Maldives has temporarily suspended entry of tourists traveling from South Asian countries from Thursday, authorities announced Tuesday.
The countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
A statement from Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism said the suspension includes "those with a transit time exceeding 24 hours and have a travel history to the above stated countries within the past 14 days."
The order begins May 13 "until further notice," it said.
Health care professionals with valid work permits are exempted, according to Maldives Immigration.
Maldives recorded 1,572 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 40,092, according to the country's Health Protection Agency.
The country was one of the first countries to fully reopen to travelers last year.