An aerial view of an island in the Maldives

The Republic of Maldives just made a gamble for its tourist-driven economy.

Most countries closed their borders when the coronavirus started claiming the lives of people.

However, the archipelago of Maldives took a different approach and opened its islands wide to tourists, Al Jazeera reported.

Adios, Due Diligence

Without a doubt, the tourism-dependent country threw caution to the wind since July 15 and welcomed visitors.

The Republic of Maldives even declared that the guests are not required to have negative results to gain entry.

Furthermore, the nation would not require visitors to undergo any quarantine procedures.

The tourism sector labeled the open door policy as “courageous” as well as somewhat “crazy.”

There is Nowhere Safer

Abdulla Mausoom, the newly-appointed tourism minister, thinks otherwise and is certain the archipelago “needs tourism,” according to Al Jazeera.

Mausoom said, if “tourism stops,” the Maldives will be at a standstill.

The tourism veteran is “confident” that the “geography” will enable them to “ensure the safety” of the travelers.

It’s common knowledge that 1,192 coral islands of Maldives, are peppered like ring chains across the Earth’s center.

Apart from this, the high-end 156 resorts are on private islands.

The tourism minister, without a doubt, couldn’t think of any “place safer.”

The Maldives Took a U-Turn 

In several areas, the Maldivian government built intensive care units and stepped up testing facilities.

Due to minor outbreaks in some resorts, the government retracted its previous statement.

The Maldives now require tourists to have negative results within 72 hours before entering.

The country has a population of 450,000 and has 10,000 cases. 

Despite this, the World Travel and Tourism Council certified the Maldives a safe destination as it only recorded 34 deaths.

A doctor wears a mask with the Maldives' flag

Implemented Measures by Resorts 

Resorts in the Maldives took matters in their own hands, such as Summer Island, which went paperless, reports Al Jazeera.

For guests check-in, Summer Island relied on digital tools and even for accessing restaurant menus.

On the other hand, Coco Bodu Hithi required temperature screenings of guests daily.

Coco Bodu Hithi would even leave its villas unoccupied for 24 hours before it allows new guests to check-in.

How Are Things Going? 

With its open border and enhanced safety measures, the official figures indicate that the Maldives is not doing so well.

Only 18,596 people have visited, three months after the country widely opened its doors as opposed to 141,000 tourists a month pre-pandemic.

The issue is that governments worldwide have qualms about letting their citizens go on a holiday, according to Mausoom.


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