NewsJanuary 17, 2021

Maldives Welcomes Over 40,000 Tourist Arrivals in First Two Weeks of 2021!

The Ministry of Tourism has revealed that over 40,000 tourists have arrived in the Maldives within the first two weeks of 2021.

According to the Ministry’s statistics, 40,426 tourists visited the Maldives in the first two weeks of 2021. This is a 47.9 percent decrease in arrivals compared to the same period in 2020.


The Ministry also revealed that 2,888 tourists were visiting the Maldives on average every day based on their statistics, and that 4,195 tourists had entered the country on 3 January, the highest number of tourists to travel to the Maldives this year.

Furthermore, the Ministry also identified Russia as the top source market for tourist arrivals to the country. Over 10,000 Russian tourists visited the Maldives this year, making up 24.7 percent of total arrivals thus far.

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 (, by all arriving passengers before arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time).