Travel Tips

Visiting the Maldives

Travel Advice

The Maldives is currently has had political instability. Check out the FCO for the latest travel advice.


The Maldives welcomes visitors from all countries, issuing a 30-day stamp on arrival. Citizens of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Nepal are given a 90-day stamp If you want to stay longer you will need to either apply for a visa or leave the country when your 30 days is up, then return.

While officially you are supposed to show US$30 for every day’s stay, this is not usually enforced.. However, you should know the name of your hotel and be able to show a return air ticket out of the country, if asked by immigration officials.

Working in the Maldives 

You must be officially sponsored by a company.

Getting around 

Boat, buses and ferries around the Maldives

Emergency services

Dialling 119 in Maldives directs you to the national police (Maldives Police Service), ambulance and fire services


The currency of the Maldives is the rufiya, which is divided into 100 larees. Notes come in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, five and two rufiya, Prices are pegged to that of the US dollar, so the exchange rate between the two currencies never changes. Most hotel and travel expenses will be billed in dollars. If you are staying in a resort, all extras (including diving costs) will be billed to your room, and you pay the day before departure. Resorts accept cash, credit cards or travellers cheques in all major currencies, although US dollars are preferred.

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