United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President-elect and current Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid, who is visiting India, said on Thursday that any tourist with a negative COVID-19 PCR test can visit the Maldives.

In an exclusive interview with ANI, Shahid in responding to a question about the current tourism situation said: “We are ready to receive everyone in the Maldives, we have very strict sanitary protocols in place. Any tourist who comes to the Maldives with a PCR test can enter the Maldives, they have been escorted to the islands under these strict protocols and guidelines. “

The Maldives have given priority, the highest priority to make tourists feel at home. As a result of the policy, 98 percent of those working at tourist resorts are now vaccinated with two doses, the Maldives’ foreign minister said.

He added, “So tourists, our guests can be in the resorts with the comfort of the people who serve them, the people they come into contact with, the fully vaccinated people. “

Earlier, following the second wave of COVID-19, several countries imposed travel restrictions on Indian travelers, including the Maldives.

However, last month, after reviewing the current situation and the declining number of cases, the Maldives resumed visa on arrival for South Asian countries, including India, from July 15.

This is Abdullah Shahid’s first visit to a country after being elected UNGA President on June 7.

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