In its efforts to fight against the global Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, Maldives has decided to temporarily suspend issuance of visas upon arrival for all inbound tourists either by air or sea.
During his address to the press conference in Male, President Ibrahim Solih said that beginning March 27, foreigners, except those with special permission from the government, would not be allowed to enter the country.
Adding further, the President assured the people of the country that the government would continue to guarantee basic rights along with continued supply of electricity, water and public transport. He went on to say that the state’s trade company State Trading Organization will supply the food staples.
He also announced another extension of closure of schools and government offices for another week.
So far, there have been 13 positive Coronavirus cases in the country, all of whom are foreign nationals. The count has been brought down to eight after the recovery of five patients.