Ahoy Pirates, great news from what most of us think of paradise and most beloved archipelago of the world - the Maldives!
The Maldivian government announced plans to re-open its borders and resume tourism activities from, July 15. When they will start their "safe tourism" program.
Tourists traveling to the Maldives will receive a 30-day tourist visa for all nationalities and will not be quarantined upon arrival. However, they are required to submit medical test results and travellers showing COVID-19 symptoms will undergo a PCR test at the expense of the traveller. A health declaration card will also be required as part of this procedure. Tests will be available to those who require a test result to return to their country of origin or any other destination with a requirement.
Tourist resorts, hotels and places of residence on uninhabited islands are open for reservations from July 15, 2020 , while hotels and pensions on inhabited islands will be open for reservations from August 1, 2020.
A full list of preliminary dates for re-opening centres that meet the requirements set by the Ministry of Tourism and Health Protection Agency can be found here.
Statement by the Ministry of Tourism:
The months of closing borders and stagnation in international tourism caused many problems for this country heavily dependent on tourism. Tourism generates about 1/3 of the archipelago's GDP. Tourism Minister Ali Waheed stated that the coronavirus's impact was much worse on the Maldives' finances than the tsunami in 2004 or the financial crisis in 2008 .