Maldives Travel Information
To combat the spread of covid-19, the Maldives
authorities have declared a state of emergency in the
health sector and introduced a nationwide curfew/
lockdown until May 2. Strict entry restrictions have
been introduced and all commercial flights, both
nationally and internationally, have been temporarily
halted. For more information about coronavirus and
entry, see the entry Entry and Health.
Maldives is a popular tourist destination and most
trips to Maldives are undertaken without any special
problems. Norwegian citizens are encouraged to exercise
normal due diligence. travel and stay on the island
Crime in the Maldives is low, but theft can occur in
hotels and beaches. You should take care of your
valuables and other personal belongings, especially when
traveling in Mal¨¦. The safe in the hotel should be used.
At the request of the police, one may be required to
show identification. Travelers are therefore encouraged
to carry a copy of the passport and keep the original in
a safe place.
Credit card fraud can occur, so be careful when using
credit cards, especially in stores and restaurants.
Maldives has severe penalties for drug offenses.
Possession of all kinds of drugs, even in small
quantities, is strictly prohibited. Drug smuggling and
storage can provide up to life in prison.
Import of the following items into the Maldives is
prohibited: explosives, weapons, firearms, ammunition,
pornographic material, materials considered to be in
violation of Islam, including idols, Bibles, pork/pork
products and alcohol. The export of turtle shells and
corals is also not allowed.
The Maldives authorities take security issues
seriously and the fight against terrorism and extremism
is high on the political agenda. Returning foreign
warriors and increasing radicalization pose a risk of
terrorist attacks against tourists in the Maldives.
- Countryaah: Male is the capital
of Maldives. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The sea around the Maldives can have strong
underwater currents and several foreign nationals are
drowning every year. It is recommended to be careful
when swimming in the sea and to consult with the
hotel/travel operator about local conditions.
The Maldives are not particularly vulnerable to
natural disasters, but the location of the Maldives and
the topography of the atolls make the country vulnerable
to tsunamis. The country was last hit by the Indian
Ocean tsunami in December 2004.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period in the Maldives are encouraged to register on the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel registration pages.
Emergency telephones: Ambulance 102, fire 118, police
In case of an emergency in the Maldives please
contact the Norwegian Consulate in Mal¨¦ on + 960 3333
000. Address: Dalina Building 5th Floor, 20183 Orchid
Magu, Mal¨¦, Maldives.
Outside the opening hours of the consulate or
embassy, please contact the UD's 24-hour operational
center on tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail:
It should be noted that the visa issuance scheme was
abolished on 27 March 2020. Diplomatic personnel,
official delegations from other countries and
international organizations will be exempt from these
rules. However, these are requested to provide
information on arrival to the Maldivian Foreign Ministry
in good time to ensure the necessary approval.
The Foreign Service is not responsible if the
following information on entry regulations or visa
requirements is changed at short notice. It is the
responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel
documents are valid for entry and to familiarize
themselves with the current entry rules for each
In order to combat the spread of covid-19, Maldivian
authorities have imposed strict entry restrictions.
Travelers who have been to the following countries are
denied entry into the Maldives:
- China, as of February 4, 2020
- Iran, as of February 26, 2020
- Korea (Daegu, Busan, Gyeonbuk and Gyeongnam),
March 3, 2020
- Italy, March 8, 2020
- Bangladesh, from 10 - 24 March 2020
- Spain, as of March 15, 2020
- France, March 15, 2020
- Germany (Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and
Baden-W¨¹rttemberg), as of March 15, 2020
- Malaysia, March 17, 2020
- United Kingdom, March 19, 2020
- Sri Lanka, March 21, 2020
The ban also applies to travelers who have been in
transit in or been to one of the countries mentioned in
the last 14 days. Authorities have also temporarily
suspended cruise ships and other passenger boats from
adding quays to the Maldives. Foreigners living in the
Maldives who have been in the above countries will enter
the country, but will be imposed 14 days with quarantine
The authorities also prohibit travel between resorts
and islands, this does not apply to tourists who are on
their way to the airport to leave the country.
All Norwegians traveling in the Maldives are
encouraged to return home as soon as possible, in a safe
and quiet manner, in consultation with their travel or
airline. Norwegian citizens living in Maldives should
heed the advice and guidance of local authorities. Feel
free to contact your insurance company and any Norwegian
employer for their advice and recommendations. If you
have questions about how covid-19 affects Norwegians on
travel, read more on the pages about coronavirus.
When traveling to Maldives, you must have a valid,
machine-readable passport and visa. Passport must be
valid for more than six months.
If you come to work in the Maldives, a visa must be
arranged through the employer before entering.
Updated Maldives entry rules can be found on the
Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Maldives import regulations can be found on the
Maldives Customs Service website.
Coronavirus (covid-19): A viral
disease originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan has
been detected in the Maldives. Maldivian authorities
declared state of emergency in health sector on March
12, 2020 due to pandemic.
The number of covid-19 infected is rapidly
increasing, and the authorities have therefore
introduced a 14-day lockdown for the entire country from
17 April. Several islands are under strict observation
due to suspected infection. Authorities regularly update
the list of islands under observation. More information
about covid-19 in the Maldives can be read at Covid-19
The government has established three influenza
clinics in Mal¨¦ for testing covid-19. These are:
- Senahiya military hospital at Moonlight Hingun
which is for people showing symptoms of the virus
but without a history of travel for the last 14 days
to countries with proven outbreak of covid-19.
