Travel advisory now in place for Maldives following violent clashes

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has urged travellers to avoid “all but essential” travel to Malé Island in the Maldives. Other EU countries are preparing similar travel advisor measures within the following days.

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.

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.

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.