Maldives reopens for tourists after over 3 months of lockdown

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Maldives on Wednesday announced the reopening of its borders for tourists amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, and said the country is a safe destination.
Maldives has reopened its borders for international visitors and has commenced 'safe tourism', Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) said.
"Today we have opened our borders and we started tourism after over three months of lockdown,"
MMPRC Managing Director Thoyyib Mohamed said in a digital press conference.
The government and private sector have worked over the last few months on preparations to ensure high safety and hygiene standards for travellers in the new normal, he added.
"We are looking into working in partnership with stakeholders in rebuilding tourism. A big component of our recovery plan will be working with stakeholders such as airlines, tour operators, local stakeholders and maintaining brand visibility mainly through campaigns on digital platforms," Mohamed said.
Maldives' Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid said, "Responding to Covid has been tough, but we always knew that we will come back stronger...".
Maldives is opening its borders for tourists today because it is a safe tourist destination. It is a safe place for people to work, he added.
Maldives' Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen said all health and safety measures have been put in place for safety of the visitors.
MMPRC is the national tourism office of the Maldives responsible for carrying out activities to promote the country as the most preferred island destination of the world.


Passengers disembark from a Qatar Airways aircraft upon their arrival at the Velana International Airport in Male on July 15, 2020. Credit: AFP Photo

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  • Jinna Thursday, 16 July 2020 10:21 AM

    Good luck !. SL government must be responsible for closure of the airport and irresponsible strategies.

    Thivanka Thursday, 16 July 2020 12:17 PM

    Its a big mistake taken by maldives government , because there foreign revenue is zero . Wait and see. Thank you Mr.president and the cabinet srilankan airport .

    FF Thursday, 16 July 2020 12:30 PM

    SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT, ARMED FORCES

    Jinna Thursday, 16 July 2020 01:44 PM

    Thivanka - First you would better study how to write correct English. Not only Maldives, Thailand and Bali has the same strategy, while targeting hi-end tourists.

    Eng_S Thursday, 16 July 2020 01:55 PM

    Hope SL government will follow soon by opening the Katunayake airport in August!

    Geetanjali Mishra Thursday, 16 July 2020 07:27 PM

    India has opened its airport to for France ,USA ,Germany and UK. Airport should not be closed,rather strong measures should be taken for arrival and departure passengers.

    Mohan Thursday, 16 July 2020 07:38 PM

    @jinna - please don’t toil on the language, focus on the content. Look at all major countries. Besides English is only a language not a benchmark of intellect

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Friday, 17 July 2020 08:32 AM

    As usual we are late. We are tough talking and rules breaking


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