65 percent of the Maldives tourism industry fully vaccinated

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Malé, Maldives – Tourism Ministry informs that 65 percent of the Maldives tourism industry workers are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, while 95 percent have received their first dose.

The Ministry of Tourism launched its initiative to vaccinate people in the tourism sector to develop an even safer environment for workers and visitors.

The Ministry says that Maldives is one of the safest destinations in the world, with over over 10 months of tourism sector Covid-19 management experience. Maldives also secured the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s Safety Stamp even before the Covid-19 vaccination campaign commenced for the industry.

The Safe Travels stamp allows travellers and other Travel & Tourism stakeholders to recognise destination authorities and companies around the world that have implemented health and hygiene protocols that are aligned with WTTC’s Global Safe Travels Protocols.

As of 29 May 2021, Maldives has received 449, 424 tourists, with 59,654 tourists arrivals recorded in May. Maldives welcomed 92,103 tourists in January, 96,882 in February, 109,585 in March, 91,200 in April of this year.

Maldives reopened its borders for tourists of all nationalities on 15th July 2020, with rigorous procedures in place to ensure the safety of tourists and tourism workers.

Tourists are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to their departure, as well as have a negative PCR test result, conducted 96 hours prior to their departure.

On 1st February 2021, Maldives initiated the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine, and the government aims to provide free Covid-19 vaccine to all citizens and residents of Maldives, regardless of their documentation status, in the upcoming months.

With the increase in vaccinations in the island nation, the Ministry foresees a better future for the tourism sector of Maldives in 2021.