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Maldives-GETTING HERE

The Maldives is served by all major scheduled airlines in the region in addition to several charter flights from Europe and Scandinavian countries. The Maldives is forty five minutes from Colombo, three hours from Dubai, four hours from Singapore and thirteen hours from London.

Mal¨? International Airport is located on a geographically separate island named Hulhul¨? which is about 10 minutes?? boat ride from the capital. A ferry service is available from the airport island to the capital around the clock.

Transfers to resorts would be arranged prior to arrival by your resorts/tour operators via speedboat or sea plane.

No prior visa is required to enter the Maldives and a free 30 day visa is granted to all visitors who meet immigration requirements upon arrival.

Please note that the import of firearms, liquor, drugs and pornography in to the Maldives is strictly prohibited. Alcohol may be imported only with an official license and dogs, pigs, and pork products are prohibited. Also personal pets can be brought in only with special permission (dogs not allowed).

Tourist Visa

No prior visa is required to enter the Maldives and based on immigration requirements, entry permits will be granted on arrival.

However an entry permit does not permit visitors to take up employment, set up any business or conduct any professional activities (paid or unpaid) except with the consent of the government and in compliance with pertinent laws and regulations of the Maldives.

Entry Requirements

Visitors of all nationalities in possession of the following would be granted entry into the Maldives:

  • a valid international travel document issued by a sovereign state??s government
  • a valid return air ticket and necessary visas to a destination where the passenger has permission to enter
  • a minimum of US$30.00 per person per day or confirmed hotel reservation for the intended period of stay in the Maldives

Social Conventions

Dress is informal, but locals who are Muslim will be offended by nudity or scanty clothing in public places, and the Government rigidly enforces these standards. Bikinis and other scanty beachwear are not acceptable in Mal¨? or on any other inhabited island. When entering a mosque, the legs and the body, but not the neck and the face, should be covered. Handshaking is the most common form of greeting. The indigenous population not involved in the tourist trade lives in isolated island communities maintaining almost total privacy. A large number of locals smoke, but smoking and eating during Ramadan is discouraged.

Tipping

This is officially discouraged.

International airports

Hulule International Airport - Hulule Island is 2km (1.2 miles) from Mal¨? (travel time by boat ¨C 15 minutes). Boats from the various island resorts meet each arriving plane to take visitors to their accommodation. There is no scheduled transfer from Hulule Island to the other islands. If an advance booking has been made, representatives of the resorts will receive tourists at the airport and will take care of all onward transport arrangements. Airport facilities include left luggage, first aid, bank, duty free shops, snack bar, post office and restaurant.

Departure tax

None if airport tax has been paid before; otherwise, US$12.

Duty-Free

The following goods may be imported into the Maldives Republic without incurring customs duty:
A reasonable amount of cigarettes, cigars and tobacco; a reasonable number of gifts.

Prohibited items

Pornographic literature; idols of worship; pork products and certain other animal products; explosives and weapons; alcoholic beverages. Drugs are strictly prohibited; the penalty for importing drugs for personal or other use is life imprisonment. Animals require a veterinary certificate.

The following may not be exported in any form: tortoise and turtle shells and products made of turtle shell (the Government has banned the killing of turtles), and black coral in whole form.