Maldives marks once year since border re-opening

One year has passed since the Maldives reopened its borders to tourists.

The Maldives closed its borders in March 2020 as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. The borders were reopened almost three months later on July 15, 2020. A special campaign was run by Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) under the name 'The Sun Will Shine Again' to resume tourism in the Maldives.

While one year has passed since then, an event was held at Velana International Airport (VIA) on Thursday to mark the occasion.

555,494 tourists visited the Maldives last year after border reopening. 541,794 tourists have visited the tourist-dependent archipelago thus far this year. The government hopes to welcome 1.5 million tourists before the end of the year.