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List of things to consider travelling to the Maldives – How to plan for the Maldives

The tropical islands of the Maldives is an exotic country to visit if you're looking for your dream beach vacation. These are some of the things to factor in when planning your trip to the country.


Dress code

The sunny climate of the Maldives where the temperature seldom drops below 27C even during the night makes wearing too many clothes almost impossible. Loose clothes made from Silk, linen and cotton is recommended. Make sure to pack something that coves if your entire body if you plan to visit the city and explore the local culture as while the country is one of the top tourist destinations in the world for beach vacations most of its locals are made up of devout Muslims who are very conservative. Tourists are advised to dress appropriately when exploring places that are frequented by locals such places of worship, local markets and other tourist destinations in its capital city, Male.


Weather Conditions

The Maldives experiences warm weather all year long which normally fluctuates between 27C-31C during the day. January – April is when it experiences its dry monsoon and is considered the best time to visit as it is the least likely time period in the country to experience rain. The months of July- November which is considered the country's wet monsoon period is when it experiences heavy rainfall. Visitors will still, however, be able to experience 4-5 hours of sunshine during this time. The month of May and December are considered to be the transit months where the weather can be unpredictable.


It's a dry zone when it comes to alcohol

As mentioned earlier the Maldives is a devoutly Islamic country that prohibits its citizens from consuming alcohol. Any alcohol you bring through customs will be confiscated upon your entry to the country. You won't find any local restaurants and bars in the city that serve alcohol either. The only option is to purchase alcohol through the Maldives luxury resort or hotel property you're staying at similar to Milaidhoo Island Maldives.


Health concerns

Unlike some of the other Asian countries, you don't have to take any vaccinations or special medications prior to departing to the Maldives. Make sure that you're up-to-date on the recommended vaccinations in your local country. The only disease that you have to watch out for is dengue fever which is mainly prevalent in Male. This can be easily avoided by using a mosquito repellent of your choice during the day. Make sure to also carry lots of water and always stay hydrated to deal with the sunny weather.


Visa process

Travellers from most countries won't have to apply for a visa as it's given on arrival. Your passport has to be valid for the next month. You also have to show your hotel reservation and the return air ticket in order to enter the country. You'll be handed an entry form to fill out once you arrive in the country. One half of the form must be given to immigration upon arrival. Keep the other half of the form in a secure location as it must be handed over when you're leaving the country.



Most of the hotels and resorts in the country accept payments in US dollars. Tourists can book extra activities such as island hopping, scuba diving and jet skiing at the same time as part of their hotel booking to avoid having to coordinate anything upon arriving in the country. The only reason you'll to exchange money is if you're planning to visit Male.

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