With nations entering the phase of reopening, Maldives has decided to reopen its borders to tourists from July. The decision has been taken by President Ibrahim Solih’s government.
On the issue of opening the country’s economy, President Solih said that Maldives’ borders and resorts will reopen on July 15, while congregational prayers, schools and dine-in at restaurants and cafes will also resume in the same month.
On his decision to reopen the economy to save it from the dwindling effect caused by the coronavirus pandemic, President Solih said that Maldives has successfully contained the COVID-19 pandemic and has been cited as a safe destination by tourist markets in Germany and the UAE.
Maldives has been relatively successful in keeping confirmed cases below initial projections by health authorities that could be attributed to the country’s high testing rate.
The tourism sector in the country contributes 28 percent of GDP. President Solih is optimistic about the fact that the reopening of the tourism sector will help the economy recover from a two-month lock-down, which has brought business to a standstill.