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Maldives to reopen borders to tourists on July 15

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 24, 2020
The Maldives will reopen its borders to tourists next month, President Ibrahim Solih was cited by local media.
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President Solih told a press conference in his office that Maldives' borders and resorts will be reopened on July 15, while congregational prayers, school classes and dine-in at restaurants and cafes will also resume in the same month.

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Maldives has successfully contained the coronavirus pandemic and has been cited as a safe destination by tourist markets in Germany and the UAE, he said.

Solih expressed hope that the reopening of the country's tourism, which contributes 28 percent of GDP, will help the economy recover from a two-month lockdown which brought business to a standstill.

Maldives imposed restrictions on passengers coming from or transiting through coronavirus affected countries in early March. On March 27, issuing of visas on-arrival was halted.

The country has maintained a high testing rate relative to its population and plans to increase testing facilities further, he added.

Solih thanked frontline health workers for their role in containing the pandemic and private resort operators for offering their properties to be used as isolation facilities and intensive care units.

Maldives has 2,217 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of which 1,813 patients have made full recoveries and eight have died according to the Health Protection Agency. The country has a recovery rate of 81.8 percent and a mortality rate of 0.4 percent.