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Do I need a visa for the Maldives from the UK?

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Wondering whether you need a visa for the Maldives from the UK? You’re in the right place. 

When the Maldives is calling your name, it’s hard to think of anything but white sandy beaches and azure waters lapping at the shores. But before you start imagining yourself lounging in those pristine scenes, let’s get to the important question: do you need a visa for the Maldives from the UK?

Visa Requirements for the Maldives from the UK

First things first, let’s talk visas. Lucky for us, the Maldives is one of those paradise destinations that welcomes visitors with open arms. If you’re a UK passport holder, you can breathe a sigh of relief because you currently don’t need a visa for short stays of up to 30 days. Sun-soaked bliss without the hassle of visa applications? Yes please. 

Before you start packing though, it’s always best to double-check your information and make sure you’re up to date the latest visa requirements for the Maldives from the Government travel advice page. You can do that on the link below.

Click HERE to check the latest visa requirements for the Maldives from the UK

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Passport Requirements for the Maldives from the UK

If you’re a true travel junkie, you’ll already have your passport’s expiration date etched into your memory, but if you’re not sure when it’s expiring – check NOW! 

There really is nothing worse than getting to the airport and discovering you haven’t got a full 6 months left on your passport (trust us, we’ve seen it happen too many times!). So to make sure you meet the passport requirements for the Maldives from the UK, PLEASE check it’s valid for at least another six months beyond your planned departure date for your return journey.

And if your passport is due for renewal soon, get on the case straight away – the UK passport office isn’t exactly renowned for reliably quick turnarounds! 

You might have to fly to get to the Maldives, but there’s plenty you can do to mitigate your air travel and practise eco-tourism when you’re there – click here for some ideas.

Vaccine Requirements for the Maldives from the UK

As we’re writing this, there aren’t currently any mandatory vaccination requirements for the Maldives from the UK, nor are there any Covid-19 rules to speak of. Still, it doesn’t hurt to check the latest advice well in advance of your departure date – at least 8 weeks please!

Some travellers might require a yellow fever certificate, depending on your circumstances or where you’ve travelling during your journey to the Maldives. You’ll find the latest vaccine requirements for the Maldives on the Travel Health Pro website – just hit the link below. 

Click HERE to check the latest vaccine requirements for the Maldives from the UK on Travel Health Pro

Pro-tip: A healthy traveller is a happy traveller, so make sure your routine vaccinations are up to date, and consider consulting with your healthcare provider for any additional recommendations based on your individual health needs.

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What are the customs rules for the Maldives from the UK?

You’ll need to declare anything that could be subject to tax or duty when entering the Maldives, and it’s also illegal to bring in anything that could be seen to be contrary to Islam. Best leave your idols and bibles at home. Definitely don’t bring any pork or alcohol in either, and you shouldn’t have a problem.

Does that mean you can’t drink any alcohol when you’re in the Maldives? Nope, it doesn’t, but you definitely won’t be able to buy any in the shops as the sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the Maldives. There ARE exceptions though – in island resorts and floating bars, where you can get your favourite tipple (just be prepared to pay a high price for the privilege).

Booze will be the last thing on your mind when you’ve got an itinerary like this to play with! If you’re thinking of travelling to the Maldives, click here to find out how to do it Bucket List Company style, and check out our jam-packed schedule of excitement, relaxation, forest walks, mangrove kayaking… and lots and lots of tropical fish. 

How much money should I take to the Maldives from the UK? 

Ah, the money talk – always a bit tricky but crucial for a smooth journey. The Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR) is the official currency, but US dollars are widely accepted too, and credit cards tend to be accepted for all resort transactions. 

You’re not allowed to bring more than $10,000 in cash into the country with you without declaring it – not that we’d ever recommend carrying anywhere near that amount. 

Having some local currency on hand for the fabulous local markets or smaller establishments is a smart move though. But, and it’s a big but, there’s no need to go overboard. Set a budget, stick to it, and focus on creating unforgettable memories rather than counting pennies.

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Got the Maldives on your Bucket List? 

Nobody can blame you – there aren’t many places on earth quite so beautiful. But growing tourist numbers are having their impact on this incredible place, so if you want to go to the Maldives, be careful to choose an operator who’ll facilitate a fantastic adventure with a low carbon footprint. 

We can help you there. The manageable monthly payment instalments, top-to-toe organisation and friendly groups of like-minded travellers don’t hurt either! Click HERE to check out the Bucket List Company itinerary, check that passport and start getting excited. If you don’t book it now…will you ever? 

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