FAQ MALDIVES

  • Safety & Security

    www.smartraveller.gov.au provides regularly updated advice services on safety issuesinvolved with international travel.

    The Maldives is a relatively crime free country. Theft and burglaries in resorts are veryrare. However, it is advisable to keep your room and personal belongings safely lockedaway.
  • Visa

    All foreign nationals wishing to enter the Maldives can do so for stays up for 30 days with a passport that is valid for the duration of your stay and a ticket out of the country. Visas are not required.

    Visitor should have the financial capacity to cover the expenses for the duration of the stay or a confirmed reservation from a tourist Hotel or Resort in the Maldives. The financial capacity is measured by US$100 + $50 dollars per day.

    Please refer to the below link for further details.

    www.immigration.gov.mv

  • Health / Vaccinations

    The Maldives is generally a disease free country with only the occasional bouts of dengue fever outbreaks. However, resort islands are not affected by dengue outbreaks. The only vaccinations required for the visitors are the yellow fever and cholera vaccine. The yellow fever and cholera vaccine are also only required for tourists arriving from a region where these diseases are endemic.

    The sun bestows a lot of pleasure to the visitors, but it might also strike some displeasure if you are not careful. The equatorial sun emits dangerous ultraviolet rays at midday. If you are sunbathing when the sun is hot and bright, always apply sun protection lotion or cream. You can acquire such protective lotions from the resort shops.

    Necessary precautions and measures are in place to avoid unfortunate accidents in the water. Always follow the instructions provided by your instructors when you go for diving or any other water related activity.

    If you are going for snorkelling do remember to take necessary precautions. Snorkelling is one of easiest ways to explore the underwater life present in the house reef of your resort. Before starting your snorkelling adventure, you must test the simple snorkelling gears to see whether you are comfortable in them.

    Always be wary of changing water current and wind. Never drift further away from the lagoon or boat while snorkelling. The reefs are delicate environments so you should never touch the corals, shells and fish as it involves unnecessary risks and may cause damage to the reef. It is advisable to use life jackets while at sea. Resort islands will provide such safety gears and lifeguard services.

    Modern primary health care facilities are available in the Maldives. Practically all the resort islands provide the services of a resident doctor and first-aid services as required by the law. Health Centres and Hospitals located in the atolls can attend to non-serious medical issues.
  • Travel Insurance

    Before arriving to the Maldives it is important to subscribe for adequate insurance that covers for medical emergencies. Your insurance details and emergency contact numbers should be brought with you when visiting the Maldives.
  • Currency

    The national currency of the Maldives is Rufiyaa. Most currencies can be exchanged to Maldivian Rufiyaa through banks and licensed Money Exchangers. Money exchanging services is provided round-the-clock at the arrival terminal in Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE). Most commonly used International currencies in the Maldives includes; US Dollar, Pound Sterling and Euros. Most of the resort islands, liveaboards, hotels, restaurants, travel agents and souvenir shops accept foreign currency and credit card payments.

    Local and International Banks provide ATM services to customers. Local Banks may charge a nominal fee for ATM transactions involving International Credit Cards. Major International Credit Cards like American Express, Visa Card, Master Card and JCB Card can be used in the Maldives for financial transactions.

    Please refer to the below link for the foreign exchange rates. www.xe.com/ucc
  • Communication

    Local Company Dhiraagu and International Company Ooredoo provides telecommunication and internet services across the Maldives. Correspondingly these companies supply efficient fixed line, GSM, mobile and internet services.

    The dialling code of the Maldives is +960. International roaming services are also available in the Maldives. You can easily purchase a mobile SIM card from any of the service providers using your passport as documentary evidence. The communication networks in the Maldives provide ISD and STD services as well.

    Almost all the resorts, hotels and restaurants provide free WiFi services to their guests. Internet service providers in the country offer data packages that can be utilised in 3G or 4G networks in most parts of the country.
  • Electricity

    Electricity is accessible generally without any intermission in every inhabited and resort islands. The voltage of the electricity provided in the Maldives is 220-240 volts. Additionally the utility frequency of the power supplied is 50 Hz.

    Primary socket types are; Euro, British, Indian. Commonly the British standard three-pin rectangular plugs are used in AC power plugs and sockets. Nonetheless, other types of power adaptors and converters are also promptly obtainable should your electronic devices require them.
  • Flight information

    For Australian travellers there a few options and the most convenient option is to travel via Singapore on either Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines or Sri Lankan Airlines.
  • Transport

    Transportation within the Maldives is straightforward, even though the islands are dispersed across the third largest ocean on earth. Once you reach the Maldives, there are seaplanes waiting to fly you around the country. These seaplane flights are a magical affair as you will be treated to an aerial view of one of the most phenomenal tropical landscapes on earth.

