Maldives tourist arrivals since reopening pass 50,000 mark

July 15, 2020: Photo shows a tourist at Velana International Airport. The Maldives welcomed its first tourists in more than three months on July 15. A Qatar Airways flight landed at the Velana International Airport in the morning. The Maldives closed its borders on March 27, due to the situation with COVID-19. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Since the Maldives reopened its borders on July 15, it has now received over 50,000 tourists, according to Tourism Ministry statistics. 

Due to COVID-19, the nation, one of the top travel destinations in the world, closed its borders in March. 

Since reopening, it has now received a total of 51,354 tourists. 

From November 1-11, the nation had received 10,972 tourists. This is nearly 50 percent of all tourist arrivals in October, indicating promising numbers to come. In October, the nation recorded 21,515 tourists.

Russians have been recorded as the highest in terms of arrivals to the nation with 11,240 tourists. Next is the UK, with 4,468 tourists. The USA comes in third place with 3,927 tourists. 

In 2020, a total of 434,201 tourists have visited the nation. This is inclusive of tourist arrivals before the lockdown.