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06.02.2024

China has overtaken India as the largest tourist market for the Maldives. 06.02.2024

Following a diplomatic scandal between Male and Delhi, Indian tourists began boycotting holidays on the islands in the Indian Ocean. Official statistics from the Maldives Ministry of Tourism show that the region received 16,536 Indian visitors at the beginning of February. In comparison, 23,972 tourists (11.2% market share) have flown in from China, making it the country with the highest number of arrivals. It is worth noting that Maldives’ new President Maizzou recently visited Beijing, which led to the island nation being added to the list of countries with which China intends to sign a mutual visa co-operation agreement. Thanks to the rapid reorientation of the Maldives’ tourism industry, it has managed to maintain high growth rates and avoid financial losses. The current president has announced the opening of 20 new resort zones in the archipelago in 2024.

Currency exchange rate MVR to USD

Updated 28.02.2024

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Country’s borders status

Borders are open. Currently there are no imposed COVID-related restrictions.

National holidays in the Maldives in 2024

Public holidays and festivals in the Maldives in 2024. Non-working days:

  • January 1, Monday: New Year (އައު އަހަރު);
  • March 11, Monday: First Day of Ramadan (ރަމަޟާން މަހުގެ ފުރަތަމަ ދުވަހެވެ);
  • April 10, Wednesday: Eid ul-Fitr (ފިތުރު އީދުގައެވެ);
  • from April 11 to April 12, from Thursday to Friday: Eid ul-Fitr (ފިތުރު އީދުގައެވެ);
  • May 1, Wednesday: Labor Day (ލޭބަރ ޑޭ);
  • June 15, Saturday: Hajj Day (ހައްޖު ދުވަހު);
  • June 16, Sunday: Eid al-Adha (އަޟްޙާ ޢީދެވެ);
  • June 17, Monday: Eid al-Adha (އަޟްޙާ ޢީދެވެ);
  • June 18, Tuesday: Eid al-Adha (އަޟްޙާ ޢީދެވެ);
  • June 19, Wednesday: Eid al-Adha (އަޟްޙާ ޢީދެވެ);
  • July 7, Sunday: Islamic New Year (އިސްލާމީ އާއަހަރެވެ);
  • July 26, Friday: Independence Day (މިނިވަން ދުވަހު);
  • July 27, Saturday: Independence Day (މިނިވަން ދުވަހު);
  • September 4, Wednesday: National Day (ގައުމީ ދުވަހެވެ);
  • September 15, Sunday: Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (މުޙައްމަދު ނަބިއްޔާގެ އުފަންދުވަހެވެ);
  • from October 5 to October 6, from Saturday to Sunday: The Day Maldives Embraced Islam (މޯލްޑިވްސް އިސްލާމްދީން ގަބޫލުކުރި ދުވަސް);
  • November 3, Sunday: Victory Day (ނަޞްރުގެ ދުވަސް);
  • November 11, Monday: Republic Day (ޖުމްހޫރީ ދުވަހު).

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