Maldives Records Over 200,000 Tourist Arrivals So Far in 2021

Photo: Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
PUBLISHED March 07, 2021

Maldives has welcomed yet another record-breaking number of international visitors to the country. According to the latest statistics of Ministry of Tourism, Maldives recorded a total number of 200,871 tourists from January 1 till March 4, 2021.  

Further statistics showed an average of 3,188 tourists recorded per day so far in the month of March. The past month recorded the highest single-day tourist arrivals for the year on February 21, welcoming 5,268 arrivals and consisted a daily average of 3,460 tourists. 

For the year 2021, India remains as the top market to Maldives with 46,541 tourists while Russia follows behind with a total of 42,417 tourists. Other top markets to Maldives include Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany, Romania and France.  

After temporarily closing the borders to curb the spread of COVID-19, Maldives reopened borders for all international travelers on 15th July 2020. While tourists are not required to quarantine upon arrival, tourists are required to submit an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to departure and are required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 96 hours prior to departure. 

Maldives was one of the first countries to reopen its borders and even during such unprecedented times, the tourism industry remained vigilant and worked towards increasing tourist arrival numbers. In this regard, 2020 ended with the celebration of over 500,000 tourist arrivals for the year, and over 100,000 tourist arrivals since the reopening of borders. 

Maldives recently secured 'Best International Island Holiday Destination' award by International Travel Awards 2020. Despite the challenges faced during such a crucial time, Maldives has been gaining international recognition through a variety of awards and accolades due to the safety measures and precautions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. 


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