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More than 5,000 Britons jetted to the Maldives in lockdown despite travel ban

The Maldives were visited by over 5,000 Britons who jetted away in lockdown to the popular holiday resort location.

Despite international travel being banned, the Ministry of Tourism in the sun-drenched South Asian state said 2,074 landed there in January and 3,126 in February.

They represented a 86 per cent fall in UK arrivals to the Maldives compared to pre-pandemic times, but were still puzzling as international tourism from the UK is illegal.

The details emerged as foreign sightseers also appeared to be starting to jet over to come back to English tourist attractions, including London.

Border Force figures show that of the 20,000 people arriving in Britain each day, 8,000 are tourists. 

Some flights are still operating to the Maldives…

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