Maldives Passport Visa Requirement
The Maldives is a by-word for luxury, romance and tropical bliss. A beautiful string of low-lying coral islands in the Indian Ocean, they’re also a paradise for diving enthusiasts and sun seekers alike.
The country’s 26 natural atolls and over 1000 islands boast uniformly perfect coasts lapped by turquoise lagoons the temperature of bath water. White powdery sand fringes most of the islands, which partly explains why more than a million people come here a year.
Tourism only began in the 1970s. Now the Maldives’ most important industry, it concentrates on the luxury market, meaning that the country is home to some of the world’s best hotels. Pretty much every resort here has its own private island. With the finest hotels offering personal butlers and in-room massages, the Maldives are a firm favourite with honeymooners. There are also islands offering slightly less opulent options, and some are aimed at families and divers.
Sadly, even in paradise, trouble can bubble beneath the surface. It is precisely because the Maldives is so low-lying (80% of the territory is less than 1m/3.3ft above sea level) that their very existence is threatened by global warming. As such, since the 2008 election of young reformer Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives have worked hard to become one of the most environmentally friendly countries on earth, and continue to do so under new president Mohammed Waheed Hassan.
Beyond all the luxury and tourism, these coral islands are not the most hospitable, with inhabitants having long struggled in previous times to eke out a living here. There is little in the way of local resources, and while the immaculate ocean may make visitors wonder, it also serves as a constant threat.
Recently, it has become more feasible on the Maldives for independent travellers and backpackers to avoid the luxury hotels and stay among the local people. The growing number of private guesthouses may well give the Maldives a new lease of life away from big-money tourism. What luxury means, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.
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Maldives Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter the Maldives, a passport valid for six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
Tourist visas for 30 days are issued on arrival only, and are free of charge to all visitors in possession of valid travel documents.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the high commission/embassy for visa requirements for the Maldives.
Foreign visitors who enter the Maldives must be in possession of return or onward tickets and a minimum of US$100 and US$50 per person per day or have a confirmed hotel reservation for the intended period of stay in the Maldives.
You can extend tourist visas up to 90 days (including the initial 30 days granted on arrival) by applying to the immigration department.
Types and Cost
Visa on arrival: free.
Visa on arrival: 30 days.
Visas are issued on arrival at the immigration desk at Malé International Airport.
Extension of stay
Visa extensions are available for a fee of MRf700 for 60 days.
Entry with pets
It is illegal to bring dogs into the Maldives. Other pets must have a valid veterinary certificate.
Embassies and tourist offices
British High Commission in Sri Lanka
There is no British High Commission in Maldives. The British High Commission in Sri Lanka is responsible for developing and maintaining relations between the United Kingdom and Maldives.
Telephone: +94 (11) 5390 639.
Address: , 389 Bauddhaloka Mw, Colombo, Colombo 7,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 0800-1300.
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations in the USA
Telephone: (212) 599 6194 or (212) 599 6195.
Address: Suite 400E, 800 Second Avenue, New York, 10017,
High Commission of the Republic of Maldives in the UK
Maldives Health Care and Vaccinations
* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas.
There are two hospitals on Malé, the Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and the ADK private hospital. First-aid facilities are available on all resort islands. A decompression chamber is accessible in Malé in case of diving emergencies. Medical treatment in the Maldives can be very expensive and comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Food and Drink
The water provided in the resort areas is generally safe to drink. In other areas, water of uncertain origin used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Food in hotels and resorts is usually risk free, although visitors should be cautious elsewhere.
Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.
Maldives Public Holidays
New Year’s Day
Money and duty free for Maldives
Currency and Money
Maldivian Rufiya (MVR; symbol MRf) = 100 laari. Notes are in denominations of MRf500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of MRf2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 laari.
Most major island resorts, local and souvenir shops will accept American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa. Arrangements vary from island to island. There are ATMs widely available in Malé.
There are ATMs widely available in Malé.
These are generally accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency.
Major currencies can be exchanged at banks, tourist resort islands, hotels and leading shops. Payments in hotels can be made in most hard currencies (particularly US Dollars) in cash, traveller’s cheques or credit cards.
Maldives duty free
The following goods may be imported into the Maldives over 16 years old without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• Goods to the value of MRf6,000.
It’s important to note that while you can drink alcohol in all resorts, it’s illegal to import any alcoholic drinks. A doctor’s prescription is required for all medication.
Prohibited imports include religious materials offensive to Islam, idols for worship, pornography, narcotics, live pigs, dogs and dangerous animals.
Restricted imports include alcohol, arms and ammunition, chemicals, pork, live animals and plants, and communications equipment.
Numerous fish and marine products are banned from export, including coral, black coral necklaces, turtle shell, mother of pearl, conch shell and lobster meat.
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