The Maldives will reopen its borders to South Asian travelers, including India, from July 15th. writes TTG Asia. To enter, they, like other tourists, will need a negative PCR test, taken 96 hours before departure and completed 24 hours before the trip, the Traveler Health Declaration.
Due to the second wave of coronavirus, the Maldives “closed” to travelers from India, as well as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka back in mid-May. India is the second largest tourist market for the islands, accounting for 21% of tourist traffic, so the local tourist industry was relieved to decide to resume tourism from South Asia.
The same cannot be said about Russian tourists who were warned about the possibility of bringing a dangerous Indian variant of the coronavirus from vacation. The day before Head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said: “The Delta strain is the aftermath of a holiday in the Maldives, the United States and several EU countries, they already have
The travel industry took this statement with great concern: it was such warnings that foreshadowed the closure of Turkey in April 2021.On the other hand, in Turkey at that time, about 60 thousand new cases of coronavirus were recorded every day every day. In the Maldives on July 12, only 91 new cases were officially discovered, and there is no talk of a new wave of coronavirus.
At the same time, the Maldives remains one of the few year-round beach destinations available to Russians in the Indian Ocean. Since the beginning of the year, Russian tourists have become the leaders in terms of tourist flow to the republic, which, moreover, offers a fairly high-margin tourist product. The loss of such a direction will cause serious damage to the Russian tourist business, experts say.
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