Mayhem in the Maldives? Not for some

Mayhem in the Maldives? Not for some

With the FCO imposing travel restrictions and a political crisis gaining speed you'd think the Maldives would be off-limits – not for these tourists

The past week has seen headlines hit with stories from the Maldives of political crises, protester's clashes and alleged police violence.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office last week amended its travel advice - advising against travel to Malé Island, citing 'violent clashes involving police, military and demonstrators'.

However, images have emerged from the islands of tourists continuing to sun themselves on the beach, without a shred of worry. Officials are stressing that those areas affected by the recent violence are a world away from the resorts popular with honeymooners and tourists.

A spokesperson for the Maldives Association of Tourism said: "There is great concern from tour operators that there will be more cancellations as the news is only now sinking in. It's impossible to explain that what is happening is in Malé and not the resorts."

One tourist told Reuters: "We are having a great time. We heard about the coup, but it doesn't matter to us. It hasn't affected us at all."

The FCO's restrictions and travel advice does not include Malé International Airport, or travel from the airport to any part of the country other than Malé Island.

Keep up to date by checking the FCO website.

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