Border reopening

Maldives records 6,277 tourist arrivals since border reopening

  • 342 tourists arrived on Saturday alone
  • A total of 4,877 have departed from Maldives thus far
  • Maldives reopened borders on July 15

K. Male' 2020 Aug 09 | Sun 17:29 local 11,678

Borders were reopened on July 15 - Tourism Ministry

Maldives has recorded a total of 6,277 tourist arrivals since the country reopened borders for international travel on July 15.

Speaking to press on Saturday night, the spokesperson at the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC), Dr. Nazla Rafeeq revealed that 342 arrivals were recorded on Saturday alone.

None of the arrivals on Saturday exhibited Covid-19 symptoms, said the spokesperson.

Dr. Nazla further revealed that a total of 4,877 individuals have departed from the Maldives thus far, out of which 360 individuals departed on Saturday alone.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced that the country would halt issuing on-arrival visas to tourist from March 27 onward, in late March.

Since then, the Maldives tourism industry had been at a complete standstill before the country reopened borders for international travel on July 15 a little over three months since borders were closed.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s economic growth was hit hard even before the first few cases were reported from a resort on March 7.

Following this, a number of employers had dismissed resort employees and put them on no-pay leave, which affected the lives of many.

Last updated at: 1 week ago | Reviewed by: Abdulla Naseer Ibrahim

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