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Travel guide to Maldives

Passports
Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date and have two blank facing pages. If you do not have this, you will be denied boarding at your departure airport. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted.
Visas
A free 30-day tourist visa is issued on arrival.
Health
There are no compulsory health requirements, but you should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters. If you are prone to motion sickness, take tablets for any light aircraft flights. Always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations. Vaccinations sometimes advised: Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB. There is no malaria or yellow fever in the Maldives.
Currency
Maldivian Rufiyaa (RF) - but tourists use sterling (GBP), euros (EUR) or US dollars (USD). Remember to ask for small denominations, which are useful for tipping
Language
Maldivian Dhivehi - but English is spoken at resorts
Time Zone
GMT + 5 Hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights 
 
Baggage – if you are flying on a light aircraft, your luggage must be packed in soft sports bags, usually restricted to 15 kg. Rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods and will be left behind 
 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen 
 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security. Any device that does not switch on cannot be checked in and must be surrendered 
 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and turn off data roaming to avoid nasty bills. Most hotels offer free Wi-Fi but be aware that some regions may not have cell phone coverage 
 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad.  
 
Clothing – casual light clothing is advised including T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sunhat, swimming costume, sunglasses, sunscreen and flip-flops. Dress modestly if visiting Male, with shoulders, arms and legs covered. Sanitising hand cleaner/wet wipes and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses 
 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). If you are a keen birder we suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share 
 
Plugs – type G (flat 3-pin, same as UK) 
 
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights 
 
 
Water – tap water is safe to brush your teeth, but as it is desalinated you will probably prefer to drink bottled water 
 
Food – a wide variety of delicious seafood and international cuisine is served. Vegetarians and food allergies are well catered for 
 
Safety – Maldives is a very safe destination, but take all sensible precautions when in transit. We suggest you leave valuable jewellery/watches at home and keep spare cash in your hotel safe 
 
Tipping – as a 10 % service charge is automatically included in all services, no tipping is required - apart from $1 per bag for porters.
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