No matter how much we talk about it, the COVID-19 pandemic will be mentioned in discussions about travel and tourism for a while longer, as the industry is still recovering from the lockdown following the global pandemic.
Many people had never experienced a global lockdown like the one that occurred in 2020, making this a one-of-a-kind experience that was both educational and challenging. While the lockdown was difficult for everyone due to the unfamiliarity of the situation, those who enjoyed the outdoors and travelling were especially affected when borders were closed, confining everyone into their homes.
It has now been more than two years since the pandemic, and China still does not have any direct flights to the Maldives since their lockdown began in 2019. As a result, there has been no Chinese tourists visiting the Maldives.
This was a significant change in the Maldives traveller market since China had been leading with a large number of visitors to the Maldives each year; however, following the lockdowns and disruption of direct flights to the Maldives, visitor rates from China dropped while other countries surpassed them.
However, as the travel and tourism industry recovers from the negative effects of COVID-19, direct flights from China to the Maldives may resume. Wang Lixin, the Chinese ambassador to the Maldives, announced this possible return while speaking on the '75 degree' program on Public Service Media (PSM). The ambassador stated that efforts are being made to resume direct flights from China to the Maldives as early as October.
The resumption of direct flights between the Maldives and China will remove the two-year travel barrier between these two countries.