Maldives does away with pre-departure RT-PCR test for fully jabbed international arrivals

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NEW DELHI: Maldives, that emerged as a big destination for Indians during the pandemic, will no longer require a negative RT-PCR test result from fully vaccinated international arrivals.
Children (above one year of age) who are not eligible for vaccination and travellers who have not completed the prescribed dose(s) of a Covid-19 vaccine will still be required to present a negative PCR upon arrival to Maldives, for which the sample for the PCR is taken at most 96 hours before the departure from the first port of embarkation.
All inbound international travellers still need to complete the traveller health declaration form within 48 hours of their flight.
Think Strawberries, that represents Maldives Marketing and PR Corp in India, said in a statement: “From March 5, 2022… passengers entering Maldives are no longer required to present a PCR negative test result upon arrival if they have completed the prescribed dose(s) of an (approved) Covid-19 vaccine… and at least 14 days have passed since. (Booster dose(s) are not required to be eligible for this exemption). Tourists who spend their holiday in tourist facilities in inhabited islands are no longer required to do a PCR test when departing from respective inhabited islands.”
“Additionally, children (above one year) who are not eligible for vaccination and individual(s) who have not completed the prescribed dose(s) of a Covid-19 vaccine, will still be required to present a negative PCR upon arrival to Maldives, for which the sample for the PCR is taken at most 96 (ninety-six) hours before the departure from the first port of embarkation,” it added.
India has been one of the biggest source market for international tourists in Maldives since Covid breakout.
“As of March 6, 2022, India is one of the top source markets for Maldives and ranks number three in terms of tourist arrivals by welcoming over 29,643 travellers from the country. India was the largest market in 2021 with over 278,740 travellers and a market share of 22.6%. Similarly, India was the largest market in 2020 with an arrival figure of 62,960 and a market share of 11.3%,” the statement added.

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