Foreign Office warns Brits over Maldives travel

8th Feb 2012
Foreign Office warns Brits over Maldives travel

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has urged travellers to avoid “all but essential” travel to Malé Island in the Maldives.

The moves comes after former vice president Mohammed Waheed Hassan stepped up to become president following the resignation of Mohamed Nasheed resigned after police joined widening street protests against his government.

Police are believed to be holding former president Nasheed.

However, Waheed Hassan has called for calm and stated his intention of forming a government of national unity in the Indian Ocean nation.

“There are political demonstrations in the capital Malé, which have resulted in violent clashes between government and opposition supporters, and later the police and defence forces,” the FCO explained in a statement.

“The situation remains uncertain.

“If you are in Malé, or choose to travel to Malé, you should exercise caution, avoid demonstrations and beware of spontaneous gatherings.”

There are currently no reports of social unrest or demonstrations at Malé International Airport - which is on the island of Hulhule.

Tourist resorts on other islands also remain unaffected, the FCO said.

“Our advice against all but essential travel to Malé Island does not include Malé International Airport or travel from the airport to any part of the country other than Malé Island,” added the FCO.

“However, you should exercise caution, keep up to date with developments and check with your tour operator or travel company for further information.

There is no British diplomatic mission in Maldives.

A Consular Correspondent in the capital, Malé can liaise with the British High Commission in Sri Lanka on emergency consular matters.

They can be contacted through the British High Commission in Colombo.


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