Wish you were here: Tourism inches closer to relaunch

Maldives beach
The Maldives welcomed 500,000 visitors last year.

Just a few months ago, whether travellers to the Pacific would need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 was still a matter of debate. But that discussion has moved as quickly as the Delta variant, and it now seems fait accompli in at least some island destinations.

Although the World Health Organisation continues to advise that proof of COVID-19 vaccination should not be required as a condition of entry to or exit from a country, it recognises that individual countries may want to take a more precautionary approach.

Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) CEO, Chris Cocker, says it is treading carefully on this issue, and that it’s a hard one to address regionally.

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