Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 5 March 2022, 17:41 NZDT
  • Still current at: 25 June 2022

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If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Exercise increased caution

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

We advise New Zealanders exercise increased caution elsewhere in the Maldives (level 2 of 4).

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Maldives

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.

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

Crime
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 Colombo, Sri Lanka is accredited to Maldives

Street Address Unit 2401−2402, Level 24 One Galle Face Tower 1A Centre Road, Galle Face 00200 Colombo Sri Lanka Postal Address Unit 2401−2402, Level 24 One Galle Face Tower 1A Centre Road, Galle Face 00200 Colombo Sri Lanka Telephone +94 11 217 4717 Email NZHCColombo@gmail.com Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/sri-lanka/

See our regional advice for South Asia

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Accredited New Zealand High Commission Sri Lanka

Street Address
Unit 2401−2402, Level 24 One Galle Face Tower 1A Centre Road, Galle Face 00200 Colombo Sri Lanka

Telephone: +94 11 217 4717

Email: NZHCColombo@gmail.com

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/sri-lanka/

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