Maldives records over 400,000 tourist arrivals

A Maldives resort at sunset | Photo: TD

Malé, Maldives – Maldives has recorded over 400,000 tourist arrivals to date in 2021.

According to the statistics revealed by the Tourism Ministry, a total 401,361 tourists visited Maldives as of last Tuesday. This is an increment of 18,586 tourists compared to the same time period of last year.

Although the number of tourists have increased compared to 2020, Maldives has not yet surpassed the tourist arrivals recorded in the same time in 2019. 262,422 more tourist arrivals were recorded back in 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, compared to this year.

According to the tourism statistics, the highest number of tourists are from Russia with 22.5 percent of tourist arrivals being from Russia. This includes over 90,000 tourists from the current numbers.

Although Maldives had a kickstart in the tourism industry in early 2021 with daily arrivals amounting to 3040, the numbers have now reduced to about 2898 daily tourist arrivals. This is due to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in several countries including India which was the top source market for the Maldivian tourism industry in 2021 until last month.

All travellers excluding Maldives citizens, must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result, conducted within 96 hours prior to departure. Travellers are also requested to complete the online Immigration and Health self‑declaration form within 24 hours prior to arrival.

99 percent of the tourism sector employees of Maldives have been vaccinated with the first dose, with 25% fully vaccinated in an effort to ensure safety of the tourists and Tourism Industry workers.