In a press conference hosted by Allied Insurance and the Maldivian tourism ministry, Tourism Minister Dr Abdulla Mausoom introduced the insurance plan.
The policy consists of two options – Allied Inbound and Allied Inbound Plus – covering charges for services including isolation costs, medical treatment, emergency medical transportation and interment that may follow a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 during a stay in the Maldives.
Plan developed to be affordable for travellers
The plan only includes isolation centres that were approved by the Maldivian Health Protection Agency (HPA). Travellers must apply online for the plan before their arrival – any foreigner entering the country on a tourist visa will be eligible for the plan.
Allied Insurance said the policy was designed to be affordable for tourists. The rates are currently the lowest rates in the region, it added.
Cutting down boundaries faced by tourism industry
“By the launch of this policy, Allied Insurance company hopes to cut down further boundaries faced by businesses in the tourism industry and to provide a safe operational environment for their businesses and the society further increasing job opportunities in this industry,” Managing Director Mohamed Shafaz said.
The Maldives reopened its borders to visitors on July 15. There is no mandatory quarantine or testing on arrival, but tourists have to complete an online health declaration form and provide a negative PCR test result taken at least 72 hours prior to their departure.
Visitors with symptoms of Covid-19, or those travelling with someone who has similar symptoms, are tested at their own expense.