Maldives records 904 tourists within ten days of reopening

Photo shows a tourist at Velana International Airport on July 15, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Since the borders of the country reopened Maldives has seen an influx of 904 tourists within just ten days, with the highest number of arrivals recorded from the United Kingdom and the United States.

Maldives reopened its borders on July 15 after three months in lockdown due to COVID-19.

According to statistics by Maldives Immigration, the country recorded 117 tourists from the UK while 106 tourists were recorded from the US. The next highest number of tourists arrived from Germany.

Ten countries with the highest number of arrivals:

  • UK: 117 tourists
  • US: 106 tourists
  • Germany: 73 tourists
  • Switzerland: 45 tourists
  • Russia: 45 tourists
  • Philippines: 45 tourists
  • UAE: 31 tourists
  • Spain: 31 tourists
  • Hungary: 30 tourists
  • Egypt: 23 tourists

The ten countries alone accounted for a total of 567 tourists.

The government of Maldives has set out an ambitious tourist arrival target of 850,000 for the remainder of 2020. Before COVID-19 halted the industry, Maldives had recorded 300,000 tourists within just three months of 2020. 

The Maldives also saw a record number of arrivals in 2019, with 1.7 million tourists visiting the country.