To revive the tourism economy, countries are trying a variety of approaches to welcome new tourists.
Indeed, three main trends are emerging:
- Confining tourists to hotels
- Testing tourists when they arrive in the country
- Open only in 2020 soon
We will take a closer look at the Maldives.
- The announcement by the Prime Minister of the Maldives
- What are the restrictions imposed by the Maldives?
- Isn’t this very restrictive plan going to scare away tourists?
I. The announcement by the Prime Minister of the Maldives
The Minister of Tourism in the Maldives, Ali Waheed presented a plan to welcome tourists.
From 1 July 2020, commercial flights are expected to resume service.
It should be remembered that in this country, 28% of the GDP is linked to tourism.
1.7 million tourists visited the Maldives last year.
The objective of this plan is to make the Maldives a safe destination without COVID.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has recorded fewer than 1,500 cases and five deaths.
II. What are the restrictions imposed by the Maldives?
The plan proposed by Ali Waheed is ambitious and very comprehensive.
But isn’t it too restrictive for tourism?
Let’s take a closer look.
– Travelers will need to apply for a tourist visa in advance, for $100 (previously, many countries did not require a visa).
– Visas would only be granted to those who have a confirmed reservation for a minimum of 14 nights and travel insurance.
– Travelers will be required to present a negative antigen test or a positive antibody test up to one week before arrival.
– Travelers will be charged $100 for an additional PCR test upon arrival in Male.
– Chinese Guests should be confined to their quarters until the results of their tests are released, which would take three to 12 hours.
III. Isn’t this very restrictive plan going to scare off the tourists?
Although health takes precedence over everything else, aren’t some of the clauses abusive?
Let’s take the minimum stay of 14 days, not everyone can afford to have that much free time and those who can afford it, do they want to spend 14 days in the country.
This is the most comprehensive plan we have seen of any country, perhaps wrongly so.
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As a result of these precautions, it seems very likely that no one will have COVID-19 on the flight to the Maldives, that it will not be there, and that it will not be there when it leaves.
I will be curious to see whether this plan will be formalized, as it seems unlikely that it will achieve the objectives set by the Maldives to welcome a significant number of visitors again.