Statistics have shown that the number of Russian and Ukrainian tourists visiting the Maldives has not changed much.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, 7,000 tourists visited the Maldives from Ukraine before Russia declared war on the country, and the country was among the top eight source markets for the Maldives. The most recent statistics show that the number of arrivals has not been significantly affected due to the war.

Figures show that 43,173 tourists had visited the Maldives from Russia as of March 9 this year, accounting for around 9% of arrivals. During the same period, 8,049 tourists visited the Maldives from Ukraine, about 2.5% of arrivals.

Although the figures do not indicate a drop in arrivals from Ukraine and Russia, a large part of the market has been lost. While all direct flights to the Maldives from both countries have been halted, experts believe this would have a serious impact on tourism.

The declared war on Ukraine effectively brought the Ukrainian market to a halt. International money transfer systems have blocked Russia, which has led to difficulties in carrying out financial transactions for Russians. As the whole world imposes sanctions on Russia, Russians face restrictions on traveling abroad.