Over 4,800 tourist arrivals on Sunday, highest since border reopening

Vakkaru Maldives resort
Vakkaru Maldives resort. | Photo: OV Maldives.

Malé, Maldives – Maldives has recorded the highest single-day tourist arrivals since it reopened its borders on Sunday with over 4,800 arrivals.

Statistics released by Tourism Ministry show 4,856 tourists visited Maldives on Sunday, February 15. The previous highest daily tourist arrivals was recorded on February 12 with 4,809 arrivals, following 4,480 arrivals on February 13.

The top source market for tourism arrivals have been identified as Russia with nearly 30,500 tourist arrivals. India follows closely with 30,295 tourist arrivals while Ukraine is the country with the third highest tourist arrivals with 9,955 tourist. In addition, Kazakhstan has also been noted as a top source with 6,376 tourist arrivals as well as Romania with 5,672 tourist arrivals.

Germany, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Czech Republic are also among top 10 source markets for tourist arrivals to the Maldives this year. Maldives has recorded 138,912 tourist arrivals so far this year, and an average of 3,000 tourist arrivals per day.

The country currently has 641 tourist facilities (43,976 beds) in operation. Maldives is open to all tourists, provided they have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken maximum 96 hours before departure from their original destination. Tourists are issued 30-day visa upon arrival. Tourism Ministry expects to host 1.5 million tourist arrivals by the end of this year.