Maldives Marks One Year Since Border Reopening

Photo: Anantara Veli Maldives
PUBLISHED July 15, 2021 | updated July 15, 2021 04:30

Today marks one year since the Maldives reopened its borders for all international travelers under stringent measures following the global border closures against COVID-19.  

Since then the Maldives have safely welcomed over 715,600 travelers. The Maldives have established strong safety protocols across its tourist establishments, and ensured that over 72% of the tourist industry have been fully vaccinated.  

Earlier this year, The Maldivian government also temporarily halted issuance of visas to travelers from South Asia following the spike in COVID-19 cases in this region. However, effective today, the Maldives have one again re-opened the borders to warmly welcome travelers from South Asian countries to the naturally-distanced scattered islands of Maldives.  

Tourists traveling from South Asian countries are not permitted to check-in or stay at tourist facilities in inhabited islands until July 30, 2021 to maintain a gradual and safe reopening for the region.  

All travelers, including those who have completed the prescribed dose(s) of COVID-19 vaccines, must hold a negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for COVID-19, with a sample taken within 96 hours prior to departure to the Maldives from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives. Children below one year old are exempt from the requirement of the PCR test.  

Under much hardship, with the strength and support of the entire industry, the Maldives continues to adapt to a rapidly changing global travel environment in order to consistently provide a world class tourism product for our visitors.  


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