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Travel Advisory: Maldives – Level 2 (Exercise increased caution)

Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism and civil unrest

Terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.  Attacks may occur on remote islands which could lengthen the response time of authorities.      

A country-wide state of emergency is in effect.  Security forces have been deployed in Malé to prevent public gatherings and anti-government demonstrations.  Protests have also been reported in Maafushi where political prisoners are being held. 

Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page

If you decide to travel to Maldives:

  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
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