United Kingdom has upgraded the travel alert issued for English travelers from a general threat to that of general terrorism alert.
The alert, which was upgraded yesterday, gave a general description of the ground situation adding that the street protests, initiated after the arrest of Former President Mohamed Nasheed, have led to arrests and violence.
The alert stated that “there is a general threat from terrorism”. The tweet issued from @UKinMaldives noted that they had updated the alert, as there has been a marked increase in gang related violence.
The FCO had noted that protests and demonstrations are common in Malé and had asked all tourists to remain safe.
“Protests and demonstrations are not uncommon, especially in the capital Malé. Previous demonstrations have led to violence and arrests. Take care, remain vigilant, take appropriate security precautions and avoid large gatherings, protests and rallies,” the FCO said in a travel alert.
Pointing out the lack of a British Embassy or Consulate in Maldives, the FCO said that if anyone needs consular assistance they should contact the British High Commission in Sri Lanka.
“An honorary consul in the capital, Malé, can liaise with the British High Commission in Sri Lanka in emergencies,” they added.
In addition, Canada had also updated their travel alert, stating that "populated areas may experience gang-related violence" and cautioning their citizens to exercise vigilance in Maldives.