The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for those wishing to visit the Maldives. The country’s democratically elected president Mohamed Nasheed stood down yesterday due to riots on the streets of the Maldivian capital Malé and reports of a widespread police mutiny. He has been replaced by a new leader, Mohammed Waheed Hassan and has blamed the collapse of his regime on a cabal of the country’s all-powerful hoteliers.
The FCO’s guidance advises visitors to avoid Malé, but states that:
“There are currently no reports of social unrest or demonstrations at Malé International Airport (which is on the island of Hulhule), or at the tourist resorts. The airport remains open and is operating normally. There have been reports of unrest on other non-resort islands generally around municipal buildings such as police stations and courtrooms. You should exercise caution and check with your tour operator or travel company for further information.”