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

July 23, 2020

Location:  Maldives  

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

Recent Updates:

Maldives Ministry of Health has reported 3,103 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Maldives opened for tourism to some resort islands on July 15, 2020.  Please visit their immigration website for future updates and instructions for entry  

Sri Lankan Airlines is intermittently scheduling commercial flights from Male to Colombo.  Interested travelers should contact the airlines directly at or +960 791 6779 for assistance.

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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