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Maldives - Travel Advisory


You do not require a Visa prior to arrival in the Maldives. All tourists from all the countries in are granted free 30 day visa upon arrival. However, all the visitors need a valid passport. If a passport expiry date falls within 30 days of arrival, tourists cannot extend their stay beyond the passport expiry date. Working/ Employment under tourist visa is prohibited. Working visas are provided by the Ministry of Human Resources Employment and Labor.

Regulations and norms

It must be said that official regulations do not allow public nudity anywhere in the Maldives. Even at the beach on your resort or swimming or snorkeling around your cruise boat. At least bikinis or swimming trunks are a must. Most resorts do not allow swimwear inside the restaurants, to avoid offending fellow holidaymakers. At the in-house bars or restaurants casual cotton tropical wear is highly recommended.

Visiting inhabited islands or Male' the capital requires paying a little attention to what you wear. Most resorts would advise you on this before you leave on excursions. Please be sensitive to local norms, culture and traditions. On such visits it is important to be clad in a decent garment, which covers one's body from the shoulders to the knees. If you envisage attending a formal meeting or making a formal visit, do bring along light formal wear.