HPA

144 islands eligible for travel without PCR test

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that 144 islands are now eligible to be traveled to without a PCR test after 12 more islands meet the vaccination limit set by HPA.

With the initial spread of COVID-19 in the country, a mandatory 14-day quarantine was set for those traveling between the islands. Then, with the COVID vaccination program, those who have completed two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were allowed to travel without having to quarantine of they have a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old.

However, on 1 September, it was announced that those who have completed two doses of the vaccine can travel to the islands with over 90 percent vaccinated population without having to quarantine or requiring a negative PCR test.

An island is eligible in this criteria if 90 percent of the island's population over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated along with 90 percent of the population over the age of 65 are fully vaccinated as well. And if guest houses are operated on the island, 95 percent of the workers have to be fully vaccinated as well.

The 12 new islands eligible for travel without PCR test are:

  • H.A. Hoarafushi
  • H.A. Molhadhoo
  • H.A. Filladhoo
  • H.A. Thiraakunu
  • Sh. Milandhoo
  • N. Fohdhoo
  • A.A. Maalhos
  • A.Dh. Hanyameedhoo
  • A.Dh. Fenfushi
  • A.Dh. Mandhoo
  • L. Fonadhoo
  • L. Dhanbidhoo