As travel begins to increase following the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the world, the Maldives has announced a new incentive for tourists – offering jabs upon arrival.

In an interview with CNBC, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, the Tourism Minister for the Maldives highlighted the country’s ‘3V strategy’ designed for a convenient method for travellers to “visit, vaccinate and vacation”.

This archipelago nation appears to be one of the first vacationing spots in the world to entice visitors to get the COVID-19 jab, as it aims to make it available for tourists, once their entire local population has received the vaccine.

When questioned about the island nation’s supply of vaccine, Mausoom explained, “I don’t think supply’s a problem in the Maldives because our population is relatively small.”

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While keeping in line with the county’s safety rules and precautionary measures, Mausoom also mentioned that 90 per cent of all the tourism frontline workers in the Maldives have been fully vaccinated, with about half of the population having received their first dose at minimum.

Known for its pristine views and serene beaches, the country has always had a major portion of its income stream derived from the tourism industry and with the pandemic affecting this, the country is reviving itself by setting the target of now achieving 1.5 million visitors by the end of the year.

At present, for entry into the Maldives, a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result. The test must be conducted within 96 hours of departure.

As per the usual norm amid the pandemic, social distancing measures must be followed and masks must be worn when required with regular sanitization needed. For all the necessary information pertaining to travel with all the latest rules and restrictions head to

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