The Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism has insisted all tourism businesses are still operating as normal following a UK Foreign Office travel alert being issued.
The FCO updated its advice for the destination after political unrest triggered a state of emergency yesterday (February 5).
According to the travel alert, security forces have been deployed in the Maldivian capital Male as a result of violent incidents in the wake of political demonstrations.
“If you’re in Male, you should exercise caution and avoid any protests or rallies,” the FCO said, adding that there were “no reports that outlying islands, resorts or Male international airport are affected”.
In a statement, the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism urged the UK travel trade that the situation within the country “remains stable”.
“The state of emergency does not force any restrictions on travelling to the Maldives or within the Maldives,” the organisation said.
“All international airports and all domestic airports, tourist resorts, tourist hotels, tourist guest houses, tourist accommodating vessels [safari boats] and marinas are in full operation.
"International and domestic flights, sea planes operations and all modes of transport are in operation,” it added.