After almost four months after the suspension of on-arrival tourist visas, the Maldives tourism industry has reopened with enhanced precautionary measures against Covid-19.
The first tourists arrived earlier onboard a Qatar Airways flight from Doha, which landed in Velana International Airport.
Connecting from various countries, 107 foreigners and 24 Maldivians arrived on the first commercial flight to land in Maldives since borders closed to tourists on March 27th.
Precautionary measures such as social distancing, minimal touch points, frequent sanitisation and mask wearing were in place to ensure the safety of all visitors.
Tourism has been the worst hit of all major economic sectors around by the world by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is especially true in the Maldives, where tourism accounts for the majority of foreign exchange earnings.
Resorts, hotels and liveaboards located on uninhabited islands in the Maldives are now allowed to resume operations, whereas hotels and guest houses located on inhabited islands will be allowed to open from August 1st.
A total of 40 resorts are in operation from today.
Maldives registered a record breaking 1.7 million tourist arrivals in 2019, the highest number of…