More than two months after the Maldives government eased restrictions on foreigners coming into the country, visitors will be allowed to visit the island nation’s capital city of Serangoon from Singapore.
The announcement by the government comes two weeks after the island state announced it was allowing foreigners to come into the nation for the first time since independence from British colonial rule in 1962.
Tourism officials announced Thursday that foreigners would be allowed into the city from September 5, the same day Singapore’s prime minister announced a similar restriction on visitors from the island country.
The Maldives, a wealthy archipelago of 1,200 islands, is the last remaining British overseas colony to be officially part of the new nation.
Maldives has a population of more than 2.5 million people and was created in 1962 when British forces overthrew the Muslim-majority government.
The announcement on Thursday came a week after the United States imposed travel restrictions on the Maldivian government following the killing of two American aid workers in southern Thailand.
The United States also said it would suspend visa programs for American citizens in the Maldive for 30 days and would impose sanctions on foreign companies that provide aid to the island.
The U.S. embassy in the capital, Serangoons, said in a statement that the announcement “reflects the need for a rapid resolution of the crisis and reflects the Maldibians willingness to move forward with bilateral and multilateral consultations.”
“The U of S stands ready to provide any assistance necessary to facilitate a quick and transparent resolution of this matter,” the embassy said.
The government in Singapore announced last month that it would permit foreign tourists to enter the island city from Singapore beginning Sept. 5.