NewsMarch 17, 2021

Total Tourists in Maldives This Year Surpass 238,000 Arrivals!

The latest statistics by the Ministry of Tourism reveal that as of 15th March, Maldives has welcomed a total of 238,533 tourists so far this year.

The daily average for the year is now 3,223 arrivals. The average duration of stay is 9 days.


The top source market for tourist arrivals is India with a market share of 23.3 percent, followed by Russia with 21.5 percent. Ukraine stands in third place with a market share of 6.5 percent. Other top source markets include Kazakhstan, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, and USA.

Furthermore, as of 15th March, there are currently 149 resorts and 377 guesthouses in operation. Meanwhile, 11 hotels and 137 safari vessels are also currently operating. It is reported that a total of 45,377 beds are currently open for tourists.

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).