Border reopening: Over 400 tourists in three days

Statistics shared by Maldives Immigration has shown that over 400 tourists have arrived in the Maldives since the country re-opened its borders on Wednesday.

The Maldives closed its borders to tourists on March 27 as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. The tourism dependent island nation reopened its borders last week after taking stringent safety measures. Upon reopening, 104 tourists and 38 locals arrived on a Qatar Airways flight; the first international passenger flight to arrive since the lockdown was lifted. Most of the tourists were from Turkey, with 14 arrivals. The second-most number of tourists arrived from the US, with 12 arrivals. 9 visitors from the Netherlands, 7 from Switzerland were also among the arrivals.

According to Immigration’s data, 443 tourists arrived in the Maldives over the past three days. The data on the tourists and their nationalities are currently being compiled.

The Maldives National University has estimated that 10.595 tourists will visit the Maldives this month, and a total of 450,134 will arrive by the end of the year. Last year, the Maldives welcomed a record 1.7 million tourist arrivals.