We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Maldives, particularly on Malé Island.
Latest Travel Alert
6 June 2018
Particular caution is advised on Malé Island due to the possibility of civil unrest, in the run up and following the Presidential election, which will take place on 23 September. You should exercise caution, avoid any protests, demonstrations or large gatherings, as outbreaks of violence may occur, and pay close attention to your personal security at all times.
In February and March 2018 the Maldives government declared a State of Emergency in the country, in response to political developments in the country. Security forces were deployed in the capital Malé, where there were some disturbances and demonstrations. There were no reports of unrest on outlying islands, resorts or at Malé International Airport.
Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Maldives, we're limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in New Delhi on +91-11-49403200 or you can request consular assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in the Maldives.
We suggest you learn as much as you can about the Maldives before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in the Maldives, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Thu, 06 Sep 2018 12:11:19 BST