Added 6th February 2018 - Updated 9th March 2020 - Current 9th March 2020

Political protests in the capital Malé have subsided the presidential election in September 2018 and the inauguration of the new president in November 2018. You should continue to exercise caution and avoid any protests or rallies. Outlying islands, resorts or Malé International Airport are not usually affected by protests or rallies.

Take care of your valuables and other personal possessions, and be aware of the risk of the street crime.

The Government of Maldives is taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes a temporary ban on all cruise ships from entering and docking in the Maldives. Speak to your tour operator for further information. In addition, passengers and airline crew who have been in Mainland China (not including Hong Kong), Iran or in North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang Provinces in South Korea in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the Maldives. Passengers and airline crew must fill-in a Health Declaration Card and an Immigration Arrival Card before arriving in the Maldives.  

Please follow the travel advice of your Government:




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STA Travel are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Store for advice.