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Legend has it that a prince and his wife, the daughter of the King of today's Sri Lanka, stopped at Raa Atoll during a voyage and were invited to stay as rulers.

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postheadericon Language

Dhivehi is the language of the Maldives. The language has undergone change as a result of contact with the outside world through out the centuries, blending with and absorbing new influences as it evolved. Given the wide dispersion of the islands, it is not surprising that the vocabulary and the pronunciation vary from atoll to atoll, which is most significant in the southern most atolls.

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postheadericon Culture

Culture of the Maldives and Maldivians were formed with a long history and mix of different travelers crossing the indian ocean in different directions.

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postheadericon Geography

Maldives islands located in the Indian Ocean consist of over 1000 small islands scattered in necklace like patterns all over an area of 2000 kilometers.

A string of pearls scattered over the deep blue Indian Ocean - The first glimpse you get of this fascinating atoll- formation confirms two unique aspects of the Republic of Maldives.Not only does it consist of the most beautiful tropical islands, but 99% of its 90.000 km² is covered by the sea. 1190 islands are spread over 26 atolls, ringlike coral formations enclosing a lagoon, which gives the Maldives its unique paradise-like appearance. They stretch for about 820 km from North to South, 130 km at the widest point and do not exceed a length of 4.5 miles or an altitude of 6 feet above sea level. No more than 200 islands are inhabited; the rest includes the 87 tourist resorts and uninhabited islands, some of which are used for drying fish or other agricultural activities. The capital Malé, the seat of government and the centre of trade, commerce, business, health and education, is located in the middle of the atoll chain, a small island buzzing with the sounds and activities of about 75.000 people which is about one third of the population.

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postheadericon Visa Requirments

Free 30 day visa for any visitor

FREE 30 DAY VISA FOR ANY VISITOR
No prior visa is required to enter the Republic of Maldives. Entry permit will be granted to visitors on arrival at designated ports of entry, based on the immigration requirements.

Visitors entering the Republic of Maldives should fulfill the following requirement for the grant of an entry permit into the country.

* Possession of a valid international travel document issued by the Government of a Sovereign State.
* Possession of a valid return air ticket to a destination where the passenger has permission to enter, together with necessary visas for the onward journey to the next destination.
* Possession of minimum of US$30.00 per person per day or confirmed hotel reservation for the intended period of stay in the Maldives.

Following are exempted from this requirement.

* Diplomats
* UN Personnel
* Approved persons for employment
* Technical and other experts attached to the Government
* Those who have confirm bookings in registered tourist resort/hotels etc.
* Those sponsored by Maldivians

no prior visa is required to enter the Republic of Maldives. Entry permit will be granted to visitors on arrival at designated ports of entry, based on the immigration requirements.
An entry permit does not allow an visitor to take up employment, set up any business or exercise any profession whether paid or unpaid except with the consent and in conformity with the pertinent laws and regulations of the Maldives. However, a visitor or foreign delegation visiting the Maldives to conclude business agreements, contracts or to negotiate business transactions with their counterparts do not require work permits if the stay does not exceed the duration granted on arrival.
An expatriate must obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Human Resources Employment and Labor prior to arrival in Maldives to engage in employment.
Visitors who stay beyond the period for which they have been approved may be deported.
The Government of Maldives refuses admission and transit to holder of Merchant Seaman Books.
Disembarkation and Embarkation card shall be filled by every passenger and submitted to the Immigration Officer on entry.


TRANSIT
Transit passengers must leave Maldives within 24 hours of arrival. If a transit passenger fails to leave within 24 hours the passenger shall revise his permit to stay.


CREW
Crew member on scheduled services shall retain their passport in possession when disembarking and embarking, remains at the airport where the aircraft has stopped or within the confines of the island adjacent there to, departing on the same aircraft or next regular scheduled flight out of Maldives.
Passport or valid international travel document is acceptable for temporary admission in to the Maldives.
Departure
All persons leaving the Republic of Maldives shall possess a valid passport or travel document. All passengers shall complete and submit an embarkation card with their passport to the Immigration Officer for inspection

CUSTOMS
The import of firearms, liquor, drugs and pornography are prohibited. An official license is required for import of alcohol. Alcohol is available in all the resorts and not sold / available in Male’. Dogs, Pigs, and pork products are prohibited. Special permission should be sought to bring the personal pets (dogs not allowed).


TRANSPORT FROM THE AIRPORT

FERRY SERVICE TO THE CAPITAL
A ferry service is available from the airport island to the capital around the clock. A special dhoni ferry leaves from the airport jetty to the capital every 15 minutes which changes to one every 30 minutes after midnight. Set charge per person for the ferry service is USD 1/- during normal operating hours and a charge of USD 2/- per person at midnight. Since the airport island is geographically separate from the capital the only means of transport to the capital is by sea. If required a dhoni can be chartered by for transfer to the capital at set rates. Further details can be attained from the ferry terminal at the jetty of the airport.


AIR TRANSPORT
Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways operate special air transfer trips to most of the resorts. This mode of transport is best arranged by your agents or the resort operative. Normally resort operators have arrangements for chartered flights to their resort with either of these parties.
Please consult your Travel Agent or the resort operative regarding transfer arrangements

 
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