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Organising your trip to the Maldives

Organising your Maldives Holidays

Planning on going to the Maldives? Use these pages to find out all you need to know before you travel: weather, what to see and do during your Maldives holidays.

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Entry requirements, vaccinations and health for travel to the Maldives

A passport valid for 6 months after the return is required for travellers from the European Union wishing to travel to the Maldives.
A free three month visa is granted on arrival upon presentation of a return ticket.
No vaccinations are required but vaccination against hepatitis A & B is advised.
Plan to take any common medicines, mosquito repellent, high protection sun cream. You’ll also need sun glasses.
Don’t drink tap water, only bottled water.
Health warning for divers: please avoid air travel within 24 hours of finishing a dive.

Currency used in the Maldives

The local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa. However you’re not likely to encounter this as all transactions in the hotels are in US dollars or Euro!
One dollar is worth 11.72 RF and one Maldavian Rufiyaa equals 0.094 Euro. Travellers cheques and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are accepted in all the hotels.
Tips are not mandatory but they will however be gratefully received. The exact amount is at your discretion; around 1 – 2 dollars per day per person is acceptable.

Electricity

AC current is 220-440 volts. It is advised to bring an international travel adaptor to ensure you can plug your electrical items into sockets.

Time difference and travel time for trips to the Maldives

The Maldives is 5 hours ahead of the UK in winter and 4 hours in summer. Some atolls however have their own time zones which vary between +1 and +2 hours in order to make the most of available daylight…
You should allow around 13.5 hours flying time to reach the Maldives from London airports via Dubai.

Ethics

Nudism is forbidden in the Maldives and going topless is generally allowed on private beaches belonging to the hotels. In mosques and temples one should remove ones shoes, and wear suitable clothing (avoid bear legs and shoulders and low necklines).
It is forbidden to carry bottles of alcoholic drinks in your luggage and doing may be penalised.

Language

Locals speak Maldivian but in Male and all the islands English is often spoken, as well as French, although the latter to a much lesser extent. Some islands are French speaking but this is much less common.

Weather and climate in the Maldives

The climate in the Maldives is tropical, hot and humid. Like all equatorial regions, the climate in the Maldives is subject to the whims of 2 short monsoon periods. From November to March, the “dry” winter monsoon (iruvai) is characterised by a north-easterly wind and high temperatures; between Mai and November, the humid summer monsoon (hulhangu) brings more pleasant temperatures with stronger winds from the south-east. The average air temperature is 28˚C and the water’s 27˚C throughout the year.

What to pack for a holiday in the Maldives

During the day you will need swim wear, casual clothing and shorts as well as something to protect you from the sun; sun glasses, hat and high protection sun cream. It is also advisable to bring plastic sandals for protection against the coral that carpets the sea bed.
Evening dress is required in some hotels in the Maldives.