Maldives records 7,628 tourist arrivals in August

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

Maldives Immigration announced on Wednesday that Maldives recorded more than 7,000 tourist arrivals in August.

Maldives reopened its borders for international travel after a near three-month lockdown in July 15, allowing resorts and liveaboard vessels to resume operations.

Maldives Immigration released the latest monthly tourist arrival statistics on Wednesday evening. It shows 7,628 tourists visited Maldives in August.

With the 1,769 tourist arrivals recorded in July and the 7,628 tourist arrivals recorded in August, total 9,297 tourists have visited Maldives since it reopened its borders.

The biggest source market for tourist arrivals in August was the United Arab Emirates, with 1,627 arrivals.

The second biggest source market was Unite Kingdom with 715 arrivals, followed by 674 arrivals from the United States, 513 arrivals from Spain, and 423 arrivals from Russia, 306 arrivals from Germany, 301 arrivals from France, 252 arrivals from Ukraine, 179 arrivals from Egypt, and 168 arrivals from Brazil.

The highest number of tourist arrivals in a single day was recorded on August 20 with 373 arrivals.

Maldives is scheduled to reopen guesthouses in residential islands outside of the greater Male’ region on October 15, and has mandated negative PCR results for tourist arrivals starting September 19, in order to strengthen health safety measures ahead of guesthouse reopening.