The peak of tourism in the Maldives was maintained by the influx of travelers from India, according to the stats.
2021 proved to be a monumental year for the industry as minimal post-covid travel restriction allowed for travelers from all over the globe to vacation in the safe haven of the archipelago. The Indian market, from the most affluent Bollywood stars to adventurous budget travelers, dominated over 22% of the total tourist arrivals of the year. That is a whopping 90% of the 341,000 travelers from the Asia & the Pacific region, and close to 300,000 from the total of 1.2 million tourists to Maldives!
A number of favorable conditions played a major role in this pivot towards Maldives becoming the ‘must-visit’ destination on every Indian’s travel bucket list.
The increasing frequency of direct flight connections between the Maldives and India has made these islands more accessible than ever, from not more than merely a few hours-long flights. 4 scheduled and 1 charter airlines currently operate flights from prominent hubs in India, such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai, to the Maldives.
All tourists are only required to present only a negative PCR test taken 96-hours prior to flight, a more flexible duration than the mandated 72 hours. Tourists to the Maldives receive on-arrival visa of 30-days to spend their time in tourist accommodations in the across the country.