    In addition to the seaplanes you can now directly board an aircraft from the local airlines that will disembark you to the airport nearest to your chosen destination.

    Transportation from the airport to your holiday getaway is additionally available through Speed Launches. These Speed Launches will deliver you a journey to remember and you can discover many islands en route. Normally when you book for your holiday through a travel agent or directly from a resort, they will be present at the airport to receive you. In light of this, you can remain calm without any anxiety about reaching your chosen holiday spot, as everything will be arranged for you.

    Generally resorts offer buggy services to guests preferring a ride. There are no metered taxis available in Male’, but there is no reason to be concerned of, as the taxi fare is capped at a fixed price per ride. Currently there is also a public bus service operated in the Capital City.

    Boats and speed launches are used to travel between the islands and atolls. Get pleasure from the sea breezes and exquisite sights while travelling by sea. Local boats called “Dhoni”, which are powered by diesel engines, are commonly used for sea journeys.
  • Weather & climate

    Maldives, the sunny side of life is blessed with magical and breathtaking displays of sunshine for the better part of a year. Similar to tropical countries, the Maldives enjoys a dry and wet season. Conveniently, the hot and humid weather is complemented with cooling sea breezes and periodic rain. The dry season or the Northeast Monsoon locally known as “Iruvai” continues from January to March. While the wet season or the Southwest Monsoon locally known as “Hulhangu” progress from Mid-May to November. Traditionally the natives used a calendar called “nakaiy” to identify weather developments. Amidst the two seasons, there is little or no change in the temperature. This makes every season the best season to visit the Maldives. Likewise packing for a holiday in the Maldives is undemanding due to the uniform weather forecasts.

    On average the daily temperature may fluctuate from 31 °C during the day to 23 °C in the night. The dry season is the season for admirers and enthusiasts of the sun. Throughout the dry season you are assured of beautiful and bright sunshine. Accordingly the seas are serene with clear blue skies. There is only sporadic rain during this season. Hence, this is the ultimate season for sunbathing, sunset watching and scuba diving.

    The wet season showers torrential rain to the Maldives. Occasional thunderstorms and strong winds are the norm of this season. Consequently large waves and swells are generated in the ocean. As a result, the wet season is the most favourable occasion for surfers to showcase their flair in the great surf spots of the country. Nevertheless, the sun announces its presence on interludes, even during the wet season by bursting forth from the cloudy skies, dispensing rays of bright sunshine.

    Get the Maldives’ latest weather forecasts from: www.meteorology.gov.mv
  • What to wear

    The Maldives are on the equator with the temperature rarely dipping below 25C, even at night. Lightweight, loose cotton clothing is therefore advisable. The majority of visitors will spend most of the day in swimwear. Bikinis are acceptable for ladies, but it should be noted that nudity is against the law as is topless sunbathing. All guests are asked to cover up in the restaurants and public areas such as reception, and will be turned away from the restaurant if this is not done.

    Generally a sarong is sufficient for women although some resorts prefer ladies to have their shoulders covered. See through clothing can cause offence. A more modest form of dress is also required when visiting the capital Male or a local island, when shoulders and thighs should be covered.

    Some people like to 'dress up' in the evening, but on the majority of islands the dress code is very relaxed and smart casual is the order of the day. For men, smart or tailored shorts, 3/4 or full length lightweight trousers are all perfectly acceptable. T-shirts and short sleeved cotton shirts are seen in equal numbers, and occasionally vest tops, which on some islands are seen as inappropriate for the evening. Ladies can be seen wearing everything from smart shorts and T-shirts to long floaty dresses, skirts or trousers.

    The only footwear that is likely to be needed are flip flops or possibly low sandals. The vast majority of islands have sand pathways making the wearing of heels difficult and occasionally dangerous. It should be noted that some islands do have their own, specific dress code and it is advisable to check this before packing.
  • Tipping

    Tipping is not compulsory in the Maldives as 10% service charge is added to everything - but given the low salaries earned by the staff and the excellent level of service generally offered, it is a nice gesture to help the staff of resorts to earn some extra money. It is also not entirely certain that the 10% service charge is passed on to the staff.
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