The Covid-19 pandemic has forced most countries across the world to shut their borders to travellers, and any countries still open to visitors might be hard-pressed to find people willing to actually travel.
But Uzbekistan wants tourists to know it’s extremely safe to visit: in fact, it’s willing to bet $4,370 on it.
“The government is so confident that the new safety and hygiene measures being implemented across the tourism sector will protect tourists from COVID-19, that the President is prepared to put money where his mouth is: if you get COVID-19 on holiday in Uzbekistan, we will compensate you,” said Sophie Ibbotson, Uzbekistan’s tourism ambassador to the UK.
The country’s ‘Safe Travel Guaranteed’ campaign is offering travellers US$3,000 (AU$4,370) if they become infected with Covid-19 whilst travelling there.
For travellers to get the money however, the tour operator they travel with must only use the hotels, restaurants and other tourist establishments that have certification to show they’re up to health and safety standards.
Uzbekistan is currently accepting visitors from China, Israel, Japan and South Korea, but arrivals from Europe and the UK must spend 14 days in self-isolation upon entering the country.
Currently, Australia is in a complete travel ban, with official advice from the Department of Home Affairs to not leave Australia unless you seek a government exemption.
And Uzbekistan isn’t the only country offering compensation: Cyprus will cover the costs of travellers’ holidays entirely should they become infected with the virus while in the country.
The only bills visitors who catch the virus will need to pay would be repatriation flights and taxis to airports.
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