Operation of safari boats

Gov't permits operation of 95 safari boats

  • 76 safari boats have begun operating thus far
  • 17 safari boats will begin operations in September
  • Arrangements have been made in Hulhumalé to conduct PCR testing on safari tourists

K. Male' 2020 Aug 29 | Sat 16:57 business 2,749

Safari boats in Maldives - Mohamed Fazeen

The Ministry of Tourism has issued permits to restart operations for a total of 95 safari boats.

The National Boating Association of Maldives (NBAM) revealed that 76 safari boats have already begun operating across the Maldives.

Further, 17 safari boats are to begin operations during the upcoming month.

NBAM revealed that two safari boats are scheduled to begin operating within October.

While the government has begun issuing approval to begin operating safari boats, they will be observing whether the set guidelines are followed.

Safari operators are required to submit their safari operating licenses and a tax clearance form from the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) along with the declaration form to the tourism ministry.

The association has urged safari operators to seek permits prior to the publication of a schedule of safari services at the ministry as hindrances may surface in acquiring declaration forms if there are pending tax payments at MIRA.

At a time the government has begun permitting safaris to operate across the nation, a lot of efforts are being implemented to ensure the safety of tourists since the country reopened borders for international travel on July 15.

As such, arrangements have been made in Hulhumalé to conduct PCR testing on safari tourists and tourists as well as crew onboard safari boats have been banned from entering inhabited islands.

Last updated at: 1 month ago | Reviewed by: Simaha Naseem

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