The Maldives has announced plans to reopen to tourists in July and the Indian Ocean destination will not charge visitors additional fees.

The country’s Ministry of Tourism said borders will open in just over a month four months after it suspended arrivals on March 27.

A statement said: “The Maldives looks forward to welcome you back to the sunny side of life!

“We are planning to reopen our border to visitors in July 2020. We also want to assure our guests that they will not be charged any additional fees to enter the Maldives.

“We hope to see you soon on these sandy shores.”

Maldives is expected to issue permit for resorts to open once international flights to Velana International Airport resume in July.

Health and safety protocols and guidelines for the safe operation of hospitality and transportation businesses have been drawn up with experts.

The World Bank has forecast the Maldives would be the worst-hit economy in the South Asian region due to the COVID-19 pandemic.