- Sinamale 'Travel Flu Clinic' at Koimala Hingun
which is for people who are showing symptoms of the
virus and who have a travel history for the last 14
days to countries with proven outbreaks.
- Influenza clinic located at a pre-school at
Hulhumale near Schwack Cinema which is for foreign
nationals and tourists. Visitors do not need to
present identification or work permit.
Travelers are encouraged to follow the advice and
directions of local authorities.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
More information about the rules and restrictions
related to entry into the Maldives can be found under
The public hospitals in Maldives are of varying
standards, but several of the private hospitals have
consistently good standards, with specialists in most
areas and disciplines. There are five major hospitals in
Mal¨¦ and Hulhumale, both private and public, in addition
to a number of private clinics. Although many of the
resorts have a doctor attached to the place, and some of
the hotels have their own medical facilities, many of
the resorts are several hours away from the hospitals in
Travelers are advised to take out travel insurance as
private hospital stays can quickly turn up in
substantial sums. Otherwise, refer to health stations in
Norway for an overview of necessary and recommended
vaccines. International vaccination certificate is
Be prepared for tropical hot climate with high
humidity. Use sunscreen with high sun factor and drink
plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
Measurements: In January 2020, cases
of measles were reported in Mal¨¦. The outbreak happened
a year and a half after the World Health Organization
(WHO) declared the Maldives free of measles.
Dengue fever :
There has recently been an increase in the number of
dengue fever in the Maldives. The mosquito species that
transmits the dengue virus is most often found in
inhabited areas, where it lives in stagnant water. It
sticks especially during the day. Dengue fever often
appears as a powerful flu with a high fever, severe
headaches behind the eyes, as well as joints and muscle
pain. Nausea, vomiting, coughing and throat pain may
also occur. Three to five days later, about half get a
red rash that usually starts on the chest and spreads to
the arms, legs and face. Not everyone gets symptoms
after the infection. If symptoms occur, these usually
start four to seven days after the time of infection,
but can range from three days up to 14 days.
Common dengue fever is rarely a deadly disease. In a
few cases, the disease can develop into a more severe
form called demoragic dengue fever (HDF). In HDF, fluid
leaks out of the bloodstream, the number of platelets in
the blood drops, and the liver function is affected. The
result is severe fluid deficiency, circulatory failure
and the risk of severe internal bleeding. The risk of
HDF is small the first time you get dengue fever, but
increases if you later become infected with another type
of dengue virus.
There is no vaccine or tablets for the disease.
Therefore, take precautions against mosquito bites. Wear
long sleeve and trouser legs, use mosquito repellent and
sleep with air conditioning on and mosquito nets over
Zika: The Zika virus is considered
endemic in the Maldives, that is, it is believed to be
present in the area and may occur as occasional
occasional or minor outbreaks. Norwegian health
authorities changed the advice of pregnant women and
other travelers to areas with zika on 3 May 2017, and
pregnant women are advised to postpone unnecessary
Reference is also made to the National Institute of
Public Health's official health travel advisory board
for trips abroad.
You should make sure you take out good travel
insurance, or make sure that the one you have is
sufficient for your next trip. Good travel insurance
will cover, among other things, expenses related to
injuries, accidents, illness, home transport and death.
Traveling abroad without travel insurance can have
major consequences for you or your family. Should you
need hospital treatment and home transport by ambulance
from abroad, the costs can be very high.
Always read the insurance terms carefully beforehand,
and be aware of the following:
- Does the insurance cover the country you are
- Is the insurance valid for the entire duration
of the trip?
- Most travel insurance policies have exemption
clauses that include existing illness/chronic
illnesses. If you have an illness/chronic illness,
you should check with your insurance company before
your trip to find out what your insurance covers -
and not cover.
- If you are going to do special activities during
your stay abroad, such as extreme sports, you should
investigate whether it is necessary to take out
For further information on health care abroad, see
the public health portal, www.helsenorge.no.
If you are affected by illness or accident during a
temporary stay abroad, you should contact the insurance
company (alarm center) or tour operator.
In the Maldives, Muslim law (Sharia) applies. This
means, among other things, that it is forbidden to bring
alcohol into the country. Alcohol can only be consumed
in hotels and tourist islands with their own permission.
When visiting mosques, wear clothes that cover most of
the body and avoid taking pictures.
The dress code is generally informal, but you should
take into account local dress standards when moving
outside of the tourist areas. Nudism and topless
sunbathing/swimming are not allowed, including in the
Homosexuality is illegal in the Maldives and can lead
to penalties. Gays should therefore be aware of this
when traveling there, and avoid physical caresses in
public places. Physical caresses between men and women
in public places are also not accepted.
The time difference to Norway is + four hours (winter
time in Norway) and + three hours (summer time in
Norway). The current is the same as in Norway; 220
The area code for calls from Norway to Maldives is
+960. It is mobile coverage in most places.
Ordinary credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American
Express, Diners, etc.) are accepted in most places in
Male and in the tourist islands. At the tourist places
it is usual to pay in US dollars.
Normal opening hours for banks are 0800-1330 and for
public offices 0730-1430. Shops are open longer.
National Day is July 26. Otherwise, Muslim holidays
are celebrated. Every Friday is a day off, while Sunday
is a regular work day.