According to Expedia 2021 travel trends report, Americans are looking at tropical beach destinations and Maldives has landed a spot on the top 10 international destinations they are looking to travel.
Expedia.com® released its 2021 Travel Trends Report, analyzing traveler data to uncover the biggest takeaways from an unprecedented year, and what travelers can expect in the year ahead. In addition to tapping into its own massive database of search and demand data, this year Expedia partnered with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) for a deep dive on the effect of the pandemic on air travel.
Perfect crystal blue waters, beautiful weather and overwater luxury bungalows make the Maldives a premier destination for Americans every year. Maldives landed on the list at eleventh slot on the list.
America remains the fourth top market to Maldives since the border reopening with 8,306 tourists. Looking at the whole year 2020, America was the eighth most tourist arrival country throughout the year with 16,754 visitors.
Maldives reopened borders to all nationalities from 15th July 2020. All visitors are granted a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country.
Maldives has also extended ‘Split Stay’ for all types of tourist accommodation facilities, allowing tourists to split their stay between resort, hotels, guesthouses and liveaboard boats, with prior approval as per split-stay procedure and guideline by the Ministry of Tourism.
While there is no mandatory quarantine or testing on arrival, tourists traveling to Maldives are required to complete an online health declaration form and provide a negative PCR test result taken at least 96 hours prior to their departure.
The negative PCR test result must be attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online via IMUGA (www.imuga.immigration.gov.mv), by all arriving passengers before arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time).