Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 28 January 2019, 14:15 NZDT
  • Still current at: 24 February 2020

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Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution on Malé Island due to crime and the potential for civil unrest.

Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Maldives.

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Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests have occurred on Malé Island. Further demonstrations are possible in the capital Malé. In the past, some demonstrations have resulted in violence between police, military and demonstrators.

New Zealanders travelling to Malé Island are advised to exercise increased caution, particularly at night, and avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning. We recommend monitoring local media to stay informed of developments and adhering to any restrictions or instructions issued by the local authorities.

There is an underlying threat of terrorism in Maldives. Public places, including tourist locations, could be targeted.

Petty crime such as bag snatching and pickpocketing occurs in Maldives. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to secure their personal belongings. Gang and drug-related violence has also occurred in the past. Exercise caution and remain vigilant.

General travel advice
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment.

New Zealanders are advised to respect religious, social and cultural traditions in Maldives to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.

The importation of alcohol into Maldives is illegal, as is the consumption of alcohol (unless at a resort island).

New Zealanders travelling or living in Maldives should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Maldives are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand High Commission Singapore, Singapore is accredited to Maldives

Street Address 1 George Street, Level 21-04, Singapore 049145 Telephone +65 6235 9966 Fax +65 6536 8180 Email Web Site Hours Reception/Consular hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300hrs. Office hours Mon - Fri 0830-1700

See our regional advice for South Asia

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Accredited New Zealand High Commission Singapore

Street Address
1 George Street, Level 21-04, Singapore 049145

Telephone: +65 6235 9966

Fax: +65 6536 8180



Hours: Reception/Consular hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300hrs. Office hours Mon - Fri 0830-1700

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