NewsAugust 11, 2020

Are Locals Really Prohibited from Vacationing in Resorts?

Recently, news has spread that the Ministry of Tourism has prohibited locals in the Maldives from going to resorts and other tourist facilities for leisure purposes. It was stated that this measure was taken as an additional attempt to curb the spread of the disease in the island nation.

However, the Ministry has declined this news and informed that locals are allowed to go to resorts, only if they follow the guidelines by HPA.


According to various sources, the Ministry instructed all tourist facilities to follow the regulation until a further announcement.

As per the border reopening guidelines, tourists shall book their entire stay in one registered establishment. However, exemptions will be made for transit arrangements.

Similarly, tourists staying in a liveaboard shall also stay in the same property throughout their stay. The Ministry has given permission to 46 safaris to operate.