to Maldives from Yellow Fever-infected areas should have a valid certificate
against Yellow fever.Immunisation against Cholera is not required. Some
health authorities advise visitors to take preventive medication against
malaria, but the incidence of malaria is extremely rare.
art of doing nothing once applied to entrance requirements in the Maldives,
when it was one of the few places in the world that did not stamp passports
on arrival or departure. Today, tourists require:
A valid passport ( b) Sufficient funds for to cover their expenses during
their stay. (c) An onward or return ticket, or sufficient funds to
purchase a ticket.
they meet the entrance requirements, visitors get a 30-day visa on arrival.
A landing card must be filled..
are not required.
of stay will be granted on a case-by-case basis if required. Application
needs to be made to the Immigration Department well before expiry of the
import of the following items is forbidden unless prior permission is obtained
Firearms and explosives
Pornography of any kind, including what would be considered
erotica" in all western (and most eastern) societies.
Pork and all products containing pork.
Narcotic drugs, poisons and hazardous, irritable or industrial chemicals
Alcohol - items purchased on the trip will be held in Customs bond for
collection upon departure.
that all resorts in the Maldives have permits
which allow the controlled import of alcohol and pork, so visitors who
need either need not worry. Items exceeding a total value of USD200 needs
to be declared, and import duties will have to be paid on items which are
not taken back by the visitor. For any other information please consult
the Customs Officer.
export of controlled items such as ambergris requires a special permit
and payment of export duties.
departure service charge @ US $15 per passenger (subject to change)
relaxed pace of life demands that the dress code be decidedly informal.
Light cotton clothes and casual shoes or sandals are the most comfortable
year-round attire. A wide brimmed beach hat and sunglasses are recommended
for those who tan or burn easily. Most of the larger resorts would prefer
guests to "dress appropriately" when visiting the bar or restaurants, especially
at evening and night. This normally means smart casual dress instead of
beachwear. When visiting Male' and other inhabited islands, visitors should
bear in mind that, in this Islamic society, some modesty and decorum is
appreciated. Remember to remove footwear when entering mosques.
The Maldivian Rufiyaa (abbreviated as Rf. or MRf.) is made up of 100 larees.
The current exchange rate to the US Dollar is around MRf.26.00 per U.S.
changing Foreign exchange facilities are
avilable at all resorts and banks. Guests staying at resorts can settle
their bills in foreign currency. It should be noted that the U.S. Dollar
reigns supreme over all other currencies in Maldives, and it is likely
that the exchange rate for other currencies is slightly worse.
and business hours Normal Banking hours
are: 0900 to 1300 on Sundays to Thursdays, and 0900 to 1100 on Saturdays.
Friday is a holiday. Government ofices are open from 0730 to 1330 daily
except on Fridays. Shops and private businessses often stay open till very
late (around 2130).
Cards Major credit cards are accepted
by most resorts, but payment for a booking deposit by telephone is not
generally accepted. In some cases, shops in Male' may try to add a surcharge
to the purchase price if payment is made by card.
control Uniquely to this region, there
are currently no exchange controls in force in the Maldives, and visitors
are spared the trouble of filling in various forms and haggling with the
bureaucracy. However, the laws of the market prevail, and it might sometimes
be easy to convert Dollars to Rufiyaa but strangely difficult to do the
is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
it is 1200 (noon) in the Maldives, it is :
in Paris, Rome, Geneva, Madrid and Bonn
in Athens, Cairo, Lusaka and Johannesburg
in Colombo, Bombay and Delhi
(previous day) in San Francisco
in New York
The above refers to GMT. In summer, allow for Daylight Saving Time (GMT+1
International Airport- A Guide
Airport, Maldives' gateway to the world, is an island which looks more
carrier from the air. A short boat ride from Male', the former airstrip
has developed into
modern and busy international airport. Helicopter and seaplane services
transfer passengers to
resorts and offer sightseeing flights. Internal flights to northern and
operate from Hulule. While there is room for improvement of basic services,
well in comparison with the region's other airports, especially after the
new terminal facilities. After passing through sometimes cramped immigration
and customs areas,
first glimpse of white coral sand and the sea beyond is a welcome sight.
upon leaving the terminal building, the various representatives of resorts
wait with boards to greet and escort their various groups. Travel reps.
also wait on the
for the very few who arrive without prior bookings. There is an airport
meals and refreshments. Money changing facilities are also provided. There
is no scheduled
service to the resorts, and each resort makes its own arrangements. A ferry
and from Male', with frequencies dependent on demand. The fare varies,
from a few Rufiyaa for
a dhoni to several hundred dollars for a speed boat.
formalities are more relaxed. Several duty free shops also offer a wide
range of items.
Counters are only open and staffed during flight times, and the airport
can seem deserted
minutes after departure of the flight.
DIVE IN MALDIVES
A paradise for divers "
are some of the best dive sites in the Maldives -
ranked among the best in the world.
: Outside corner of Kanifinolhu
: 10m - 30m
of Dive : Driftdive
: South off Girifushi Island
: 8m - 30m
of Dive : Driftdive
: In front of Hulule Airport
: 16m - 30m
of Dive : Wreck dive, ascent & descent on a rope