As Maldives, A country in an archipelago of more than a thousand islands receives many rich Indians seeking refuge from the corona virus that is devastating their country, unlike other countries India.
In July last year, after three months of closure, the country reopened its airports in the Indian Ocean to foreign tourists.
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This week, unlike many countries that have closed borders for travelers from India, the Maldives government This introduced only minor changes to the rules for this audience.
Tourists from India can stay in hotels or boats, but according to the new guidelines they are not allowed to stay in the islands inhabited by local people.
“The geographical location of our islands helps reduce the risk of infection,” Toib Mohammed, director of the Tourism Secretariat, told AFP.
“Each small island has a unique and independent resort. Although we have some cases appearing here and there, we can keep them inside the resort without disclosing the locals.“, To explain.
Toip confirmed that the country has launched a vaccination campaign for 50,000 workers in the tourism sector and people working in services related to the hospitality industry.
“We want to be the first fully vaccinated tourism industry in the world,” Toi told AFP by phone. Nearly 90% of workers have already been vaccinated, he said.
Some media outlets have cited the Maldives’ intention to vaccinate foreign tourists. But officials say there are plans in this direction until all residents receive two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Chinese synoform vaccine.
More than two-thirds of the island’s 330,000 people have been vaccinated, according to the Ministry of Health.
Since the outbreak, more than 29,000 cases have been reported in the Maldives and 72 deaths from Kovit-19.
Haven of Bollywood stars
Toib said the number of Indian visitors had declined last week as a result of the unprecedented health crisis in India and the suspension of air links.
But Indians make up a large number of tourists in this archipelago.
Before the epidemic, they were in second place, behind the Chinese, in the top 10.
Over the past few weeks some Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt and her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor have been posting on Instagram photos while doing yoga at sunset at an archipelago resort.
According to local newspapers, private airlines are increasingly in demand for flights from India to Europe, the Middle East and the Maldives. Some groups rented planes together.
Rajan Mehra, director of Club One Air, a New Delhi-based private airline, said: “It’s not just the rich. “Those who can afford a private jet board private jets.”
In 2019, 1.7 million tourists visited the Maldives, 15% more than in 2018, the government said.
The epidemic was reduced to 555,000 visitors last year, but the sector hopes to recover. More than 380,000 foreign tourists have visited the country since the beginning of 2021.