With most countries suffering a lack of tourism due to Covid-19, many have decided to ease up on the rules and regulations in regards to pandemic travel. The oceanic island cluster off the coast of India, the Republic of Maldives, recently opened up its borders to accommodate tourists from South Asia. This comes a year after an announcement banning visitors traveling from these countries due to a spike in Covid-19 cases there.
And now, visitors from around the world can visit Maldives upon the announcement of a full open border policy. The Maldives now expect tourism to skyrocket back to its pre-pandemic average of around 114,000 tourists a month. Since slightly opening up its borders in 2020, Maldives has welcomed over 715,000 travelers.
Upon arrival at the resorts, tourists must present a negative PCR result (even if they have completed their doses for the Covid-19 vaccine.) The test must be administered within 96 hours prior to arrival to their respective resorts. One included exception is that travelers arriving from the UK must quarantine for 10 days. So they are unlikely to get a tsunami of visitors from Britain. The good news is that there is no mandatory quarantine period for travelers from all other countries.
Maldives is the perfect getaway for tourists seeking a luxurious and naturally-distanced island experience. Individuals can book a stay at one of the 132 resorts on one of the 26 atolls among the cluster of over 1000 islands. And the islands are perfect for anyone into the whole social distancing thing. Safety protocols are well managed and the requirements are made simple for tourists. Covid-weary visitors can go an extra mile and book a stay in private overwater villas while still getting a full experience in paradise.
Tourists are itching to get a taste of travel after a year and months of closed borders around the world. A trip to Maldives provides peace of mind for fearsome travelers because of its conceptual ‘one-island-one-resort’ program. This means each resort is housed on one of the many islands in the Republic.
It may turn out that a vacation to Maldives is exactly what Covid-weary travelers need.