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The Maldives plans to offer Covid vaccines to tourists as a travel incentive


The Maldives is known for its white sandy beaches and clear seas (Picture: Getty Images)

If you’re not vaccinated and fancy a holiday, there’s a chance you could soon be able to get your jab in paradise.

Maldives authorities have revealed a plan to allow tourists to get the ‘3 Vs – Visit, Vaccinate, Vacation’ when they visit the island chain.

In an effort to boost tourism, which the archipelagic state relies on, government officials explained that holidaymakers will be able to get vaccinated there once all local residents have been offered the vaccine.

So far, about half of the 500,000-strong population has had their first dose, while 90% of Maldives frontline workers have had theirs.

‘The main idea of tourism being open is to provide a reasonably safe tourism with minimum inconvenience,’ Maldivian Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom said in an interview.

‘So once the country gets vaccinated, then we will move on to “3V” tourism.’

There’s been no timeline agreed for this just yet, but Mausoom confirmed that they already have enough vaccine supply for their whole population, so ‘once that is done… we will have enough.’

At present, travellers to the Maldives need to present a recent negative PCR test upon arrival, although previously double-dosed vaccinated visitors were able to skip this step.

For us, the journey to a Maldivian sun lounger still seems a way off. The government have yet to announce the countries included on their travel corridor list. This ‘green list’ will show which countries Brits can travel to without needing to quarantine.

Non-essential travel abroad is also currently not allowed, and won’t be until at least May 17.

However, when that joyous announcement comes, the Maldives’ tourism-friendly approach might make it a perfect pick for safety-conscious luxury lovers.

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