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Vaccinations for Maldives

Unless you are flying from tropical Africa there are no required by law vaccinations for the Maldives for entry or exit. However for your own personal health it is strongly recommended that travellers be covered against the main food and water borne diseases (Hepatitis A and Typhoid) and Tetanus. For those considering a longer or more rural trip other vaccines may be considered including Hepatitis B.

We have had reports of tourists arriving into the Maldives and being stopped at customs having visited a Yellow Fever endemic country within the previous year and not having evidence of vaccination against Yellow Fever. This contravenes W.H.O. international health regulations but travellers should be aware of this situation if they have visited any endemic South American or Central African country within the year.

In order to have sufficient time to receive the vaccinations for the Maldives travellers should book their initial consultation at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance of their trip.

There is no Malaria or rabies transmission on the Maldives though avoidance of both mosquitoes and animals is always a wise precaution.

Throughout the Maldives they practice Islam and the overt public observance of any other religion is not permitted. In the past few years a number of non-Maldivian families have been expelled for religious activities. Tourists are permitted to carry personal religious texts (Bible etc.) without difficulty. There are no cash dispensing machines and traveller’s cheques are used infrequently. The island resorts tend to be expensive and visitors should carry sufficient funds. Dress is usually informal but topless bathing is prohibited.

Most Irish travellers to the Maldives will enjoy a splendid relaxing holiday in this beautiful series of islands. Nevertheless, take care to avoid excessive sun exposure and particularly while undertaking any water sports activities.

Please be aware that every traveller is unique and as such itinerary specific information will require a medical consultation.

All Travellers

Tetanus
Tetanus is contracted through contaminated cuts, bites and breaks in the skin. The vaccination provides cover for approximately 10 years in the majority of patients. It is frequently combined with cover against other diseases such as Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria and/or Pertussis.
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a common disease in many of the hotter regions of the world and usually contracted through contaminated food and water. Cover against Hepatitis A can be given alone or combined with protection against Typhoid or Hepatitis B. Once completed, the Hepatitis A vaccination (given on two occasions 6 to 12 months apart) provides cover for approximately 25 years in the majority of patients.
Typhoid
Typhoid is a bacterial disease contracted through contaminated food and water. This vaccine can be combined with cover against Hepatitis A. Once completed, the Typhoid vaccination given on one occasion provides cover for between 2 to 3 years in the majority of patients

Optional

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a viral disease which is usually transmitted in a very similar fashion to HIV/AIDS through contact with infected body fluids (eg blood exposure and sexually). This vaccine can be combined with cover against Hepatitis A. The standard schedule for Hepatitis B is to administer the vaccine on days 0, 28 and 180. A more rapid schedule can be used in cases where cover is needed more urgently and this is administered on days 0, 7, 21 to 28 and also 365. Following either course (and not before completion) a blood test can be taken to confirm sufficient antibody protection. Where the correct level of antibodies are showing (>100iu) the vaccination is recognised to provide cover for life.

Country Profile

Find out more about the health risks you should be aware of when travelling in Maldives by reading the DFA Maldives country information page
or the WHO Maldives country information page.