The dream destination of the Maldives requires preparation beyond which beaches to lounge on. We have simplified the task by outlining important vaccinations for Maldives to avoid becoming ill.
Below are official recommendations for injections for Maldives. As not all regions, nor travellers, require the same precautions, we highly advise you to make note of your medical history and itinerary and contact our health professionals.
Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.
Travelling to Maldives exposes you to health risks that have no preventive vaccines. Besides having all your vaccinations for Maldives, you should consider the following diseases that are present in the country.
The risk of contracting zika in Maldives is possible. Although no specific regions have been flagged, it is best to be cautious about mosquito bite safety.
To avoid the risk of infection as much as possible, you should wear repellents not just when travelling in cities where the risk is most abundant, but at all times.
There have been reported cases of dengue in Maldives, notably in Malé. Other affected regions are the atolls of Alif Alif, Haa Alifu, Raa, Alifu Dhaalu, Laamu and Gaafu Dhaalu.
The risk is at its highest during the rainy season, which occurs from April to September, but mosquito bite avoidance should be practiced throughout the year and throughout the country.
It is important to take precautions during your stay in Maldives, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.
There is a risk of dengue fever and zika in Maldives, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.
Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.
All travellers going to Maldives should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid and hepatitis A, which are both transmitted through contaminated food and water.
If you are visiting friends or relatives in Maldives or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
This is a brief overview of important information and useful contacts that may help you while in Maldives.
The British High Commission in Sri Lanka There is no British Embassy in Maldives, but the British High Commission in Sri Lanka supervises all issues in the Maldives and can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on +94 11 5390639.
Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +960 102.
Medical facilities and practitioners There are a few equipped hospitals in Malé and Hulhumale, however, medical facilities are limited and many resort islands are far from these facilities. This is good to know when choosing your accommodation, so you can check where medical facilities are available and book accordingly.
Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated
Travel vaccination certificate Maldives may change their entry requirements concerning travel vaccination certificates, so make sure to check before leaving
Mosquito protection Bring everything needed to avoid mosquito bites while in Maldives, including DEET insect repellent
Travel insurance If you become ill in Maldives and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave
Note useful contact numbers In the case of an emergency, have a list of useful contacts to take with you to Maldives
If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.
If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019
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