Should you still travel to the Maldives?

A 15-day state of emergency has been declared in the Maldives. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel advisory against all non-essential travel to the country until the situation stabilises.

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For Singaporeans, it is important to note that Singapore has no diplomatic representation in the Maldives, which constrains the Foreign Ministry’s ability to extend any consular assistance in the event of an emergency.

However, based on latest reports, the instability is only confined to the capital of Male. Also, the Ministry of Tourism in Maldives has issued a statement that the state of emergency will not affect tourism, and has guaranteed the safe travel and passage of all visitors to the country.

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Singapore Airlines offers a daily service between Singapore and Male, and flights are operating as usual. As of 8 Feb 18, the airline has also not issued any notice of waivers for passengers with confirmed flights to Male.

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Hence for now, unless the situation worsens, it may not be entirely necessary to shelve your travel plans to the Maldives after all.