An announcement signed by Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru publicized this evening – read that HPA has previously stated that should positivity rate in Male’ area exceeds five percent, outbound travelers from Male’ area will be mandated PCR testing.

The announcement further stressed that COVID-19 cases in the Male’ area has recently hiked – with the positivity rate from the test samples taken having increased to five percent.

Therefore, HPA said that if 14 days have passed since the second shot for individuals who are fully vaccinated traveling out of Male’ area – they will be required to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior.

In addition to this, those who are not fully vaccinated will be mandated to undergo a quarantine period of 14 days – after which they must undertake a PCR test.

Should the result of this PCR test be positive – they must remain in quarantine until full recovery.

HPA has advised taking strict safety measures in light of the rapid spread of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, across the world.