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Maldives tests waters by opening resorts to COVID-weary tourists

No quarantine and free 30-day visas to greet visitors from July 15

The country's tourist industry has recovered from disasters before and hopes the new measures will revive sinking visitor numbers.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The Maldives is wading into unchartered waters as it restarts efforts to lure visitors to its necklace of remote, luxury island resorts, highlighting the idyllic isolation of the Indian Ocean and fewer entry restrictions in a novel approach to promote travel to virus-weary tourists.

At least 10 international airlines have reportedly lined up to resume flights to Velana International Airport, the country's international gateway, when the South Asian archipelago reopens for foreign holidaymakers on July 15. These include Asian carriers SriLankan Airlines and Singapore Airlines along with Middle Eastern carriers Emirates and Qatar Airways, according to travel industry sources.

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