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Hospitals & Healthcare

Medical facilities are limited. There are only two hospitals and these are on the capital island, Malé. Neither has a trauma unit. Although most resort islands are within easy reach of a general physician, many are several hours' travel away from the hospital facilities on Malé. Many resort islands are more than an hour away from the nearest decompression chamber.

Precautions & Advice

  • The number of cases of Dengue fever rose sharply in 2010, with the majority reported in the Capital, Malé.
  • While in Maldives you should take precautions to avoid sunburn and dehydration.

Further Information

You should seek medical advice before travelling to the Maldives and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of the National Travel Heath Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

The information on this page is supplied by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. If you do not live in the UK please check with the relevant office in your country of residence for this information.