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Old Feb 7, 12, 8:53 am   #1
 
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Travel to Maldives, Safe?

I've got a flight from LGW to Malé next week, and I'm staying at the O&O Reethi Rah.

Do you think it's safe to travel? I have no clue, since there are reports of unrests

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Old Feb 7, 12, 9:14 am   #2
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Hi...

Sorry, just to clarify. In which way do you mean?

Are you referring to possible disruption?

Or is there some situation in the Maldives that is causing you concern?

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The FCO advice can be found here:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-...eania/maldives

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Old Feb 7, 12, 9:28 am   #4
 
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The NYTImes reported that the President had resigned when the police and army refused to follow his orders.
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Old Feb 7, 12, 9:35 am   #5
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I thought you were an American for a minute until I saw your details :-)

The distance from MLE airport front door to the pier used by the O&O boat is, give or take 20 metres, 20 metres. You would be very unlucky to come to harm on that walk ....

If gunfire should break out, I would hide behind the counter at the Movenpick restaurant which you will pass on your 20 metre walk.
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Once the FCO advise this

"We advise against all but essential travel to Malé Island."

Most insurance companies void ALL cover (As I found out during the Mexican swine flu fiasco)
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Old Feb 7, 12, 10:20 am   #7
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Once the FCO advise this

"We advise against all but essential travel to Malé Island."

Most insurance companies void ALL cover (As I found out during the Mexican swine flu fiasco)
But they also say this

'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.'

BA may decide for you, since they don't like flying $200m chunks of metal into places from where they may not return safely.
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BA may decide for you, since they don't like flying $200m chunks of metal into places from where they may not return safely.
Dunno about that. They fly them into LHR at the moment and there have been some VERY cross people there recently...

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BA may decide for you, since they don't like flying $200m chunks of metal into places from where they may not return safely.
Cough.Glasgow.Cough.

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I retuned from there just yesterday and was completely unaware of any trouble whatsoever until I heard about it on the news this AM.
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Dunno about that. They fly them into LHR at the moment and there have been some VERY cross people there recently...

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Cough.Glasgow.Cough.

Or, say, Baghdad just before the invasion.

Anyways, I'd expect the Maldives are even more significantly safer than a lot of BA (or certainly BMI) destinations.
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Old Feb 7, 12, 11:59 am   #13
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And over to the relevant Travel & Dining forum.

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And over to the relevant Travel & Dining forum.

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Wouldn't this post belong in the Asia forum instead of the ME?
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In the same boat

I am travelling out next week as well and according to my travel insurance company they don't cover civil unrest as part of the cancellation policy. I am guessing from the news this will take some time to work out as well.

I was due to go to the Shangri-La and actually had choosen it as there was an option to visit the local islands near-by but not sure that I would be doing that even if I did go to the Maldives.
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