Armed with the following details, you will be able to have a relaxing and worry-free holiday in the Maldives:
When to arrive?
There is year-round tropical weather in the Maldives so you can go any time of the year. Even, December to April are the best months to plan a holiday. The longest hours of sunlight with a little chance of rain are encountered during these months. These are also common times to visit, however, so hotels and resorts can be booked in full and the prices are higher compared to other months.
What’s there to carry?
When visiting the country, you don’t really need many things to carry because the basics are readily available at shops located in resorts. But to remind you of that, here’s a list of the things you need to have:
High-spf sunscreen with
Suits for swimming
Hat or Cap
Repellant for Insects
Soft clothes from cotton
Dollars and credit cards from the US
What you should wear?
Since in the Maldives it is typically hot and humid, it is recommended that visitors should wear light t-shirts and shorts. The clothing is generally casual if you are going there for a business meeting. Bring a thin rain jacket if you intend to visit during the rainy season. Wear modest clothes when you’re in the capital, Male. The country is a Muslim nation, so be respectful; nudity is forbidden.
Requirements for Entry and Exit
It is only possible to reach the Maldives by air, as the country is composed of tiny islands. The criteria for entry are few and clear. What you need to have is a passport that is valid. When you arrive, regardless of where you come from, you are issued a free entry visa that is valid for 30 days. Visitors are advised to confirm their hotel or resort reservations before landing, but if you have not booked a resort or hotel, reservations can be made directly at the Tourist Information Counter in the arrival hall.
Be ready to have enough funds and a return flight ticket (US$25 per day of stay). Prepare US$10 as an exit tax before leaving.
Please note: if you intend to visit the Maldives during the peak season (December to April), make a reservation in advance, as hotels and resorts are often fully booked.
The local currency is referred to as Rufiyaahah (about 12.75 Rufiyaah to a dollar). Many resorts, however, recognize dollars as a form of payment. Euros, pounds, yen, and sterling may be recognized by larger resorts. The bank and ATMs are located only in Male, the capital. Small stores typically do not accept credit cards, so when shopping, make sure you have cash.
There are 2 seasons in the Maldives: rainy and dry. The rainy season is May through November; the dry season is December through April (which is also the best months to visit the country). Nonetheless, due to its position on the equator, it experiences a year-round tropical climate. The nation sees a little rain and extra hours of sunshine during the dry season. Rain is expected during the wet season, but the temperature is still warm. The temperature is an average of 27.7 C (82 F). Temperatures seldom dip below 25 C (77 F).
Security and Crime
A reasonably secure country is Maldives. Though there are petty crimes, they can be restricted to Male and other islands populated. Just do not leave your valuables unattended, in order to be secure.