Indians, who have been waiting to travel to the Maldives, there’s good news for them. The Maldives government has announced plans to resume visa-on-arrival for Indian travellers starting July 15. Travellers will have to carry a negative RT-PCR COVID test report to enter the country, informed the Maldivian Tourism Ministry during a press conference.
The press conference was organised in the President’s Office, where President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih made the announcement that the country will resume issuing tourist visas to South Asian travellers.
Maldives Ministry of Tourism also took to Twitter and tweeted, “Maldives will start issuing on- arrival tourist visas starting 15th July to tourists travelling from South Asia. Tourists require negative PCR result to enter Maldives. Further details will follow accordingly”. People with work visas can also enter the country from July 1 onwards, but will have to quarantine in the Maldives.
The island nation is one of the top beach attraction in the world. The destination has been a saving grace for Indian travellers during the pandemic. But, the second COVID-19 wave in India had been deadly, which forced the Maldives to shut its borders for Indian travellers last month.
Now that the cases have significantly gone down in India, the beach destination has once again opened its border, with all the COVID safety measures in place. As per the reports, the Maldives has been visited by over 400,000 tourists since the beginning of January. Russians have been on top of the chart, followed by Indians.