Special insurance packages being established for tourists, says minister

Maldives Tourism Ministry has stated that the government is in discussion with insurance companies to provide an insurance package for tourists visiting the Maldives.

In an interview given to AVAS, Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom said the most important factor in building tourist arrival numbers is to establish trust. In this regard, the availability of an insurance product is extremely important, said the minister, adding that the government is currently in discussion with relevant companies.

The minister said a large number of people wish to travel to the Maldives once borders are opened in their respective countries, but the fact that there is no insurance coverage available in the midst of a global pandemic is worrying for most.

‘Insurance coverage cannot be availed at a time when governments are urging their citizens not to travel. Therefore, we seek to find a solution for this issue by creating our own package by working with local insurance companies. The companies have expressed interest regarding this,’ said the minister.

Dr. Maumoom said the ministry is working towards concluding work relating to the insurance package by October 15, the date on which local guest houses will be allowed to resume operation.

“We are hopeful that the insurance packages will be available before guest houses open its doors once again - this will be an extremely important goal,” he said.

Noting that such a package would be beneficial to tourists, insurance companies and the country alike, affordable insurance packages will take away worries of tourists during their travel, and allow them to have a relaxing experience, said the minister.