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FCO in Maldives warning to travellers

Filed under: Air Ambulances Abroad — Posted by: Andrew on February 7, 2012

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is warning UK citizens against all but essential travel to Male, the capital of the Maldives, after social and political unrest in the country.

The unrest concerns the leader of the country, with former President Mohamed Nasheed claiming he was forced out on 7th February in a coup by newly elected President Mohammed Waheed Hassan.

Mr Waheed denies the claim.

Travel to the islands as a holiday destination is still being advised as being safe however, though day trips to the capital should not be undertaken.

The international airport for the islands is not on the same island as its capital, and tourist areas have not seen any uprising or unrest.

It is sensible that anyone travelling to the Maldives on holiday exercises due care and attention as normal though, and if there are any queries, they should be directed to individual travel operators.

As with travel to any destination, it is also essential that adequate travel insurance be taken out. This should cover any activities which are likely to be taken part in, and cover any medical repatriations costs in the case of emergency.

The situation in the Maldives is being closely monitored by Commonwealth officials, who are meeting to have urgent talks about the stand off.

It is in everyone’s interest that the issues be addressed urgently, as there are already reports of people cancelling holidays which, for the already indebted nation could spell disaster, with tourism already accounting for a third of the GDP.

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