Authorities in Maldives have announced that all tourists would receive the Covid-19 vaccine upon arrival. The measure is part of a plan in that country that aims to continue to bring visitors to the Maldives safely. The announcement was made by Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism, and is based on a 3-V strategy: Visit, Vaccinate and Vacation.
The 3V strategy, which encourages tourists to visit, vaccinate, and vacation, will provide a more convenient way to visit the countryAbdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism of The Maldives
At this moment, any traveler who wants to enter the country must present a negative PCR test and proof of hotel reservation. Another of the measures that will soon be implemented is free transit for those who can prove that they have already been vaccinated.
The plan for vaccinating tourists is not yet outlined, since the first goal is to ensure that the entire population is vaccinated and only then move forward with this idea presented by the government.
According to Reuters’ vaccination tracker, more than 50% of the island nation’s approximately 530,000 residents have received their first dose, some of whom conform 90% of front-line tourism, namely hotels. Abdulla Mausoom did not confirm whether the vaccination will be free of charge, but said that the number of doses needed would not be a problem.
I don’t think supply’s a problem in Maldives because our population is relatively small. The quota we get from the various organizations and friendly nations also will helpAbdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism of The Maldives
Tourism is one of the main drivers of the country’s economy. This year the forecast is to reach 1.5 million visitors, which will be a below average number.