The Maldives is a tropical Indian Ocean nation made up of 26 ring-shaped atolls made up of over 1,000 coral islands.
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The Maldives are an archipelagic country in South Asia in the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 750 kilometers (470 mi; 400 nautical miles) from mainland Asia. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south (across the equator).
Until the early 1970s, the Maldives remained largely unknown to tourists, only 189 islands are home to their 447,137 inhabitants. The other islands are used exclusively for economic purposes, of which tourism and agriculture are the dominant ones. Tourism accounts for 28% of GDP and over 60% of Maldives’ foreign exchange earnings. More than 90% of government tax revenue comes from import taxes and tourism-related taxes.
The development of tourism has fueled the overall growth of the country’s economy. It created direct and indirect jobs and income opportunities in other related sectors. The first tourist resorts opened in 1972 with Bandos Island Resort and Kurumba Village (current name is Kurumba Maldives), which transformed the economy of the Maldives.
The holiday island of Landaa Giraavaru (Baa Atoll)
According to the Ministry of Tourism, the advent of tourism in 1972 transformed the economy, quickly shifting from reliance on fishing to tourism. In just three and a half decades, industry has become the main source of income. Tourism was also the country’s largest foreign exchange earner and the largest contributor to GDP. In 2008, 89 resorts in the Maldives offered over 17,000 beds and welcomed over 600,000 tourists annually. In 2019, more than 1.7 million visitors came to the islands.
The number of resorts increased from 2 to 92 between 1972 and 2007. In 2007, more than 8,380,000 tourists visited the Maldives.
The country has six Maldives Coral Mosques listed as UNESCO Tentative Sites.
- COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures
- Travel Health Declaration: All travelers wishing to travel to the Maldives must complete and submit a Travel Health Declaration online within 24 hours of flying to the Maldives. The form can be found at (imuga.immigration.gov.mv)
- Tourist Visa: This visa is granted subject to a valid negative PCR test. It has a maximum validity of 30 days. Two copies of the travel health declaration (arrival and departure) as well as a confirmed hotel reservation and a confirmed return ticket must be presented.
- Airport Measures upon Arrival: All arriving passengers must wear a mask at all times, keep their distance, and practice regular hand hygiene. They will also be subjected to a temperature check at the arrivals terminal. In addition, passengers are advised to download and use the contact tracing app “TraceEkee” for easier contact tracing.
- Everyday Breakfast
- All Dinners
- Additional Services
- Comp. beach towels/sunbeds
- Comp coffee/water in the room
- Comp. WIFI
- Comp washroom amenities
- Government Tax
- Whale watching tour
- Evening fishing
- Submarine tour