Maldives Opens Fully to International Travelers
Maldives has become the first South Asian country to drop all its travel restrictions and fully open up for international travelers.
The Hindu reported today that Maldives lifted its health emergency after two years of pandemic and has eased COVID restrictions. The story wrote:
The Maldives on Sunday lifted its health emergency, declared at the beginning of the pandemic two years ago, and relaxed the mandatory mask policy, amid wide vaccine coverage and a low positivity rate.
Popular travel website Kayak also showed Maldives as the latest country to be fully open for travelers from United States. Fully open countries do not require vaccination certificate or negative COVID test result to be allowed entry. Thus the Kayak page notes that most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter the Maldives. Visitors from the United States are not required to quarantine after entering the Maldives.
Maldives is an island country in the Indian Ocean with a population of half a million people, and is known for its beautiful beaches and island resorts. Holidify recommends the archipelago of Maldives as ideal for an adventure, honeymoon, or leisure holiday. Tourism is the main industry and a major contributor to the country’s economy.
With the opening international tourists without COVID restrictions, Maldives has become the 16th country worldwide to drop the restrictions like vaccination, testing, and quarantine. Other major countries that have opened so far include Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Hungary, and Iceland. 167 countries are still open to international travelers with one or more kind of restrictions while 43 countries including Sweden, China, and Japan are closed to international travelers.