UK lifts Covid-19 travel restrictions for Maldives

Tourists at Velana International Airport | Photo: Sun

Male’, Maldives – The United Kingdom (UK) has lifted all Covid-19 travel restrictions on Maldives.

When the United Kingdom reopened their international borders in July, only 59 countries were on the list, in which Maldives was not included. Maldives was excluded from this list because Maldives was not considered as a country that had Covid-19 under control at the time. Therefore, any Maldivian traveling to the UK was mandated to stay in quarantine for 14 days before entering the country.

However, on October 22, the British High Commissioner to Maldives, Caron Röhsler issued a statement revealing that the United Kingdom has decided to lift all travel restrictions for Maldives starting from October 25 onwards. This means that the Maldivian tourists who will be visiting UK will be able to enter the country without having to get quarantined.

She further stated that the change in the travel restrictions on Maldives was majorly due to the decreased number of Covid-19 cases in the country. She highlighted that the steady reduction in the confirmed cases in the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in Maldives, Male’ has played a huge role in this outcome.

While congratulating all of the residents who played a role in their part in decreasing the number of confirmed cases, Ms. Caron Röhsler noted that the decrease in the number of cases is a result of the hard work of many Maldivians, especially the government, Health Protection Agency and the healthcare workers.

Ms Caron Röhsler stated that the since the national airline of UK, British Airways has been flying three times a week to Maldives, she looks forward to seeing tourism flourish in the United Kingdom once again.

While Maldives reopened it’s boarders on 15th July, news sources from England reported that Maldives was a top destination to which the British tourists would be traveling to, after the lockdown. Therefore, the continuation of the flights of British Airways to Maldives has gradually started to reach the amount of tourist arrivals Maldives had targeted this season.

Although the government of Maldives initially expected to have around 800,000 tourists this year, it was later changed to 100,000 tourists. The country has received a total of 27,217 tourists during the first three months since the borders reopened.