Maldives Travel Fact File (January 2024)

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The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an archipelagic state and country in South Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean.

Climate in Maldives

Located near the equator, the Maldives enjoy a tropical climate that is consistently hot and often humid all year round, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. Between December and April rainfall amounts are at their lowest, accompanied with the longest hours of sunshine.

Time Difference in Maldives

Maldives is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time

Language in Maldives

While the national language is Dhivehi, most Maldivians can speak English with no problems. In fact, many staff at various Maldives resorts can speak French, German, Mandarin, and other international languages.

Commonly Used Words in Maldives

Hello = Assalaamu alaikum

Goodbye = Dhanee

Thank you = Shukuriyaa

Please = Adhes kohfa

Yes = Aan

No = Noon

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Which Plug Do I Need in Maldives?

On the Maldives the power plug sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.

What is The Local Currency in Maldives?

Maldivian Rufiyaa £100 = 1950.39 Maldivian Rufiyaa (as of January 2024)

What Credit Cards Can I Use in Maldives?

All major credit cards are accepted in the country.

Tipping in Maldives

Tips are not included in the overall price of our treks and adventure trips, but most trekkers do tip their guides, porters, and cooks on the penultimate or final day of the trip. Tipping is a universal custom in adventure travel, but is not obligatory, so you should never feel forced into it, but it is a tradition on the trail. Tipping policies can be found through the Vamoos app for each individual trip.

Approximate Food & Drink Prices in Maldives (January 2024)

Coke/Pepsi 17.33 Rf

Water 5.38 Rf

Coffee 42.42 Rf

Non-Alcoholic Beer 76.97 Rf

Inexpensive Meal 85.00 Rf

Passport Validity for Maldives

If entering Maldives as a tourist, you will be granted a 30-day visa upon arrival and your passport must be valid for a minimum of one month. However, if arriving by air, most airlines state that your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the Maldives. Check with your transport provider or tour operator before travelling. You should ensure your passport has no damage or you may be stopped by Immigration, who examine passports carefully.

COVID-19 Requirements for Maldives? (January 2024)

There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Maldives.

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Vaccination requirements for Maldives (other than COVID-19)

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and certificates you need in TravelHealthPro’s Maldives guide.    

Depending on your circumstances, these may include a yellow fever certificate.

Do I Need a Visa for Maldives? (January 2024)

You will get a 30-day visa on arrival if you enter Maldives as a tourist. If you intend to work in Maldives, you must get a work visa before you travel. For further information on entry requirements and visas, contact the Maldives immigration department.

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