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Welcome to Maldives

Maldives

Capital:        Malé
Currency:    Maldivian rufiyaa
Population:  345,023 (2013)

Maldives is one of the most visited holiday destinations for honeymooners, thanks to its beautiful nature. Being a tropical nation far in the Indian Ocean, it is renowned for its crystal clear beaches, lagoons and coral reefs. Asides its natural bliss Maldives is known to be very rich in sea foods. In fact, the capital Malé has one of the busiest fish markets which gave birth to lots of restaurants serving sea foods. It is worth noting that the popular Hukuru Miskiy, the Old Friday Mosque is located in Maldives. This building is a showcase of architectural masterpiece as it is made of coral stone.

Maldives is made up of 26 naturally formed atolls. However they are categorized into 20 for administrative purposes with unique names. The interesting part is that you can visit all the atolls by staying in resorts, hotels, guest houses and traversing across the ocean in liveaboards.

Information & Facts

Climate

Maldives, the sunny side of life is blessed with magical and breathtaking displays of sunshine for the better part of a year. Similar to tropical countries, the Maldives enjoys a dry and wet season. Conveniently, the hot and humid weather is complemented with cooling sea breezes and periodic rain.

Amidst the two seasons, there is little or no change in the temperature. This makes every season the best season to visit the Maldives.

Communications

The dialling code for Maldives is +960. As a traveller, you can purchase a SIM card from any of the mobile operators. You can also choose to roam your local line as most of the operators offer international roaming. Both voice and data services are available.

Almost all the resorts, hotels and restaurants provide free WiFi services to their guests. Internet service providers in the country offer data packages that can be utilised in 3G or 4G networks in most parts of the country.

Mailing services are also available with the likes of DHL and FedEx on ground to render postage services.

Customs

The customs and social behaviour of the Maldivians have been greatly influenced by the Indians, Sri Lankans, Arabs and North Africans who visited the Maldives while traversing through the trading routes of the central Indian Ocean. The Maldivian culture is rich and vibrant due to the infusion of various other cultural elements.

One of the most famous Maldivian cultural displays which involve singing and dancing is called the "Bodu Beru". The Bodu Beru performers, numbering around 20 will be wearing traditional garb of sarongs and white sleeved shirts. Bodu Beru performance is guaranteed to make you sway along with the drumbeats.

Electricity

The voltage of the electricity provided in the Maldives is 220-240 volts. Additionally the utility frequency of the power supplied is 50 Hz. Electricity is somewhat stable in Maldives as very rare cases of intermission are experienced.

Health

As a traveller, you might be required to get vaccinated for yellow fever and cholera. Largely, Maldives is a serene country and generally disease free.

Modern primary health care facilities are available in the Maldives. Practically all the resort islands provide the services of a resident doctor and first-aid services as required by the law. Health Centres and Hospitals located in the atolls can attend to non-serious medical issues

Language

The national language of the Maldives is called Dhivehi. There are varying dialects of Dhivehi language, especially in the southern parts of the country. However, formal Dhivehi is used in all the official and written communications. You won’t have issues communicating with the people as most of them can speak English language. English is also used as the business language.

Money

The national currency of the Maldives is Rufiyaa. The ISO recognised code for Rufiyaa is MVR. One Rufiyaa is subdivided into hundred laaris (cents). One US Dollar is equivalent to MVR 15.42. (Please check updated rate from your local vendor)

Debit/Credit cards are accepted in Maldives. Local and International Banks provide ATM services to customers. The normal banking hours are generally from Sunday to Thursday 08:00hrs-15:00hrs. As with many other countries, most Banks are closed on weekends, public and bank holidays. Local Banks may charge a nominal fee for ATM transactions involving International Credit Cards.

Passport Visa

Any tourist from any nationality is granted a free 30 day visa on arrival to the Maldives. Hence, there is no need for you to undergo any hassle with regards to obtaining prior visa. Once you reach the airport, Immigration personnel will assist you with the visa procedures. 

The free 30 day visa is granted upon complying with the following procedures:

  • Visitor should have a valid passport or travel document authorised by a sovereign state.
  • Visitor should have a valid return ticket to exit the Maldives.
  • Visitor should have the financial capacity to cover the expenses for the duration of the stay or a confirmed reservation from a tourist Hotel or Resort in the Maldives. The financial capacity is measured by US$100 + $50 dollars per day.

Safety

The national currency of the Maldives is Rufiyaa. The ISO recognised code for Rufiyaa is MVR. One Rufiyaa is subdivided into hundred laaris (cents). One US Dollar is equivalent to MVR 15.42. (Please check updated rate from your local vendor)

Debit/Credit cards are accepted in Maldives. Local and International Banks provide ATM services to customers. The normal banking hours are generally from Sunday to Thursday 08:00hrs-15:00hrs. As with many other countries, most Banks are closed on weekends, public and bank holidays. Local Banks may charge a nominal fee for ATM transactions involving International Credit Cards.

Time

Maldives is on UTC+5 timezone.

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