Ukrainian travel agencies and agents have collectively called on the Maldivian tourism industry to provide support and assistance to Ukrainian travelers currently stranded in the island nation.

The call from Ukrainian travel agencies came at a time when the country is facing problems with financial transactions and a general aviation lockdown.

Ukrainian travel professionals have asked the Maldivian government and the tourism industry to extend hospitality to its travelers for “a few days” until the situation subsides.

Meanwhile, the managing director of Resort Life, a Maldivian travel agency operating in Ukraine, Mr. Mohamed Shaaz Ali, told Mihaaru News that the country was among the top contributors to the Maldivian tourism industry amid the crisis. Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in 2020.

In his statement, it was time for the Maldives to “return the favor”.

Ali said some Maldivian tourist properties have started hosting stranded Ukrainian travelers for free, while he added that the same hospitality should be extended to stranded Russian travelers amid chaotic geopolitical tensions.

Following the Russian President’s call for ‘military exercises’ in Ukraine, which later escalated into war, the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism began efforts to help stranded travellers, including facilitating visa extensions , as well as safe travel options to nearby destinations closer to their respective homes and cheaper lodging or lodging options.

Recent statistics from the Ministry of Tourism put the number of Ukrainian travelers stranded in the Maldives at between 750 and 800, while Tourism Minister Dr Abdulla Mausoom said the state body would receive accurate data tomorrow.