Quick facts about Maldives


Population: 410,000
Language: Dhivehi (English widely spoken)
Capital: Male’ City
Electricity: 220-240 V, 50 Hz
Climate: Tropical (28-34C)
Religion: Sunni Muslims
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 lies atop the Lacadives-Chagos sub-marine ridge which extends from the South West cost of India to the Central Indian Ocean.

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.

Archaeological and historical discoveries indicate that the islands have been inhabited for over 3’000 years.

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.

The Maldives enjoy warm tropical temperatures year round, and a great deal of sunshine.

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.

Tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to Maldives.

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

Nudism is an offence in the Maldives.

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

Prohibited imports:

Alcoholic beverages, Pornographic literature, Idols of Worship, Pork Products and certain other animal products, explosives, weapons,

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.