There are more than 27,000 Maldivian resort workers.
Mo Salah has more than six million Twitter followers.
Sanctions were a last resort and action must be taken quickly, said a former Brussels official.
A decision to keep ballot boxes on just seven Maldives resorts sparked fury.
Europe held the largest regional market share for the first half of 2018.
Maldivian workers on resorts where there is no ballot box are expected to travel to nearby islands to cast their votes.
The Maldives housing minister took a swipe at the EU for approving sanctions.
Just seven Maldives resorts will have ballot boxes for local workers.
The three largest Chinese projects are together worth $1.5 billion and there will be repayment problems, a think-tank says.
The audit flagged eight points, including unlawful spending.
The money was not included in the state budget.
The rise comes from a June deadline to settle taxes.
Customers found their internet speed would drop to 256kbps after a fixed allowance.
The resort workers fear they will not be paid this month either.
China remains the top source market for tourists despite falling arrivals since 2015.
The average monthly salary for local resort workers is US$200-US$250.
The 27-year-old died after colliding with a dinghy propeller.