Male’, Maldives — Since the international borders of Maldives reopened on July 15, the Ministry of Tourism of Maldives has given 182 guesthouses and 138 resorts the permission to start their operations again.
The latest statistics revealed by the Tourism Ministry shows that till December 16, a bed capacity of 32,212 are available in 138 tourist resorts and yacht marinas of Maldives.
The Ministry also stated that additional two resorts are expected to reopen before the end of 2020. They are Eriyadhu Island Resort in Kaafu atoll and Thulhagiri Island Resort & Spa in Kaafu atoll. Along with these resorts, the Minsitry also informed that they have given the permission for Innahura Maldives Resort in Lhaviyani atoll to reopen on 31st January 2021.
In addition to this, the Ministry has also given permission to reopen 168 guesthouses in the atolls of Maldives that consists of over 3,000 bed capacities in total and 14 guesthouses with the bed capacity of 400 to reopen in the greater Male’ area.
The statistics also showed that there are currently 129 tourist vessels operating in Maldives having a total bed capacity of 2,497.
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.
The International borders of Maldives were reopened on July 15 as an attempt recover from the economic losses the country has faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While Maldives welcomed over 27,400 tourists in December so far, the country has recorded over 103,500 tourists arrivals since the border reopening.
After the international borders of Maldives were 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.