COVID-19: Over 60 resorts in operation since border reopening

Maldives Tourism Ministry said 61 resorts are in operation since the archipelago reopened its borders in July.

While over 150 resorts are established in the Maldives, more than half the resorts resumed operation in July. Statistics released by the Tourism Ministry show 61 resorts are currently in operation.

Four establishments have been given permission to operate as transit hotels, They are Amillafushi in Baa atoll, Maagiri Hotel and Hulhule’ Island Hotel in capital Male’ and Macua Maldives Kooddoo in Gaafu Alifu atoll. The Tourism Ministry said 22 safaris have also been given permission to resume operation.

However, the government has not announced the date on which permits will be issued to local guesthouses and hotels to resume operation.

Maldives closed its borders to tourists on March 27 as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. While the borders were reopened on July 15, 800,000 tourists are expected to visit the archipelago this year.