Visa and entry requirements Maldives:
Tourist visas up to 30 days are given free of charge at the airport when entering the Maldives.
Information from the Foreign Office on your Maldives trip:
The Maldives is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean with about 450.000 inhabitants. The state consists of a total of 19 atolls, with some 1.200 islands, of which approximately 300 are inhabited.
The Maldives are located around 1.000 kilometers southwest of Sri Lanka and India, the state religion is exclusively Islam. Other religions are strictly prohibited on the island state and will be prosecuted.
The official language of the country is Dhivehi and the Maldivian Rufiyaa is used as the national currency, which corresponds to 1, - Euro around 16,50 MVR.
Male, Addu City, Hithadhoo, Naifaru, Fuvahmulah, Villingili, Kulhudhuffushi and Thinadhoo are among the largest places in the Islamic island nation.
The Maldives has a consistently warm tropical climate. The highest elevation in the country is only 2,5 meters above sea level.
The economy of the Maldives is based mainly on tourism, from a low agriculture with the cultivation of manioc, sweet potatoes, millet and coconuts as well as the fishing with the processing of tunas and Bonitos.
The steadily increasing tourism, with meanwhile around 1,5 millions of annual visitors, brought the island state and its inhabitants a considerable prosperity, but also social problems. In addition to the many new millionaires and good earners, the majority of the population is always impoverished.
The capital and by far the largest city in the Maldives is Male, on the island of the same name, with about 180.000 inhabitants. The city is the political, economic and cultural center of the island state.
Due to the rapid increase in population times today is the densely populated city of the world and was therefore artificially increased in recent years by landfills.
Major attractions in Male include the harbor, the old coral stone mosque on Friday, the Islamic Center, the Eid Mosque, the Fish Market, the Hulhumale Mosque, the National Museum, the Great Friday Mosque, the Vegetable Market and many surrounding paradisiacal islands with imposing white sandy beaches.
In December 2011 I visited the Maldives for three days, the only time so far. It was one of my first countries after the idea to travel the whole world came up shortly before.
After arriving on the upstream airport island, a constant ferry connection provided me with free transportation to the main island of Male. At times I had booked a cheap mid-range hotel for two nights and therefore limited my stay to this island.
The island of Male is really crowded for its size, but somehow it was not really annoying. In about two hours I had run completely outside the island before venturing into the city center later.
My city tour was very interesting and super exciting all the time because there were always some unforeseen things happening. Sometimes people came along with huge tuna fish, the fish dragging along the street or on the well-developed promenades on the seashore, sometimes numerous colorful fish could be observed, like in a large open-air aquarium, that I simply stopped for several minutes.
The city center was like a single shopping street, but with an enormous amount of traffic. Due to the Islamic state religion, there are suddenly no bars or discos, so no real nightlife either. At around 23 p.m. at the latest, most of the lights went out there.
Even without living on one of the now almost 100 tourist islands, I found the Maldives very interesting and worth seeing.
I will definitely come back one day, but then certainly not alone and for a longer stay.