Ministry of Tourism announces that tourists will not be charged additional fees to enter the Maldives when the country’s tourism restarts. The Ministry is planning to open borders in the month of July and is preparing the draft guidelines for Safe Tourism.
The first draft by the Ministry included a licensing fee of USD 50,000 applicable for the issuance of the safe tourism license along with USD 100 visa fee and a $100 charge for a compulsory PCR Test upon arrival. Further, charter flights and private jets were to be charged a landing fee of USD 50,000 while super yachts entry fee was at USD 10,000.
However, these fees have been waived off based on the feedback from industry’s stakeholders. It was informed by the Minsitry that the revised guidelines will be finalized before 1st of June.
On 21st May, Ministry of Tourism held a discussion with MATI, MACL and Visit Maldives, MCAA and Technical Advisory Group on "Guideline to Restart Maldives Tourism". Further, Minister Ali Waheed also discussed the plan to open Maldives Tourism with the Secretary General of World Tourism Organisation. Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili assured that UNWTO will give technical assistance to the "Guideline to Restart Maldives Tourism".