Travel information for Maldives
To visit the Maldives, it is necessary to carry a passport with a three-month validity after the return date (i.e. it must expire more than three months after the return date). All visitors are required a hotel reservation, a return ticket (or must show a valid ticket and visa to another country) and at least 25 USD per person per day of stay; however, checks are not usually carried out if you have a valid hotel reservation. The visa is valid for 30 days. As it is a tourist visa, it does not entitle foreigners to find a job, start an activity or practice a profession. In these cases you need another type of visa. Tourists who remain for a longer period without permission can be arrested and/or deported; a tourist visa can however be extended before its expiration date for a total maximum of 90 days; therefore, if you plan to stay more than 30 days, ask your resort staff to apply for a visa extension. Visitors in transit can stay in the Maldives for a maximum of 24 hours. In case of delays, it is necessary to modify the permission. Those who want to travel autonomously within the atolls must request a permit called "Inter-Atoll Travel Permit"; applications are handled by the Male' Atoll Minister..
Baggage maximum allowed weight is usually 20 Kg on international flights. All baggage is weighed once again before leaving the island. Some tour operators indicate on their catalogue a maximum of 15 kg for charter flights. It is better to ask in advance, in order to avoid problems at the check-in. It is better to carry a hand-luggage containing the necessary kit (a T-shirt and a bathing suit), in case the luggage is lost or delivered with delay. Hand-baggage maximum allowed weight is generally 5 kg. We remind you that it is not allowed to bring sharpened or metal objects, such as forceps, nail files and scissors in the hand-luggage, even if they are very small; there are also restrictions on liquids.
It is allowed to introduce a maximum of 200 cigarettes for personal use, whereas it is absolutely forbidden to import alcoholic drinks, narcotics, psychotropic substances, pork meat, drugs, pornographic material, harpoon guns, weapons, ammunitions and explosives of any nature. Also leaflets, books or publication promoting religion different than Muslim are forbidden. In case you need a special medicine, you must bring a certificate translated into English. When you leave the Maldives, you cannot carry with you madreporas, corals, shells and sand. It is possible to buy the most common shells in Maleâ or in the fishermenâs villages, with the exception of the triton shell.