Male’, Maldives – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi resort has announced that it will be reopening its doors to tourists in this coming March after it was previously closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Adaaran Hudhuranfushi resort, while the resort is set to reopen on March 1st, significant upgrades have been made to the resort to ensure that the services available at the resort are in accordance to that of the guidelines of Health Protection Agency (HPA).
The resort was closed on March 15th along with the national borders as a protective measure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The borders reopened three months later in July 15 and many resorts reopened and started giving out their services since then. Currently there are 41,982 tourist beds available in the Maldives which includes 32,636 tourist beds in 141 resorts.
A total of 555,213 tourists visited the Maldives in 2020 reaching the expected target for the year, 500,000 tourists. The Maldives closed its borders to tourists earlier in March as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 and reopened its borders four months later on July 15th. While 174,282 tourists visited in the period that followed border reopening, 380,931 arrivals were recorded prior to border closure.
The most number of tourist arrivals during 2020 were from Russia. While 46,065 arrivals from Russia were recorded last year, the second most number of tourists arrived from Italy, with 45,645 arrivals. Following close behind was India with 44,268 arrivals.
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.
However, due to the newly found Covid-19 variant in United Kingdom, tourists arriving from UK on work visas and locals who spend over 12 hours in UK will have to go through a mandatory 10 day quarantine period in Maldives upon arrival. Students arriving from abroad are also now required to undergo mandatory home quarantine, taking effect from Monday onwards.