Maldives has announced temporary suspension of visa on arrival for all tourists starting from 27th March 2020 until further notice.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the President of Maldives announced the decision today while addressing the nation in order to shed light on the measures that the government has been undertaking to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.
This is a time for us to put aside our differences and work together. Maldives is under lock-down. After the next 24 hours no one can enter this country. Despite the lock-down, we will continue to ensure the provision of essential services to all people.”President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said.
In addition to temporarily suspending visa on arrival, the government has also extended the suspension of government offices and education institutions for another week. Thorough disinfection of the streets in greater Male’ area has also begun since mid this week.
All the precautions we have been taking has been worth it. The results are favourable despite the economic losses. Right now, what matters most is the well-being of the people.”President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih assured.
Maldivian government has been quick in taking precautionary measures from day one, in order to contain the virus and prevent the spread of it. Some of the measures taken in the last few weeks include ceasing the operation of guesthouses across the country, temporarily banning foreign passenger vessels, and imposing travel restrictions to certain countries.
The handling of the situation and precautions taken by the government of Maldives has been acknowledged and praised by many.
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