The Maldivian government have held up a temporary travel ban on Italy following the outbreak of COVID-19 Corona Virus in Italy.
The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting chaired by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih tonight, which also included MNDF, Police and other relevant authorities.
Speaking during a press conference regarding the situation of Covid-19, Tourism Minister Ali Waheed stressed that all Italian nationals seeking to enter Maldives starting tomorrow will be barred and sent back. These include passengers who are flying direct as well as transit passengers.
He added that this was the safest option for the Maldives and that any decision needed to be taken for the safety of all Maldivians will be done so.
Italy is the hardest hit European country. So far 12 other nations have imposed a temporary travel ban on Italians amidst the global spread of the Coronavirus.
The tourism minister also added that he does not believe that the decision to ban Italian passengers is late and noted that so far Maldives have had zero confirmed cases of the Coronavirus due to the strong preventive measures taken by the state.
Maldives have so far banned passengers from four countries regarding the Coronavirus. These include China, Iran, South Korea as well Italy.