Paradise awaits you… If your idea of paradise is a pristine tropical island with swaying palm trees and pure white beaches surrounded by crystalline lagoons of varying shades of blue – then the Maldives Islands will definitely fit the bill.
1. Where is Maldives located?
The Maldives is an archipelagic nation of 1190 islands scattered across the Central Indian Ocean, belonging to the continent of Asia. The closest neighbours to the Maldives are India and Sri Lanka.
2. What is the time difference?
The Maldives are five hours ahead (GMT +05:00) of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
3. How to reserve accommodations in the Maldives?
Resorts and Hotels operate websites through which you can directly confirm your accommodation. There are many licensed Travel Agencies and Tour Operators that provide booking services online and offline as well. International Tour Operators from various countries also facilitate travel services to the Maldives.
4. What is the most popular season to visit the Maldives?
The sun shining throughout the year, any time is a good time to visit the Maldives. Rainfalls occur frequently during June and July. From December till April, is considered as the dry season. During the dry season you can enjoy plenty of sunshine. The rainy season is perfect for surfers to ride the legendary swells.
5. How can I reach the Maldives?
You can reach the Maldives aboard numerous International Airlines that operate daily flights to the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE). Alternatively you can also reach the Maldives by embarking on a sea journey with the International Cruise operators to the Maldives.
6. How do I get around in the Maldives?
Once you reach the International Airport, you will be transferred to your chosen holiday island, through a local airline that operates flights to the regional airports or aboard a seaplane that operates flights to the resort islands or speed launch and ferry boat transfer to nearby destinations. Representatives of the resorts, hotels and travel agencies will help you with transferring from the airport.
7. What are the visa requirements to visit the Maldives?
The Maldives is one of the easiest countries to acquire a tourist visa, as any visitor with a valid passport will be granted a free 30 day visa upon arrival.
8. What are the health requirements in the Maldives?
A visitor coming from a region where cholera and yellow fever is endemic requires an inoculation certificate from cholera or yellow fever. Children less than 1 year are exempted from this health requirement.
Visitors arriving within 6 days after leaving or transiting in countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, without obtaining a yellow fever vaccination certificate are subject to the vaccination upon arrival and will be quarantined for 10 days at their own expenses.
9. What are the prohibited and restricted goods?
It is prohibited to import religious materials offensive to Islam, idols (for worship), pornographic materials, narcotics and psychotropic substances and live pigs.
Restricted items include arms and ammunitions, alcohol and Spirits, pork and its by-products, dogs and dangerous animals unless authorised by the government. The Maldives Customs Service will confiscate any prohibited or restricted items listed here.
10. Is it allowed to bring pets to the Maldives?
It is not allowed to bring dogs to the Maldives. However, you can bring cats to the Maldives provided that the cat has been vaccinated for rabies and various other diseases, one month prior to visiting the Maldives.
11. What is the currency of the Maldives?
The currency of the Maldives is Rufiyaa. All the major international currencies can be exchanged at favourable rates through banks and licensed money exchangers.
12. What are the credit cards used in the Maldives?
Major International Credit Cards like American Express, Visa Card, Master Card and JCB Card can be used in the Resorts, Hotels, Restaurants and major Shops of the Maldives.
13. What are the languages spoken in the Maldives?
The native language of the Maldives is called Dhivehi. English is widely spoken in the country. Major resorts and hotels provide the services of translators, fluent in popular international languages.