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Reviewed: 23 April 2013, 13:20 NZTE
Still current at: 23 May 2013
There is some risk to your security on Malé Island (excluding Malé International Airport) due to the potential for civil unrest. We advise caution.
Levels of politically motivated civil unrest have decreased significantly since early 2012, although the political climate remains fragile. Demonstrations, protests and political rallies mainly occur on the capital island of Malé, but sometimes also on non-resort islands. Demonstrations have resulted in violence between police, military and demonstrators. There are no reports of unrest on tourist resort islands.
New Zealanders in the Maldives are advised to exercise caution and avoid any demonstrations, protests and political rallies as they have the potential to turn violent. We recommend monitoring local news media to stay informed of developments and adhering to any restrictions and instructions issued by the local authorities.
The Maldives are susceptible to flooding, strong winds and rough seas during the monsoon season, from May to November.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in the Maldives should have comprehensive travel and medical insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in the Maldives are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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Street Address 391A Orchard Road, #15 - 06/10, Ngee Ann City, Tower A, Singapore 238873 Telephone +65 6235 9966 Facsimile +65 6733 9924
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Reception hours Mon - Fri 0930 - 1300hrs
Contact details are
Street Address C/o Crown Company Pvt Ltd, H. Sea Coast 30, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male, Republic of Maldives
Postal Address PO Box 2034, Male, Maldives
Telephone +960 3322 432 / +960 3324 701 Facsimile +960 3324 009