Maldives emergency: How safe it is to travel to Maldives for honeymoon?

  • Naincy
  • Thursday | 8th February, 2018

The Indian Ocean archipelago, however, remains tense since Maldives Protests had engulfed the Supreme Court building in Male

What’s happening in the Maldives right now?

President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day emergency in the Maldives on Monday, a desperate attempt to seize power. The entire country is facing a severe crises situation as the Parliament suspended 20 constitutional rights.  

So, is it safe to travel to the Maldives?

The Maldives is one of the most exotic locations to travel for beach mongers. Its scenic beauty and blue coastline combined with luxurious resorts gives is the best honeymoon destination in Asia. The Indian Ocean archipelago, however, remains tense since Maldives Protests had engulfed the Supreme Court building in Male. There have been no reports of disruption in the Maldives, the Indian Ocean archipelago remains tense.

The President and armed forces, however, has the uncensored power to do anything till the emergency lasts. Public meetings and events have been cancelled and it is likely that services like transport will be affected.

What the Maldives government have to say

In a statement last week the Maldives government reassured visitors that they would still be welcome. "All tourism-related businesses will be operating as usual and the situation of the Maldives remains stable," the statement read, according to CNN. "The state of Emergency does not force any restrictions on travelling to the Maldives or within the Maldives." 

What advisories the ally countries issued?

India has issued a travel advisory for its citizens and expats, recommending cancelling any unnecessary travel plans. “The prevailing political developments in the Maldives and the resultant law and order situation are a matter of concern for the Government of India. Indian nationals are, therefore, advised to defer all non-essential travels to Male and other atolls until further notice. Indian expatriates in the Maldives are also alerted to the need for heightened security awareness, and urged to exercise due caution in public and avoid public gatherings,”

The United Kingdom has also issued a similar kind of an advisory, asking its citizens to exercise caution. China, a close ally of the Maldives, advised citizens to stay away from the island country.

Regardless of claims from the Maldives government. Unless crucial, travelling to the Maldives should be avoided until the political crisis eases out.

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