As you might have read or heard, the Government in the Maldives has imposed a three-week state of emergency, commencing on the 6th February. See updates at foot of page – State of Emergency notice was withdrawn 22 March .
This is as a result of a long-running dispute between various political factions within the Maldives. See https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives for the official UK Government travel advice.
The political unrest is essentially focused on the island of Male, somewhere with no or little interest to most tourists and is hardly visited. The international airport is located on the adjacent island Hulhule, and again is strictly a transit point.
As all of the resort islands are totally self-contained, with usually a one hotel per island policy, international clients will not be adversely affected by these internal political issues. The UK travel advice contains some sensible advice on not discussing or becoming involved in political debate, but why would you when there are so many wonderful distractions to occupy you.
We will adhere to the travel advice of the UK Government, but at this stage, we see no reason for you to be concerned. This advice is essential as a courtesy and to counteract some alarmist news you might see or hear elsewhere – frowns sell news more than smiles, unfortunately.
Please contact me directly should you wish to discuss this in more detail.
UPDATE – 20 February 2018 – The state of emergency has now been extended until late March . From a tourism perspective , the destination continues to function normally without any noticeable disruption or concerns , and the UK FO travel advice remains unchanged . At Chic Locations we offer a number of different geographical destinations , we are not committed to any one area , either financially or through our operating name . We can be totally rational in our realistic appraisal of such situations , and we have no concerns on the well being of our clients travelling to the Maldives . We are of course happy to follow completely the guidance of the UK FO travel advice . 2nd update – 14 March 2018 – The State of Emergency is still in place and is now likely to run into April . We have had no concerns from our clients , either in destination or from those booked to travel . Tourism goes on without interference . Final Update – 22 March – The State of Emergency notice was totally withdrawn . I doubt any tourists will be aware of any difference !
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