Maldives Health Requirements and Advice
The Maldives is certainly paradise with idyllic beaches and blue oceans. However, there are some general health concerns that all travelers should bear in mind. Overall, most vacationers will be fine without taking any major precautions. Most resorts are housed on its own island and has no major hospitals on them.
Any traveler originating from a known yellow fever and cholera area should be sure to carry their vaccination record showing they have been vaccinated. It is possible to be turned away if vaccination proof is not available. Keep in mind this is only necessary for individuals traveling from a known yellow fever or cholera region.
Maldives is indeed a wonderful vacation destination, however it makes sense to take some simple precautions before traveling to ensure that your dream vacation is just that!
Aircraft arriving from yellow fever infected countries or from countries where Malaria is prevalent will be disinfected using aerosol spray (approved by WHO) approximately 10 minutes before arrival at the airport. Passengers feeling uncomfortable during the spray should cover their nose and mouth.
Barring any major accident that requires attention in a hospital the biggest concern most travelers have is Dengue Fever. The easiest way to prevent this illness is to avoid mosquito bites. Mosquito repellent, long sleeves and pants, and other typical precautions will help reduce the number of bites and risk of Dengue Fever.
Sunburn is another health risk in this multi-island nation. Many travelers plan for plenty of time on the beach to soak up the sun and easily overdo it. Sunburn can not only make you uncomfortable and miserable throughout your vacation, but it can also be quite dangerous in the case of sun poison. Be sure to take precautions to avoid sunburn.
Before traveling to the Maldives it is highly advised to visit your local health department to ensure your vaccinations are up to date. Try and do this months before traveling to ensure that any shots you may need will have time to take effect before your trip. For a very small population, some vaccinations are required to enter the Maldives.