More than 51,000 tourists visit Maldives after border opening!

Tourists arriving to Maldives during the Covid-19 pandemic | Photo: Avas

Male’, Maldives – Tourism Ministry of the Maldives has announced that 51,354 tourists have visited the Maldives after the country’s borders were opened on July 15.

According to the Covid-19 updates of the tourism sector of the Maldives released by the Tourism Ministry, from July 15 till November 11 of the year, a total of 51,354 tourists had come to the Maldives from various parts of the world.

The most number of tourists had come from Russia with a total of 11,240 tourists. United Kingdom followed with 4,468 tourists and 3,927 U.S.A nationals had also come during this period.

Tourists from other countries such as United Arab Emirates, Germany, France, Brazil, Spain and India have also come to Maldives during this period.

Including the 51,354 tourists who had come after the birders opened in July, the total number of tourists who have visited Maldives until November 11 stands at 434,201.

The most number of tourists had been brought to Maldives during this period by Emirates Airlines which brought in 16,260 people in total until November 11, with a total of 194 movements. Second highest number of people had been brought by Qatar Airways with a total of 15,642 people on 218 movements.

Currently fifteen airlines are operating to Maldives and an additional ten airlines have planned to start their operations before the end of this year.

Tourism Ministry has also established a tourism help desk at Velana International Airports arrival terminal. The purpose of this help desk is to provide information and assistance to the tourists who visit Maldives during this time.

Ministry highlighted that through this counter, all information on Health Protection Agency (HPA) and Tourism Ministry’s rules and regulations set amid the Covid-19 would be available. In addition to this the counter would also facilitate in assisting tourists to solve any issues which might arise between them and resorts, guest houses and safaris. 

Ministry also stated that as the airport was the first entry point to the country which is heavily dependent on tourism, and that by having a help desk at the arrival terminal would allow tourists to solve any issues which might arise and give them a warm welcome to the country. According to the ministry, the help desk would also increase the safety of the tourists more than now.

The Desk will be open for flight operational hours and travelers and operators who need assistance may call +960 9423131 to get their assistance.

After the borders have opened, Tourism Ministry has been proactively doing various activities and taking measures to promote tourism in the country including promotional events and high safety standards in the tourism sector to prevent spreading of Covid-19 virus in the resorts and other tourist facilities. 

Maldives also got certified as a “Safe Travel” destination which is safe for tourists to travel to in September. This stamp is provided to countries which are the safest with regards to Covid-19.

Only a negative PCR test not exceeding 96 hours is necessary to enter Maldives, and travelers of every nationality are offered a free tourist visa of 30 days on arrival. Split stays among exclusive tourist resorts, guesthouses on local islands and safaris are also now permitted.