|Language:||Dhivehi (English widely spoken)|
|Electricity:||220-240 V, 50 Hz|
|Currency:||Rufiyaa(Notes) and Laari(Coins)|
|Local Time:||GMT +5 hours|
|Major Industries:||Tourism, Fishing and Constructio|
|Number of Resorts:||140|
|Number of Guest Houses:||612|
|Number of Live-Aboards:||120|
MINISTRY OF TOURISM HOTLINE : +960 722 3131 , +960 942 3131
The Maldives consists of 1’192 islands grouped into 26 natural atolls.
The atolls and islands scattered across the Indian Ocean that forms the archipelago of the Maldives is 80 – 120 km wide, stretching 860 km from latitude 7º 6”N to 0º 41”S and
lying between 72º 32” and 73º 45”E. Out of the 1’192 islands only 199 islands are inhabited.
The area of the Maldives is 90’000 km² and almost 99% of the country being the ocean; it is one of the most unique nations in the world.
Being on an important trade route, Maldives was visited by people from all over the world, including Europe, Asia, America, Africa and the Middle East.
These visitors left a strong influence on the people, their religion and the culture of Maldives.
Local weather is affected by monsoons, with May to September being the wet season; seas can be rough and winds brisk. Severe weather conditions are rare, however, Indian Ocean cyclones do reach the islands on occasion.
The Maldives temperature range runs from 70º to 90º F (22º to 33º C) and is consistent throughout most of the year.
As such, a foreigner travelling to Maldives as a tourist does not require pre-approval for the visa.
However, the person must satisfy the basic entry requirements to get immigration clearance upon arrival.
The basic entry requirements are as follows;
● A passport or a travel document with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least 6 months validity.
● A pre-paid hotel booking/accommodation.
● Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Maldives.
● Confirmed onward/return tickets to home country or to country of residence (not applicable for valid resident permit holders).
● Entry facilities to their onward destinations; for example, the visa.
● Completed Disembarkation Card.
● Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable.
The maximum number of days granted on arrival would be 30 days, unless agreed by any bilateral means or treaty. This period of stay is not for the visitor to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Maldives Immigration to grant any number of days less than or equal to 30.
The period of stay granted is shown on the endorsement in the passport. Visitors are advised to check their passport for the arrival endorsement and take note of the number of days granted to stay in Maldives. Once arrived as a tourist, the visitor is not permitted to engage in any form of business, occupation, profession or paid employment while in Maldives.
Categories like; social visitors, friends, family visitors or media and business visitors, who are not considered as genuine tourists, are highly advised to declare sponsorship prior to their arrivals (if applicable), in order to facilitate the flow of passage.
All travelers are also reminded that it is a punishable offence to overstay in Maldives beyond the number of days given
Dress is generally casual; T-shirts and cotton clothing being the most suitable.
In Malē, the capital island, it is recommended that woman wear modest clothing without baring too much and when visiting inhabited islands,
thighs and shoulders must be covered by both men and women
spear gun or drugs may not brought into the Maldives is strictly prohibited and confiscated on arrival by Maldives Customs Service.
Drugs are strictly prohibited; the penalty for importing drugs for personal or other use is life imprisonment.