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Safety Travel Tips For The Maldives

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Maldives

The Maldives has seen some political turmoil in November 2015 and while the situation has stabilized more recently, it would still be a good idea to keep one’s eyes open for any signs of protests and mass gatherings. These are best avoided.

As far as crime goes, the Maldives is not a particularly dangerous destination and the crime figures are quite low. More recently, however, increase in gang violence has been observed in the capital Male. The gangs are not targeting tourists at the moment. For tourists, the biggest risk is petty crime, mostly pickpocketing and theft of belongings that are left unattended.

Traveling to Maldives usually involves getting to one of the country’s many resort islands and staying there, mostly going on organized excursions and perhaps to the capital Male. If you wish to visit other islands, you first need to clear it with the local government and it is best to do this through someone, i.e. have the trip organized. One of the reasons for this is that piracy is a real threat in the waters near the Maldives.

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