Valid passport for a minimum of six months required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
Tourist visas for 30 days will be issued on arrival only and are free of charge to all visitors in possession of valid travel documents.
Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the high commission/embassy for visa requirements
(a) Foreign visitors who enter the Maldives must be in possession of return or onward tickets and a minimum of US$100 and US$50 per person per day or confirmed hotel reservation for the intended period of stay in the Maldives. (b) Tourist visas can be extended by 90 days (including the initial 30 days granted on arrival) by applying to the immigration department.
Visas are issued on arrival at the immigration desk at Maldives International Airport.
Tourist Info - Maldives
A group of islands in the Indian Ocean, 500km (300 miles) southwest of the southern tip of India.
298 sq km (115 sq miles)
Republic since 1965. Gained independence from the UK in 1965. Democracy established in 2008
The national language is Dhivehi. English is widely used as a business language in government offices and the commercial sector. Other languages are widely used within tourist areas.
The indigenous population is entirely Sunni Muslim, and the group practice of other religions is illegal.
GMT + 5
Airmail to Western Europe takes about one week.
230volts AC(or 50 hertz) is the frequency at which electricity is available.Plugs used are of the round two-and three-pin type, although square-pin plugs are now becoming more common.
Country code: 960
Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent throughout the islands. Handsets can be hired by the day.
The Internet can be accessed from most areas of the Maldives. Malé, the capital, has a lack of internet cafes, but Wi-Fi is available in many cafes. Almost all resorts have Internet connections, though these are rarely free.
Post office hours
Sat-Thurs 0730-1330 and 1600-1750
Maldives Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB)
3rd Floor, H. Aage 12, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé, Republic of Maldives
Tel: 323 3228