A STATE of emergency has been declared in the paradise island of Maldives as political protests erupt across the country.
But what does the unrest mean for holiday makers, and is it safe to travel there?
IMAGE: REUTERS. Police and security forces are deployed in the Maldives capital of Male after political protests broke out
Is it safe to travel to the Maldives?
The tensions fuel from the country’s president refusing to follow a Supreme Court order calling for the release of political prisoners.
Political protests have erupted, and a state of emergency was declared on the island on February 5.
As a result, China has encourage its citizens to avoid the winter sun hotspot until the conflict is resolved.
At the time of writing, the Foreign Commonwealth Service did not advise Brits against travelling to Maldives.
They do encourage visitors to avoid the capital Malé and to avoid any protests or rallies.
There are no reports that outlying islands, resorts or Malé International Airport are affected.
What precautions should visitors take?
All holiday makers should keep up to date by following the FCO website for the latest information.
FCO warns any visitors to the island to take appropriate security precautions, comply with local security requirements and avoid protests and rallies.
Holiday makers are also encouraged to take out full holiday insurance for the duration of their stay.