Maldives celebrates 100,000th tourist since border opening!

100,000th tourist who arrived to Maldives on Saturday | Photo: Visit Maldives

Male’, Maldives – Maldives celebrates the 100,000th tourist arrival into the country since the country opened its borders after the country was affected by Covid-19, by giving the Swiss tourist a very warm welcome.

According to the government of Maldives, the country has an aim of hitting the 500,000 mark of total tourist arrivals into the country this year, which is currently at 477,390 according to the latest statistics by the Ministry of Tourism.

The gradual increase in arrivals is attributed to decreasing travel restrictions and more airlines making trips to Maldives from key markets. Key airlines include Emirates ,Qatar Airways and Russian Airline Aeroflot among many others.

Russia has been the largest market for tourism to the Maldives since borders reopened, with 17,404 guest arrival from the country. The country has held a relatively large percentage of the tourist arrival market share after borders opened and is followed by India, U.K. and the U.S. when ranked by tourists arrivals.

Looking at the airlines, a total of 15 airlines including Maldivian and Fly Me, carried tourists to and from the country, with Emirates being the airline which brought in the most number of tourists.

Tourism Ministry has also established a tourism help desk at Velana International Airport’s 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.