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Maldives to Reopen International Borders

Published on 24 June 2020 by hassam

The President of the Maldives has announced that Maldives is set to reopen international borders on July 15, 2020. The Maldives have been off limits to international visitors since late March. “The reopening is geared towards a fast-paced economic recovery,” President Ibrahim Mohamed Solid said on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Maldives hard. For a country largely dependent on tourism revenues, the country has endured a difficult few months. With virtually no visitors coming in, hundreds of resorts and guesthouses owners and all related industries has taken difficult measures to sustain the business. The coming months after the reopening would be a testing time for the local and international travel market.

Free On Arrival Visa / No Quarantine

The Tourism Ministry has published a guideline for visitors travelling to the Maldives. All resorts, hotels on uninhabited islands and liveaboard vessels can begin their services from July 15. Guesthouses and hotels located on inhabited islands will be allowed to reopen on August 1.

All visitors will be provided with a free on arrival 30 day visa to enter Maldives. No mandatory testing or quarantine will be observed. However visitors with COVID-19 symptoms will have to undergo a PCR test at no cost upon arrival. A confirmed booking at a tourism establishment is also necessary before arrival. It must also be booked at one single hotel for the duration of your stay in Maldives. This is a mandatory requirement during the first phase of reopening. Exceptions will be made if you are transiting through another island.

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