Maldives has recorded more than 400,000 tourist arrivals in 2021 so far, an increase of around 18,000 from the same period of last year.
According to Tourism Ministry figures, 401,361 tourists visited the Maldives as of last Tuesday. This represents an increase of 18,586 visitors from last year.
However, Maldives has yet to exceed the number of tourists registered at the same period in 2019 which was 262,422 more tourist arrivals than this year.
Russians account for the largest number of visitors, around 22.5% of all tourist arrivals. According to the latest figures, this includes over 90,000 visitors.
While Maldives had a strong start in the tourism industry in early 2021, with 3040 daily arrivals, the number has now dropped to about 2898 daily tourist arrivals amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in several countries, including India, which until last month was the top source market for the Maldivian tourism industry in 2021.
Tourists who arrive in Maldives with evidence of vaccination two weeks after completing both doses are excluded from the requirement of a negative PCR test result.
In an attempt to ensure the safety of visitors and tourism industry workers, 99% of tourism sector employees have been vaccinated with the first dose, with 25 percent completely vaccinated.