Tourist Information

The Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit.

The Maldives at a Glance

Time: GMT+5hrs
Capital island: Male’
Total islands: 1,190
Inhabited islands: 200
Resort islands: 105
Population: Approx. 350,000
Major industries: Tourism and Fishing
Currency: Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 15.42)
Electricity: 240 AC
Government Working hours: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday to Thursday
Bank hours: 9:00am to 3:00 pm Sunday to Thursday

Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you their arms.

Irrespective of nationality, all tourists will receive a 30 day visa free of charge on arrival in Maldives.

It is prohibited for tourists to bring firearms, alcoholic beverages, pork products, pornography and idols of worship into the Maldives. Additionally, strict penalties apply to those attempting to bring illegal drugs into the country.

No specific vaccinations are required to enter the Maldives. However, in some cases vaccinations may be required.

Find out about getting married in the Maldives, and what banking and health facilities are available in the Maldives.

Visit Maldives

For information on holidaying in the Maldives, including a comprehensive guide to resorts, things to do and much more, visit Visit Maldives.

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