Maldives offers COVID-19 vaccines to tourists on vacation

The tropical destination hopes to lure visitors back as part of its "visit, vaccinate, vacation" plan, where people can stay for several weeks at one of its resorts to get two doses.
2:43 | 04/20/21

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We're back with a popular travel spot offering visitors a covid-19 vaccine as they step off the plane. This as airline ticket sales rise to 82% from February to March. Transportation correspondent gio Benitez is at the Manhattan cruise terminal with more for good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, robin, good morning, yeah, travel is definitely picking up. Nearly 10 million people took to the skies just last week. Now some destinations are looking to the future with vaccines. This morning, the Maldives, the tourist Mecca known for its crystal clear turquoise wears wants to be known for visit, vaccinate, vacation. Offering vaccines to visitors. 1.7 million people visited the Maldives in 2019. That fell to under 500,000 last year. Now, they are hoping people will stay for several weeks to get two doses of the vaccine while staying at one of the 500 resorts and guest houses open right now. The offer won't kick in until all of its residents are vaccinated. Right now more than half of the country has received the vaccine. And other destinations have the same idea. Even in the U.S. Nevada has already vaccinated move than 57,000 visitors. And Alaska proposing to start offering vaccines in June at 4 major airports to anyone visiting. You come to visit Alaska, you get a shot. We'll have things set up at the airport and we'll help you out. So that's probably another good reason to come to the state of Alaska in the summer. They say there are plenty of doses to go around, but the proposal needs to be approved by state legislators. Vaccines are getting a lot of play in the travel industry. Some of the biggest cruise lines like royal caribbean, celebrity, norwegianen and virgin voyages all requiring vaccinations before boarding caribbean cruises this summer. Now, we should tell you the state department is about to place nearly 80% of the countries worldwide on its do not travel list and the CDC is asking you not to travel internationally until you've been fully vaccinated, robin. Gio, do you know which type of vaccine is being made available if you go to the Maldives? Reporter: So you know what, robin, if you go overseas you may not be getting one of the vaccines authorized for use in so they're getting them donated have China, India and the world health organization so that's something you need to keep in mind. Thank you very much. You were there in 2018. We went in 2019. 2022. I'm in. I'm in. You're in. Give you something to look

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