Once a country missed by many cartographers, the Maldives today is well known as a tropical dream destination and many of the major airlines fly to the Maldives. Popular carriers include Emirates, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Condor, LTU, Monarch, Britannia, Sri Lankan Airlines, Indian Airlines and numerous charter services. The airport is also well equipped to handle private aircraft.
Entry & customs, Maldives
Tourist visas are issued upon arrival to any nationality at no charge. Visitors must have proof of onward/return transportation and sufficient funds for their stay. If a visitor intends to extend his/her stay, proper documentation should be obtained from the concerned government authorities. A passport with 6 months validity is needed for arrival. A landing card must be completed on arrival and photographs are not required.
After immigration clearance, Customs will inspect your baggage. Maldivian law prohibits the import of alcoholic beverages, narcotics, pornographic materials, weapons, ammunition, explosives and idols of worship. It is also prohibited to export turtle shells, black coral and other protected species and products made out of such species.
All transportation between the airport and the resorts is by boat or by seaplane depending on the distance
of the resort to the airport. In most cases the resorts will arrange for guests to be transferred to and from the airport during their stay.
Currency in the Maldives
The Maldivian Rufiyaa is the official currency of the Maldives. The current exchange rate is US$1 = MRF 15.42. The US Dollar is the most popular foreign currency. However, other international currencies can also be exchanged at the banks and authorised moneychangers. The commonly used credit cards are MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, JCB and Eurocard. Travellers cheques are accepted by most hotels, resorts and banks.
Telecommunications services are provided by Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun Pvt. Ltd, or Dhiraagu, and Wataniya Telecom Maldives. International Direct Dialing, telephone, telex, telegram, facsimile and Internet services are available. The mobile phone network is accessible from all resorts and inhabited islands.