As countries around the world are opening up their borders for tourists after a prolonged bout of lockdown, they are all coming up with their own unique ways to lure travellers. One of the countries whose offer stood out to us is — Uzbekistan. The nation will pay tourists $3,000 (INR 2,26,747) if they get infected with Coronavirus during the visit. By Amitha Ameen

 

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No, we are not kidding! Uzbekistan has launched a campaign called ‘Safe Travel Guaranteed’ as a way of welcoming and attracting tourists back to the country. Basically, Uzbekistan is offering to pay tourists $3,000 (INR 2,26,747) if they get infected with Coronavirus while travelling across the country.

 

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The country is confident that nobody will get infected with the virus within its borders. And, because of this confidence, Uzbekistan is offering to pay such a large amount to tourists if they do get infected. Additionally, the cost of treatment for the virus in Uzbekistan comes around $3,000 (INR 2,26,747) which is why the government zeroed in on that amount for tourists. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of the country too signed a decree, making this official.

 

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“We want to reassure tourists they can come to Uzbekistan. 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 a holiday in Uzbekistan, we will compensate you” — Uzbekistan’s tourism ambassador to the UK, Sophie Ibbotson, was quoted.

 

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The country has released some prerequisites for those eligible for this plan. Tourists must explore the country with a local tour guide, only those from low-risk countries are welcome into the country, tourism-related agents and establishments will have to get a certification from the local government and lastly those arriving from Europe and UK will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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