Guesthouses in Maldives open for South Asian tourists starting end of July

Post lockdown tourist arrivals in Maldives | Photo: Visit Maldives

Malé, Maldives – The government of Maldives on Monday decided to open up the country for South Asian tourists, with guesthouses opening for South Asian tourists starting end of July.

Maldives previously stopped accepting tourist arrivals from the South Asian region due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the region. However, the government now informs that that they gave decided to commence accepting tourist arrivals from South Asia.

The new regulation is to take effect from this Thursday onwards. However, tourists will not be allowed to stay at local guesthouses till the end of July.

Maldives temporarily stopped issuing tourist visas to South Asian tourists on 13th May due to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the region. This includes countries such as India and even Maldives itself with record number of daily positive cases.

The Tourism Ministry tweeted saying that Maldives will review the temporary suspension tourist visas for those travelling from South Asian countries. The Ministry noted that they are optimistic of easing the temporary restrictions by early June, which was not possible due to the Covid-19 situation at the time.