Health Protection Agency HPA says travelers from South Asian countries can transit in the capital Male' on their way to their resort destinations.

Maldivian authorities are set to reopen the country's borders to South Asian tourists on the 15th of this month after closing the borders last May.

HPA said in a new guideline published today that although the borders would be opened for tourists traveling from South Asian countries, such tourists cannot check-in at tourist establishments operated in inhabited islands until further notice.

The Agency noted that tourists from South Asia can stay at resorts across the country and would be allowed to transit in the capital Male' before traveling to their destinations.

HPA said that they can only transit in guesthouses designated as transit facilities by the Tourism Ministry.

HPA added that it would announce the details about how south Asian tourists can travel to local islands on the 30th of this month.

Earlier this month, authorities in the Maldives had allowed locals and work visa holders from South Asian countries to travel to the Maldives and quarantine for 14 days.

HPA had said that such travelers must also do a PCR test 48-72 hours after they arrive, while in quarantine.

It said that while locals can quarantine at their homes, work permit holders will be quarantined at designated facilities.

HPA also said that these travelers must remain under quarantine for 14 days and that they would only be released from quarantine once they test negative for the COVID test once their quarantine is completed.