Maldives to offer Covid vaccines to tourists when they arrive on the islands

The Maldives are set to launch a scheme offering Covid-19 vaccinations to tourists arriving to the islands for holidays.

The country’s tourism minister Abdulla Mausoom revealed that the holiday hotspot has a ‘3V’ strategy aiming to encourage tourists to ‘visit, vaccinate and vacation’ on the island resorts.

Tourists would be offered both doses of the vaccine – meaning that you’d need to book a holiday for a few weeks.

However, Mr Mausoom told CNBC that the islands, which are open to tourists, are already seeing people coming for longer stays and ‘workations’.

Family on beach, young couple with three year old boy. Summer vacation at Maldives.
The Maldives are one of those dream holiday destinations

At the moment to enter the Maldives, you need to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival, taken within 96 hours of travel.

However, the tourism authorities announced today (April 16) that fully vaccinated guests who have received their second dose of a Covid jab at least 14 days before travel won’t need to show proof of a test.

The minister didn’t reveal a timeline for when the scheme could launch, adding that first the local population would need to receive their first and second doses before jabs were given out to tourists.

It’s also not clear whether you would need to pay for the jabs.

Tropical Luxury Resort Island and lagoon, Maldives, Indian Ocean.
Over-the-water villas and pristine beaches await

The Maldives aren’t the only holiday spot pulling out the stops in a bid to entice holidaymakers back.

For example, earlier this week Malta announced that it would pay tourists to visit this summer, provided they booked into hotels on the island.

Meanwhile a number of countries have launched new visas for remote workers allowing for extended stays for up to a year including the likes of Barbados, Mauritius and Croatia.

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St Lucia was the latest destination to offer a scheme of this nature, launching an extended stay programme allowing both remote workers and tourists to enjoy a break on the Caribbean island for up to six weeks.

Currently non-essential travel is still banned as part of UK lockdowns. The earliest foreign travel could resume is May 17, with the government expected to unveil which destinations will be on the ‘green list’ for Brits in early May.

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