Maldives tourism continues to look optimistic with 10, 360 tourist arrivals in the first 3 days of 2021.
With an average of 3,356 tourists a day, Russia remains as the top arrival market to Maldives. This is followed by Ukraine in second, India in third, Kazakhstan in fourth position and United Kingdom in fifth. Other top source markets include Romania, Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria.
As per the statistics revealed by the Tourism Ministry, Maldives currently has 541 tourist facilities operational with 41, 660 beds. This is with 141 resorts/marinas accumulating to 32,636 beds followed by 259 guesthouses with 5,062 beds, 130 safari vessels with 2,504 beds and 11 hotels with 1,458 beds.
Guesthouses are operational at 40 islands in 12 atolls: Haa Alif, Noonu, Baa, Kaafu, Alifu Alifu, Alifu Dhaalu, Vaavu, Thaa, Laamu, Gaaf Dhaalu, Gnaviyani and Seenu.
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).
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