Maldives – Update on measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19

04 June, 2020

Maldives Post asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that that the Government of the Maldives has decided to extend the sanitary measures, including the lockdown of the Malé region, until 13 June 2020.

The latest developments include:

  • Easing of movement within the Malé region from 28 May onwards;
  • Partially reopening of government institutions from 31 May to 11 June to provide essential services;
  • Continuation of suspension of international flights to and from the Maldives until 30 June (or a later date to be communicated in due course).

Access to postal outlets remains subject to restrictions, and measures to minimize human contact remain in force.

Outbound mail items (letter post, parcel post and EMS)

Owing to the suspension and cancellation of almost all flights to and from the Maldives, severe delays for all outbound airmail are to be expected until sufficient transport capacity becomes available. Maldives Post is therefore not accepting international letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items for any destination until the situation returns to normal.

Inbound mail items (letter post, parcel-post and EMS)

Since 3 June 2020, and until further notice, the international mail processing centre has been operating with a skeleton workforce to process incoming international dispatches. This means that Maldives Post is still unable to guarantee quality of service and delivery standards for letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items, and the case of force majeure already invoked remains in force. The disruption is expected to continue until the epidemic is over.

Signature on delivery is suspended for all letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items. However, tracked confirmation of deliveries will be provided via the usual tracking event scans for products that allow tracking.

Maldives Post thanks all other Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding. It will update them on any changes to this situation via EmIS.