Health Alert for Maldives – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

June 26, 2020

Location:  Maldives  

Event:  COVID-19 in Maldives.  Updates are being sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in Recent Updates.

Recent Updates: 

– Sri Lankan Airlines is intermittently scheduling commercial flights from Male to Colombo approximately every two weeks.  The next scheduled flight is July 2, 2020. Interested travelers should contact the airlines directly at or +960 791 6779 for assistance.

– Maldives has reported the intention to open for tourism to resort islands on July 15, 2020 with approximately 50% of resorts opening and servicing by several airlines.  Please visit their immigration website for future updates and instructions for entry 

– Maldives has reported 2,261 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

– Maldives remains in a State of Public Health Emergency due to COVID.  

– The embassy advises those who wish to return to the United States to do so at the earliest possible opportunity.  American citizens who require assistance to leave Maldives are requested to fill out this information form to help the Embassy get in contact with you.  Note:  Waiting and expecting to rely on an evacuation flight is not the best strategy.  Evacuation flights are not free-of-charge.  Frequently, evacuation flights cost more than commercial air travel.

The Maldives Ministry of Health has established a website, COVID-19 Local Updates,  to track the status of the disease and provide updates.  Families of individuals who are currently in quarantine and isolation facilities may contact the following hotlines to get updates on their status: +960-7223541 and +960-7290223.  These hotlines are staffed from 9am to 11pm Maldives time and have English speakers. 

If an American Citizen is diagnosed with COVID-19, he or she is likely to be placed in mandatory quarantine in a local government hospital.  The Embassy is severely limited in its ability to visit individuals in Maldives.

On March 19, 2020, the Department of State issued a global Level 4 Health Advisory (Do Not Travel) advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  

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