Maldives to reopen on July 1

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One of the world’s most expensive holiday destinations is set to become even more costly as the Maldives plans to introduce compulsory COVID-19 testing for all arrivals, among a raft of new health and safety measures.

In an attempt to woo back visitors, Minister of Tourism Ali Wahed has announced that the Maldives will set itself apart as a ‘safe tourism’ destination and a ‘COVID-free country’. So far, the Maldives has recorded five deaths and 1,457 cases, the majority in the densely-packed capital of Malé.

It was also suggested that well-heeled travellers arriving by yacht or private jet will be allowed to re-enter the Maldives from June 1, with commercial flights restarting from July 1. Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways are all expected to be among the first airlines to return, bringing tourists from India, Sri Lanka, China, Korea and the Middle East. Tourists coming from Europe and the rest of the world would likely follow towards the end of the year.

 

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