Health Alert for Maldives – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (April 20, 2020)

Location:  Maldives

Event:  COVID-19 in Maldives. New information is listed in Recent Updates.

Recent Updates:

  • Qatar Airlines has scheduled a commercial flight departing April 21, 2020. Travelers are required to provide additional details to the Maldivian authorities before traveling to the airport; see below for more details.
  • Malé is currently under curfew, due to newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. Maldives has reported 52 confirmed cases.

Departure on Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airlines has scheduled a commercial flight departing April 21, 2020 and has created a dedicated email address for bookings: CMB-resv@lk.qatarairways.com. This is the only known passenger flight scheduled to depart from Maldives at this time. If you wish to depart on this flight, please book directly with Qatar Airways.

Then, please make sure that both Maldives Ministry of Tourism (smu@tourism.gov.mv) and the U.S. Embassy Colombo (ColomboACS@state.gov) have the following information to allow movement to the airport:

  1. Name
  2. Passport number
  3. Contact phone
  4. Physical location
  5. Details of transfer to Velana International Airport

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.

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.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

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