1) Yellow fever
vaccination certification is required by visitors coming from infected
2) Following guidelines issued by WHO in 1973, a cholera
vaccination certificate is not required when entering the Maldives.
3) Typhoid can occur.
4) Malaria is declining. The risk of becoming infected is
Food & drink
The water available in the resort areas is clean and drinkable.
In other areas, water from unclear source used for brushing teeth,
drinking or making ice must be boiled or alternatively sterilized.
Food in hotels and resorts is normally riskless; however, travellers
should be cautious elsewhere.
Hepatitis A, B, and E may occur.
Tuberculosis and diphtheria vaccines are occasionally
recommended. Dengue fever exists. Rabies may be existent
although there have not been any reported cases in animals or humans
since 1996. For those who are at high risk, vaccination before arrival
is recommended. If you are bitten, get medical attention immediately.
For additional information, consult the Health appendix.
2 hospitals are available on Male, the Indhira Gandhi Memorial
hospital and the ADK private hospital. First-aid facilities
are set up on all resort islands. A decompression chamber is accessible
from most resorts to treat diving emergencies. Health insurance