Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration of the Republic of Maldives for the most up to date information, well in advance of travel.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into the country for those arriving from infected areas.
Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return. You should carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
Maldivian authorities generally restrict travel by foreigners beyond the capital island Malé and resort islands. Travel between islands is by boat or seaplane.
The safety standards you might expect of transport and tour operators, including adventure activities such as diving, may not be of the same level as in South Africa. Sufficient safety equipment may not be provided and recommended maintenance standards and safety precautions may not be observed. Don’t be afraid to ask about or insist on minimal safety requirements with tour operators.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition.
We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel