NewsOctober 4, 2020

Maldives Welcomes Over 18,800 Tourist Arrivals Within 2 Months 15 Days of Border Reopening

According to the latest statistics by Maldives Immigration, 18,867 tourists have arrived in the Maldives, since the border reopened in July.

During the month of September, Maldives welcomed 9538 tourists, majority from Russia which was 2065 arrivals. This is followed by UAE with 1029 arrivals and the United States with 935 arrivals. Maximum arrivals on a signal day during September was 696 tourists, a record since the reopening.


As of 27th September, tourist arrivals to the Maldives was at 399,252. While there were 173347 arrivals in January, February saw 149786  arrivals and 59،627  in March. For the first time in its history, Maldives did not welcome any tourist for 2 months until 36 tourists arrived in May.

Maldives reopened its borders to all nationalities from 15th July. Travelers are issued a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country.

There is no mandatory quarantine or testing on arrival, but tourists have to complete an online health declaration form and provide a negative PCR test result taken at least 72 hours prior to their departure.

Visitors with symptoms of the COVID-19 or those travelling with someone who has similar symptoms will be tested at their own expense.

The negative PCR test result must be attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online via IMUGA (, by all arriving passengers before arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time).