On 16 March 2021, Tourism Ministry has signed a lease agreement with FEDO Private Limited to develop a 100-room hotel in the thun’di area of Kelaa.
The signing ceremony was held at the Tourism Ministry, and Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom and MP of Kelaa Constituency, Ibrahim Shareef participated in the ceremony.
Local guesthouses and hotels are perfect for holidaymakers who want to enjoy a piece of paradise on a budget. In addition, it assist local islanders in terms of finance and increased employment prospects, and in many cases it has also improved some social aspects too. The local island also offer travellers an authentic cultural experience showing the traditional way of life of Maldivians. The new hotel is set to open additional job opportunities for local.
As of 15th March 2021, 238,533 tourist has arrived the island nation, with India ranking the leading tourist source market position, followed by Russia. These two countries has been the leading tourist source markets in 2020. Other leading individual markets include Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Maldives reopened borders to all nationalities from 15th July 2020. All visitors are granted a 30-day free on-arrival visa with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country. While there is no mandatory quarantine or testing on arrival, tourists traveling to Maldives are required to complete an online health declaration form and provide a negative PCR test result taken at least 96 hours prior to their departure. The negative PCR test result must be attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online via IMUGA (www.imuga.immigration.gov.mv), by all arriving passengers before arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time).