The Maldives is planning to offer visitors the chance to get vaccinated when they take a holiday to the island.
To encourage tourism, the country’s tourism ministry has announced a 3V project, inviting travellers to ‘visit, vaccinate and vacation’, but only after all local residents have had both vaccine doses.
The Maldives is allowing restriction-free travel to those who have had both doses of the vaccine. Those fully vaccinated do not have to take PCR tests as long as it is over 14 days since the second vaccination. Other tourists arriving in the Maldives need to provide negative PCR test results taken within 96 hours prior to departure
The country is dependent on tourism, with 1.7 million visitors in 2019, and has set an ambitious target for 2021 of 1.5 million. It is a leading health tourism destination.
Over half of the local population of 541,000 residents have received their first vaccination dose. The government will wait until the entire population has received its first and second shot before opening to vaccine tourism.
The tourism ministry has to wait for the Health Protection Agency to allow the scheme. As well as vaccinations at the border, the Maldives will soon begin allowing restriction-free travel to those who have had both doses of the vaccine.
The country has received donations of vaccines from China and India, plus has bought supplies from Singapore.