Tuesday, 7 February 2012

FCO warning on Maldives travel

British travellers have been warded against all but essential travel to Malé Island in the Maldives following weeks of demonstrations.

The Foreign & Commonwealth office upgraded its travel advice following the resignation of Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed amid denials that military forces put pressure on him to stand down.

But with tensions rising and fears of a possible coup in the capital of the Indian Ocean destinations, the FCO acted today.

The FCO said: “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 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, or at the tourist resorts and other islands.

“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,” the FCO said.

“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 Malé can liaise with the British High Commission in Sri Lanka on emergency consular matters, the FCO said.

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