The Maldives had turn out to be a favorite vacationer vacation spot for Indian travellers, together with Bollywood stars, previously few months. Nonetheless, in a brand new improvement on Wednesday, the island nation has banned vacationers from India and different South Asian international locations.
As a precautionary measure, the Maldives immigration launched a press release saying that the nation is quickly suspending entry for vacationers from South Asian international locations, efficient from Could 13, 2021. “All classes of visa holders originating from South Asian international locations at the moment are quickly restricted to enter the Maldives, till additional discover,” the assertion mentioned.
Momentary suspension for vacationers and all different classes of visa holders originating from South Asian international locations.
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— Maldives Immigration (@ImmigrationMV) Could 11, 2021
This isn’t the primary time that the Maldives has restricted vacationers travelling from India. In the event you keep in mind, final month, the Ministry of Tourism issued a directive banning Indian travellers. It additionally sparked a meme fest on Twitter as social media customers trolled Bollywood celebrities as a result of most of them had visited the Maldives as quickly as just a few journey restrictions had been lifted amid the pandemic.
So, what has modified now?
MALDIVES RESTRICTIONS THEN AND NOW
The brand new assertion launched by Maldives Immigration applies to travellers from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Moreover, in response to the authorities, this additionally applies to travellers who’ve transited in South Asian international locations for the previous 14 days.
These new guidelines quickly suspending visa holders from South Asia to enter the Maldives will even impression flights between India and the Maldives. The official Twitter account of the Excessive Fee of India within the Maldives requested Indian vacationers already within the island nation to make the mandatory journey preparations to return to India.
Earlier, the Maldives had restricted Indian vacationers from staying at vacationer services on inhabited islands. The order got here into power on April 27.
With impact from 27 April @HPA_mv suspends vacationers travelling from #India to #Maldives from staying at vacationer services in inhabited islands. We thanks for the help in our endeavour to make tourism most secure doable with minimal inconvenience.
— Ministry of Tourism (@MoTmv) April 25, 2021
For the uninitiated, the Maldives archipelago is a set of greater than a thousand islands in the midst of the Indian Ocean. So, this wasn’t a blanket ban on Indian vacationers. As a substitute, it was only a restriction wherein folks weren’t allowed to remain at services on the inhabited islands. This meant that the restriction would have an effect on solely those that would have visited these islands.
Nonetheless, leisure travellers like B-town celebs, who deal with the seaside vacation spot as their go-to paradise, don’t stay on the inhabited island. Their keep is usually on uninhabited islands which have one devoted resort. And due to this fact, the brand new rule hardly affected their journey plans no matter the pandemic.
However with the brand new guidelines coming into impact from Could 13, all travellers is not going to be allowed to go to the island nation.
The one exemption underneath the brand new guidelines might be utilized to healthcare professionals with legitimate work permits. “Healthcare professionals are required to carry a PCR unfavourable end result with a pattern taken 96 hours previous to their departure to the Maldives and endure dwelling quarantine for 14 days. Additionally they require a unfavourable PCR take a look at end result earlier than they’re launched from quarantine (sic),” the Maldives immigration web site said.
India, presently reeling from the lethal second wave of Covid-19, has recorded 3,48,421 new instances and 4,205 deaths within the final 24 hours.
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