Health & Safety
Normally, authorities in the Maldives do not require vaccinations. However, if you are from a Central African or South American country, or if you have travelled through these areas before arriving in the Maldives, you need to have a valid certificate indicating that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Other than this exception, you do not need any specific vaccination certificates to visit the Maldives.
If you want to be extra careful, do consult your personal physician for his or her recommendations. Visitors should check with their carrier when making reservations, as health regulations may change with short notice.
The Maldives is probably one of the safest places to visit in the world with an extremely low crime rate.
Passport & Visas
Visitors to The Maldives must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).
If you are coming to the Maldives as a tourist, you do not need a visa. Upon arrival, you will be issued a 30-day tourist visa at the immigration counter. If you wish to stay more than 30 days, you will have to fill a special application for the extension of your tourist visa and there will be an extension fee.
Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing on holiday.
Banks & Foreign Exchange
In the Maldives the currency is called “Ruffia” or Rf. One US dollar is equivalent to 12.85 Rf. (at time of going to print)
Maldives Resorts, as well as hotels in Male’, accept US dollars, traveller’s cheques and major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, Master Card and Diners Club. British pounds, German marks, Italian lira and Eurocard are also accepted, although US dollars is more widely received.
There are foreign exchange facilities available at the airport, banks, resorts and hotels. Automated Teller Machines are available in the capital Male’. The resorts allow you to make payments in dollars or other major foreign currencies.
The Maldives Bank hours are from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm Sunday through Thursday. Friday is a public holiday.