Male’, Maldives – Maldives has welcomed more than 18,000 tourists to the country so far, during the month of October – a record number of visitors since the country opened up borders after being forced to close entry into the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism of Maldives, a total of 18,601 tourists have arrived into the Maldives during the month of October, which accounts for 37,468 tourist arrivals into the country since the country opened its borders on July 15th.
This is a huge increase in the number of arrivals into the country, starting from the month of July which only saw 1,752 tourists coming to the country. However, the number increased to 7,628 in August and 9,538 in September. So far the top contributing market to the tourist industry of the country has been Russia, accounting for 7,507 tourists so far. The UAE, USA, UK, Spain, Germany, France, Brazil, Ukraine and Egypt are also major contributors to the increasing number of arrivals to the Maldives.
As the numbers increase, Maldives has been increasing the capacity to cater to visitors by opening up local guesthouses within the atolls as well. As per the current regulations, only pre-approved facilities are allowed to cater to tourists, as the Covid-19 precautions are still being enforced.
As for travelers, those who arrive into the country are required to register with the Maldives Immigration via the IMUGA portal, as well as present a PCR negative certificate, which was taken at most, 96 hours prior to traveling.