If diving or snorkeling, beware of potential ear infections or coral cuts that might become infected. Also bear in mind when diving that many resort islands are more than an hour away from the nearest decompression chamber. Pack plenty of sunscreen for sunbathing. Most islands have good on-site doctors, but taking a few basic medical supplies is recommended. Emergency medical facilities are limited and both of the nation’s hospitals are in Malé. Make sure you have adequate health insurance and funds to cover the costs of treatment and repatriation if needed. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends vaccinations against adult diphtheria and tetanus, hepatitis A and B, and typhoid, as it does for all countries. There is no risk of malaria in the Maldives.
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