99% of Resort Employees Given First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine and 25% of them Fully Vaccinated, Reports Ministry of Tourism

Photo: Emerald Maldives Resort
PUBLISHED May 04, 2021

Ministry of Tourism has revealed that 99% of hospitality industry workers has received the first dose of vaccine while a 25% of them have fully vaccinated since the administration of COVID-19 vaccine in the Maldives.  

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives is now a much safer destination for tourists after over 9 months of COVID management measures implemented. The Ministry had recently put forth the goal of presenting the Maldives as the world’s first fully vaccinated tourism sector under ‘I’m Vaccinated’ campaign.  

Ensuring Maldives to remain as one of the safest destinations, a fully vaccinated tourism sector will become an added advantage to encouraging tourists to visit the destination in addition to the already implemented stringent health and safety measures as well as the unique geographical formation of the islands which offer natural physical distancing.  

Maldives initiated the administration of COVID-19 vaccine on February 1, 2021 with the aim of providing free COVID-19 vaccines to all citizens and residents of the country. As of 15th April 2021, 277،522 people in the Maldives have received the first dose of the vaccine with 34,531 receiving the second dose. The vaccination drive is bound to offer hope to the local population, as well as ensure the safety of tourists. 

From May 3, 2021, all inbound travelers are once again obliged to produce a PCR negative result with a sample taken 96 hours prior to their departure to the Maldives, even if vaccinated. The announcement by Maldives Immigration is to be followed by Maldivians, tourists and work visa holders as well. However, children below one year is exempt from submitting the PCR negative test result.

PCR negative test result must be attached while completing the online Traveler Health Declaration (THD) form via “IMUGA” Portal, (https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd/), which has to be submitted within 24 hours prior to departure to the Maldives.


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