Maldives likely to reopen its border for tourism in July
The country will continue travel restrictions from 12 countries, including Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States
The most popular tourist and beach destination, the Republic of Maldives is likely to reopen its border next month i.e July with stringent measures and COVID-19 protection guidelines.
In a recent statement, the Minister of Tourism of Maldives Ali Waheed announced that “the country plans to reopen on July 1, with commercial service operated by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.”
The ministry also informed that once the restrictions are eased, it will welcome tourists visiting from India, South Korea, China, Sri Lanka, and countries in the Middle East. Besides, visitors arriving by private plane or yacht would also be allowed to enter the country.
Further, it noted that the country will continue travel restrictions from 12 countries, including Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The ministry also clarified that visitors coming to the country won’t be charged any additional fees.
Ali Waheed assured its citizens that the Maldives will set itself apart as a 'safe tourism' destination and a 'COVID-free country' to attract visitors back. He also stated that the Maldives cannot remain closed for much longer and that authorities are collaborating with relevant industry representatives in creating a "Guideline for Restarting Maldives Tourism" from July.
The country relies heavily on tourism – accounting for 28 per cent of its GDP and over 60 per cent of its foreign reserves. But with the border closed to tourists since March 27 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its tourism income is expected to see a huge plummet.