The Ministry of Economic Development, on Sunday, mandated expatriate workers to acquire additional permits to work in Maldives amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a statement released by the ministry, foreigners attaining employment approval for the first time, as well as individuals returning after annual leave, would henceforth be allowed to enter the country after securing a special permit that will be issued by the ministry.
Applications for these permits must be submitted to the economic ministry via email a minimum of 48 hours before the individuals' scheduled arrival time. Confirmation of the permit will also be sent via email.
In the wake of COVID-19, the government was taking and continues to take a number of measures intended to better regulate and monitor the inflow of expatriates.
A state of public health emergency was declared on March 12, under which the government implemented several measures including travel restrictions to and from resorts, as well as a temporary suspension of tourist check-ins in guesthouses and hotels around the country.
Maldives currently has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 active cases. The country recorded its first two recoveries on Friday, and the third this Saturday. No Maldivians have tested positive for the virus as of yet. So far, only tourists and resort employees have confirmed infections with no local transmissions.
The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 338,700 and claimed over 14,600 lives around the world. Out of those infected, more than 99,000 have recovered.