Tourist arrivals in December rise above 90,000

Tourists at the Velana International Airport. (Sun Photo/Ibrahim Ifaz)

Maldives has recorded over 90,000 tourist arrivals so far this December.

According to the statistics released by Tourism Ministry, 90,620 tourist arrivals were recorded between December 1 and December 29, making for an average of 3,125 tourist arrivals per day.

549,608 tourists have visited Maldives so far this year, including 166,761 tourists who visited the island nation since it reopened its borders after the COVID-19 lockdown on July 15.

The highest number of tourist arrivals in a single day since border reopening was recorded on December 27, with 6,037 arrivals.

The top five source market for tourist arrivals to Maldives since it reopened its borders is Russia, India, United Kingdom, United States, and Germany.

46,025 tourist arrivals have been recorded from Russia, including 31,187 who visited Maldives after it reopened its borders.

528 tourist facilities - including resorts, hotels, liveaboards and guesthouses - are currently operation, meaning 41,394 tourist beds.

Maldives is currently open to all tourists, provided they have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken maximum 96 hours before departure from their original destination.

Tourists are issued 30 day visa upon arrival.