The Indian Ocean country has announced plans to offer vaccinations against the Covid-19 virus to island inhabitants on a tourist visa.
Travel in the time of Covid-19 is difficult, but the popular Indian Ocean tourist destination, the Maldives, is set on making it as easy – and safe – as possible by offering free vaccinations to visitors.
Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Abdulla Mausoom, announced plans to enable tourists to ‘Visit, Vaccinate, Vacation’ – dubbed the ‘3V’ plan. But the program is only set to roll out once the majority of citizens and residents of the Maldives have had their vaccinations.
Speaking of the program on CNBC, Mausoom said: “The main idea of tourism being open is to provide a reasonably safe tourism with minimum inconvenience… So, once the country gets vaccinated, then we will move on to ‘3V’ tourism.”
The plan is to continue to incentivise visitors to its 1000-plus islands, competing with neighbouring countries in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius, for example, is offering free vaccinations to long term visitors.
According to Our World In Data, as of April 16, 2021, a total of 51.4 per cent of people have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, while 6.5 per cent of the Maldivian population has been fully vaccinated.
Currently, entry is permitted to travellers who have a negative PCR result valid within 72 hours before time of travel, or fully vaccinated visitors.
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