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The Maldives has been one of the steadiest and most reliable options for wow factor travel during covid-19. The country has remained steadfast with a simple entry policy requiring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, and that pretty much been it.

The country even launched a ‘world first’ loyalty program to make return visitors feel even more welcome with extra perks, while other countries leave lucrative and long missed tourists with 6 hours immigration queues on arrival.

Now, it’s taking reasons to travel to another level, with plans to offer vaccine to anyone arriving in the Maldives without one, once vaccinating the local population is complete. Effective today, all travelers arriving with proof of covid-19 vaccination are now able to enter without testing requirements too.

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Maldives Eases Travel Restrictions

The Maldives will allow vaccinated travelers to enter the country without obtaining a covid-19 test prior to flight, provided they’ve waited at least 14 days since the date of their final required dose. No quarantine will be required, either.

It’s worth noting that some airlines, or countries of transit may require a negative PCR test anyway, so be sure to factor this into any transit plans to reach these glamorous island atolls. Plenty of airlines and transit airports won’t, but it’s good to know.

Maldives To Offer Vaccine On Arrival

The Maldives has a strong supply of covid-19 vaccine and is already over 50% done vaccinating its population, with at least one dose.

Though a specific date has not been given, Abdulla Mausoom, Tourism Minister of The Maldives stated to CNBC that once all in the country who want vaccine access have received it, the Maldives will begin to offer vaccination on arrival for tourists who are finding appointments back home tough to come by.

Yep, vaccine tourism is going to be “a thing”, and you’ll be able to get it right away in the Maldives, at some point in the semi near future.

For now, all vaccinated traveler can enjoy easier entry into the country immediately, with fewer hoops to jump through and unvaccinated travelers can still enjoy a getaway to paradise, with a simple PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

If you’re sitting on a boat load of points, or cash, there’s never been a better time to give the Maldives a go!

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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