18,000 tourist arrivals in Maldives since border opening

Tourists disembarking plane from the first flight to the Maldives since borders opened on July 15th | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – Maldives Immigration has revealed that more than 18,000 tourists have arrived in Maldives since the country opened its borders on July 15th.

While it has been three months since the borders of Maldives opened, statistics show that a total of 18,867 tourists came into Maldives. This accounts for 9,538 tourists that came in September, and the 7,628 tourists which arrived the month before. It also showed that the most number of tourists arrived into the Maldives from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Russia, America, the United Kingdom (UK), Spain, German, France, Brazil and Egypt, among all the countries that have contributed to the tourism industry of the country since borders opened.

According to the guidelines of tourist arrivals, all visitors would be subjected to symptom checks including fever and any symptomatic individual must undergo testing, of which the cost must be borne by the tourist. Any symptomatic individual traveling with a group, will result in the entire group being tested. While some tourists may also be subject to random testing, this cost will be borne by the state. All treatment for Covid-19 will also be done at the cost of Maldives. Currently there are 9 tourists and 16 resort employees, as active cases of Covid-19 in the Maldives, which accounts for 20 different resorts.

Although there are several cases of Covid-19 in the country within the tourist resort, Maldives has been working hard to to become a tourist-safe zone, having have earned the title by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) on the 15th of September. Multiple resorts have since opened up with safety measures in place, to provide the ultimate vacation experience in the paradise on Earth they call home.