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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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08 Travel Tips to Know Before you Travel in Maldives -For a perfect holiday!

To make sure you have the perfect holiday under the sun in the tropical Maldives here are a few tips!


Travelling to Maldives

Maldives is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world. There are travellers from around the world to grab the special airfares and tour packages available. There are fewer budget carriers flying to Maldives directly so make sure to book in advance to enjoy early bird offers. Another good option is to go for a tour package, which includes travel and accommodation at a special rate.


Visa requirements

All visitors need to carry a valid passport when entering the country however a visa is submitted on arrival free of charge. The visa is generally valid up to 30 days. There are four airports on the island Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Hanimaadhoo International Airport, Villa International Airport and Gan International Airport. All visitors must show the financial capacity for the duration of the trip. If you need further extension it can be obtained from the department of immigration.


Make your hotel reservation before arriving

Maldives is home to a range of luxury accommodation options such as Baros Maldives resort as well as budget hotels. However, it is always advisable to book your hotel online. The last thing you need is to be on a remote island with no accommodation, so book Maldives luxury resorts of your choice online to avoid the hassle. Do your homework before making the reservation, if you are travelling on a budget then check the airport transfer rates to the hotel as well since seaplane and speedboat transfers may cost more.



Dhoni (vessel) is the main source of public transport between islands. Hotels located in the furthest atolls need to be reached by seaplanes, helicopters or speedboats but flying is usually the most preferred choice since it saves time. For sightseeing and just getting around the island is usually done on foot. Taxis services are also available.


Prohibited in the Maldives

Maldives is an Islamic nation, therefore, you cannot carry alcoholic drinks (even the ones bought from the duty-free shops) when entering the country. Do not carry any type of material that may be offensive to Islam. Pets, ammunition, narcotics, pornography and food containing pork are prohibited to the island as well.



Dhivehi is the commonly used language of Maldives. Dhivehi is a language that includes certain words from English, Hindi, Arabic, and Sinhala languages. Since the majority of locals speak English, communication is not an issue.


Dress Code

Since Maldives is an Islamic country there are certain restrictions for locals in their dress code. When you are within the resort premises its fine to wear any type of swimsuits however it's best to avoid it when you are outside the resort. Even though locals are accustomed to having tourists on the island it's best to respect the local culture and do things that may seem offensive.


Unique treats

Try the Maldivian 'short eats'. These are bite-sized snacks served at small cafes. These delicious savouries usually come with a fish, meat or vegetable filling. These are affordable on the snacks that you are surely going to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea.