The European summer seems multifaceted and unpredictable in terms of holidays and travel regulations. There has been talk of the covid vaccination passport in the whole of the European Union. Or what in Israel they call a green passport. And in any case, it seems that the requirement of the vaccine – or failing that, a negative PCR – will be essential in many destinations.
However, Maldives, which was chosen the «Best Destination in the World» at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2020, she has gone one step further. As announced on CNBC by the Minister of Tourism of this country, Abdulla Mausoom, they plan to provide a Covid-19 vaccine to travelers when they arrive on vacation. This political person in charge did not specify any specific date, since -he pointed out- first the inhabitants of the country will have to receive their corresponding doses. To date, according to their data, about 53% of the population has already received the first dose, including 90% of its workers in the tourism sector.
Minister Abdulla Mausoom christened this strategy ‘3V’, which encourages tourists to «Visit, vaccinate and vacation».
Iberia will fly to Maldives in summer
Maldives is an expensive, exotic and exclusive destination. But this 1,200 island archipelago, less than a meter above the Indian Ocean, which is protected by one of the most beautiful coral walls on the planet, is back in fashion, as evidenced by the WTA award, the constant opening of hotels and decisions such as the of Iberia, which has applied for permits to fly two weekly frequencies to Maldives in the months of July and August. This route represents a change in the strategy that the company has developed so far in its long-haul network, as it is directed almost exclusively to the holiday segment and will be an operation, above all, of point-to-point traffic.
Tourism accounts for approximately 28% of the Maldives economy. Typically, it receives more than 1.7 million visitors each year. In 2020 there were 555,494 foreigners, a figure considered a success under the circumstances.
Maldives has also announced its participation in the next edition of Fitur, from May 19 to 23, at Feria de Madrid.
On April 16, the Maldives announced that it will allow fully vaccinated people to enter, without restrictions, two weeks after their second dose. Unvaccinated foreigners must have a negative PCR test prior to departure. Finally, once in the archipelago, you have to download a contact tracker application and use it during the trip.