Travel Information

Travel to Maldives

Although geographically isolated the Maldives is easily accessible by air from anywhere in Southeast Asia, Middle East and Europe. Colombo is an hour's journey away by air, from Singapore and Dubai it takes about four hours and from Europe it takes nine to eleven hours to reach Malé. Catch one these international airlines travel from your region click here


Tourist are issued a 30-day tourist visa on arrival. A valid travel document is necessary. Visa extensions are granted by the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Malé.

What to pack

The Maldives is warm throughout the year. Light, cotton and lien wear is ideal. Pack lots of tee shirts, beachwear, and wrap-around skirts, cotton shirts and shorts. For visits to inhabited islands, where most of the streets are of compact sand, or Malé where the street are paved, sandals are easy to walk on. Some essential items include swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat or a cap. If your travel plan includes traveling to many islands, a mosquito repellent may become handy.

Health requirements

An international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever and cholera is required by visitors arriving from infected countries.

Malé International Airport

Malé International Airport is on an island that only houses the airport and related facilities. The airport located on Hulhule Island is a modern well-equipped airport with all the facilities and services one would expect from an international airport. The airport complex houses terminals for arrivals and departures, landside shops and airside duty free shops, restaurants, medical facilities, bank, post office and other services. The island also houses the airport hotel.

Departure tax

The airport departure tax which is US$ 12.00 is usually included when you purchase your airline ticket.

Duty free shopping

Duty free shopping is only available at the departure terminal at Malé International Airport. The lounge has specialized shops with a wide variety of international brands selling well known products at competitive prices. The duty free lounge has shops for toys, souvenirs, perfume, electronics, watches, fashion accessories, jewelry, liquor and tobacco and confectionery.


The import of firearms, drugs, pornography and idols of worship are prohibited. Dogs, pigd, and pork products are also prohibited for import by tourists. Alcohol imported under a special license is available in all the resorts. Similarly pork products are available at most of the resorts as well. Prohibited products such as alcohol brought in by passengers are bonded and released at departure.

Airport Counter

On arrival you will be welcomed by our airport representative at the airport and he takes you to our counter just in front of the arrival gate and assists you to arrange your transfer.

Resort transfer

If you have a booking with a resort, transfer is usually arranged prior to your arrival. The options of speedboat or seaplane transfer where available is for you to choose from. For transfer to resorts close to the airport, motorboat or dhoni transfer is quite convenient. Even if you make a resort booking while in Malé, transfer arrangements are often made by the resort.

The Maldives has one of the largest seaplane fleets in the world, not surprising for a country with 99% ocean and more than a thousand islands. The low altitude seaplane journey offers you the additional opportunity to experience a breathtaking bird's eye view of the country.


Communication service in the Maldives is provided by the National Telecommunication Company DHIRAAGU. DHIRAAGU provides an efficient and reliable telephone service all over the Maldives. Whether you are on your chosen tourist resort or on any of the inhabited islands of the Maldives, you will have access to a telephone. On most resorts you will have international direct dial telephones in your room. Most cruising vessels also offer phone service. If you happen to make a visit to an island village nearby, it might be good idea to take a telephone card with you. Phone cards are available at many retail establishments including the shops on your resort.

Your resort will also be able to provide you with fax service.
DHIRAAGU also operates a pager service, a GSM mobile telephone service, along with the internet and cyber cafe' facilities. Please ask us if you need any of these services.

Banks & Currencies
The local currency is the Rufiya, and US$ 1.00 is equivalent to approximately 12.85 Rufiya, all major currencies are accepted widely in the country. The most commonly used credit cards are American Express, Visa, Master Card, Diner Club, JCB and Euro Card.

Banking hours are Sunday to Thursday: 08 am to 1:30 pm.