Maldives has recorded over 400,000 tourist arrivals so far in 2021. According to latest statistics of Ministry of Tourism, 407,196 international visitors have arrived in the Maldives over the span of only a little over four months of 2021.
Despite the ongoing travel restrictions across international borders, number of visitors to the Maldives remains promising with an average number of 3,040 arrivals recorded daily in April 2021 and 2,489 arrivals recorded daily so far in May 2021.
As one of the first countries to reopen borders for travelers, Maldives resumed hospitality services and succeeded in providing a safe haven for guests with stringent measures implemented across all tourist establishments and airports in line with the guidelines of health experts. Maldives is known for its unique concept of one-island one-resort, where the hotels occupy a whole island that is naturally distanced, providing the required social distancing means during these times.
Overtaking the top number of tourist arrivals, Russia has rebounded back as top market to Maldives with over 22,000 arrivals in April 2021. India followed behind with 16,922 arrivals in the same month.
In February 2020, Maldives initiated the COVID-19 vaccination drive, providing free vaccines for all citizens and the residents of the country including tourism industry employees. Currently, over 90% of hospitality workers have received the first dose of the vaccine while 1/3rd of them have received the second dose.
From 3 May 2021, all inbound travelers have been instructed to produce a PCR negative result with a sample taken 96 hours prior to their departure to the Maldives, even if vaccinated. PCR negative test result must be attached while completing the online Traveler Health Declaration (THD) form via “IMUGA” Portal, (https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd/), which has to be submitted within 24 hours prior to departure to the Maldives.
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