Over 90,000 tourist arrivals since border reopening!

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Tourists arriving to Maldives during the Covid-19 pandemic | Photo: Velana International Airport.

Male’, Maldives – The Tourism Ministry of Maldives has announced that over 90,000 tourists have arrived to the country since the borders reopened on 15th of July.

According to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism, a total of 90,437 tourists have arrived to Maldives by December 07 since the border reopened on July.

These include of 1,752 tourists who arrived in July, the 7,628 tourists who arrived in August, along with the 9,538 arrivals in September, the 21,515 arrivals in October and the 35,759 tourist arrivals recorded on November.

Along with these, the country has welcomed over 14,000 tourists during the first seven days of December alone. As it is the peak tourism season, the country expects to welcome a large amount of tourists during this month.

The Minister of Tourism of Maldives, Abdulla Mausoom already stated that the ministry expects Maldives to welcome at least 100,000 tourists by December 16 and to have an annual arrival target of 500,000 by December 25.

At the rate the current daily tourist arrival is going, it appears that the targets set by the ministry may be achieved by the end of this year.

On December 05, the country recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals since the border reopening. Minister Mausoom tweeted that over 2,900 tourist arrivals were recorded in just one day saying that it is a remarkable achievement for the daily arrivals of the country to go from zero to nearly 3000 in just 20 weeks.

The most number of tourist that arrive to Maldives are from Russia as the statistics showed that by December 02nd, a total of 17,404 tourist arrivals from Russia were recorded since the border reopening. Following behind were tourists from England, America, UAE, Germany, Ukraine, France, Spain and Brazil as well.

Maldives closed its international borders on March to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus. However, as the country solely depends on its tourism sector, it reopened their borders as soon as the number of confirmed cases started to decrease in the country.

After the borders opened, the 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. 

While the island nation does not require tourist to go through quarantine or testing on arrival, all the tourists are required to complete an online health declaration form given by the country and to also provide a negative PCR test result along with it. The PCR test must be taken at least 96 hours prior to departure.