US State Department issues erroneous travel advisory to Maldives

The US State Department has issued an erroneous travel advisory to the Maldives.

While the advisory contained factual errors, US Ambassador to Maldives, Alaina Teplitz confirmed that the State Department’s recent travel advisory to Maldives was posted inadvertently.

The Level 2 advisory advised travelers to exercise increased caution when traveling to Maldives due to terrorism and civil unrest. It further warned that terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets and local government facilities. It also said a country-wide state of emergency was in effect.

A tweet published by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said the government was working with the US embassy to resolve the issue.

The advisory was issued following the terrorist attacks in neighboring Si Lanka. The recent attack in Sri Lanka has negatively impacted Maldivian tourism.