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Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is Maldives?
Maldives is some small scattered islands in the Indian Ocean, comprising about 1190 or more single islands, across Equator, having an average temperature of 28.2 Degree Celsius. Maldives represent in Common Wealth and in United Nation. It's a Democratic nation, holding a population width of about 290,000 people.

Do I need a Visa to visit Maldives?
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 travel document. 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.

How is the Airport?
The Airport looks like an Aircraft Carrier from top. But actually, it's an island long and thin. This Airport could be considered as the safest Airport in the whole world. The reason behind this is that, there is only one run way.

What is the Capital?
The Capital of the Maldives is ""Male'"" pronounced ""Maa-ley"". Male? would also be counted as one of the smallest capitals in the world in terms of its physical size. One third of the country?s population, of about 75,000 people lives in Male?. Different from any other island in the country.

What is the currency used?
In Maldives we have our own currency called ""Maldivian Ruffiya"" (MRf). One United States Dollar is equivalent to 12.85 MRf (Maldives Monetary Authority buying rate) and this value doesn't vary much.

Could I be able to take liquor to the Capital City/Island?
Nobody is allowed to bring in liquor to Maldives, unless he or she has a special import license for liquor, beer and related products. If somebody has bought liquor and beer and related items on his/her way to Maldives from a duty free center, then products should be bonded in custom on their arrival to Maldives. And the goods will be released on their departure.

Is Maldives safe for the visitor?
Yes, Maldives is probably one of the safest places in the world.

Is the water safe to drink?
Each resort has its own water desalination plant. Bottled water is readily available in all islands.

Is there anything you will recommend us to bring?
If you desire, you can bring cigarettes (up to two cartons) and film (up to ten rolls). And don't forget an extra bottle of your favorite suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses, water socks (reef walkers) and any common insect repellent. Most of these are available from the hotel shops.

Is English widely spoken?
Yes, there will be no problems in communicating with people in many hotels, restaurants and on the public transport.

Can I use my Visa Card, Master Card, and Debit Card to get cash from the bank?
Most of the local and souvenir shops in Male accept all major credit cards but none of these shops can get you cash from your card. There are two or three merchants who can get you limited cash and this is only possible during weekdays as these merchants will be issuing you a cash check which you will have to en-cash it from the bank.

Why is Maldives a favorite among honeymooners?
Maldives is simply the ultimate in romance. Couples can immerse themselves in the incredible beauty of the islands and the casual, relaxed pace. With its mesmerizing sunsets and sweet aroma of flowers, Maldives radiates romance. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast brought to your overeater bungalow by canoe. Find a secluded islet for a private picnic.

Are there hospitals and medical facilities?
Maldives has excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies, a large government hospital and many private clinics in the capital city of Male?, all of the resorts are also equipped with outstanding medical facilities and clinics.


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