Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Maldives

 
 

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Visiting Maldives

Visa:

Visitors to the Maldives are issued a free visa on arrival. Depending on the financial status, a maximum of 30 days may be granted. For further details visit website:http://www.immigration.gov.mv/

Climate:

Apart from occasional showers of tropical rain, the climate of the Maldives is warm and humid throughout the year. Being closer to the equator, Maldives gets plenty of sunshine all year round which makes Maldives the perfect dream islands for holidaying in the sun. Average temperature in the Maldives is around 29 -32 degrees Celcius.

From late May to early September, the Southwest monsoon brings some rain and wind. From November to April, the Northeast monsoon is warm and dry. For daily, weekly, monthly and annual forecast on weather of the Maldives, please visit the website: www.meteorology.gov.mv

Currency:

The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa and Laaree. One Rufiyaa is equivalent to 100 Laarees. The US Dollar is the most commonly used foreign currency.

1 US Dollar = MRf. 12.85 (current exchange rate)

Payments in the resorts and hotels can be made in most hard currency in cash, travellers' cheques or credit cards. Commonly used credit cards are American Express, Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, JCB and Euro Card.

Electricity/Voltage: The electric system is 230-240 Volts AC

Local Time: GMT + 5 hours

Weekend: Falls on Friday and Saturday

What to wear:

In Maldives the Dress is generally casual. It is ideal to wear T-shirts and cotton clothing. Official regulations do not allow public nudity anywhere in the Maldives. Even at the beach on your resort or swimming or snorkeling around your cruise boat. At least bikinis or swimming trunks are a must. Most resorts do not allow swimwear inside the restaurants, to avoid offending fellow holidaymakers.

Duty free/Tax/customs duties:

It is prohibited by law to import alcoholic beverages, pornographic materials and idols of worship. Strict penalties apply to those attempting to import illegal drugs into the country. If you are bringing in a lot of photographic or diving equipment it is advisable to inform your resort of the details prior to your arrival or bring a list with details such as serial numbers of the equipment, to avoid delay at the airport upon arrival. You will be expected to take them back with you. Import duty is payable for any items left behind.

Telecommunication/Mobile Phones:

The international access code to call the Maldives is (00960)

With the up-to-date technology and international satellite links, Maldives is proud of its sophisticated communications system. You have access to IDD facilities on all resorts and when in inhabited islands you can make calls at public phone booths using phone cards. Mobile phones are also available for rent from Dhiraagu (www.dhiraagu.com.mv)

Transport:

You can fly to the Maldives on frequent flights by airlines like Emirates Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines, Indian Airlines. In addition a number of chartered flights operate directly from Europe to the Maldives.

Transport from the international airport to the destination resort/hotel can be arranged through the resort management prior to your travel. Transport within the islands is by "dhoni" (local boats), speedboats, helicopters and seaplanes.