Maldives Travel Guide

Maldives FAQ

What do I need before travelling?

We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for Maldives before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.

What are the visa requirements?

British citizens will be able to obtain a tourist visa for a period of up to 30 days upon arrival in the Maldives, provided you can show proof of a valid onward or return ticket and enough funds to cover the duration of your stay. 

What is the currency in the Maldives?

The currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa. Hotels and resorts however do not accept local currency and we suggest that you change money to US Dollars..Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels and resorts. 

Will I need to bring an adaptor?

The electrical socket used in the Maldives tend to vary throughout the different islands, so you may or may not need an adaptor; we would advise checking which power sockets are used in your resort in advance of your trip. 

What is the language in the Maldives?

The official language of the Maldives is Dhivehi, a language of Indo-European origins; however, English is also widely spoken across the islands due to it being the main language used in Maldivian schools.

Are there any customs or public holidays that I should be aware of?

The Maldives is an Islamic country, and the local laws reflect this. Take care to respect local customs, laws and traditions at all times, particularly in the holy month of Ramadan or when visiting religious areas. 

Are the Maldives safe?

Crime levels in the Maldives are generally low, but petty crime does occur, so take care to keep your valuables and personal possessions secure; use safe deposit boxes on island resorts and avoid leaving possessions unattended on the beach or in hotel rooms. 

What is the cuisine like?

Maldivian cuisine draws on strong influences from its neighbouring countries, especially India and Sri Lanka, and curries are a popular dish. Being surrounded entirely by the sea, fish is also a dominant feature of the cuisine, as are coconuts, rice, lime, chillies and onions. 

What nightlife is available?

The nightlife in the Maldives varies from island to island; while some go to great lengths to provide lively evening entertainment in their resorts, most tend to be more sedate. 

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