Maldives visa requirements for Malagasys

Travel and visa requirements

Maldivan Visa is not required for Malagasys

Stay Duration: 30 days

Entry Requirements

  • All travellers from Madagascar can visit the Maldives for a duration of 30 days by obtaining a visa on arrival at any international airport in the Maldives.
  • Intending visitors must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the expected date of departure from the Maldives. The passport should have at least one blank page for visa stamping.
  • The public practises of any other religion is prohibited because no other religion other than Islam is allowed in the Maldives.
  • Tourists with pets must have a health certificate and have received a rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entering the country.
  • Malagasies minors hoping to travel to the Maldives must possess travel authorization from their parents or guardians.
  • Although a yellow fever vaccination certificate is not required when entering the Maldives, visitors are advised to be vaccinated against common illnesses before travel.
  • Madagascar citizens are required to have a return or onward ticket as well as proof of enough funds to spend during their stay in the Maldives. 
  • Travellers from Madagascar are to show proof of accommodation when in the Maldives, which can be a hotel reservation or an invitation from a host already in the country.
  • Intending visitors can travel to the Maldives from international airports in Madagascar. There is an international airport in Antananarivo and Toamasina.
  • Air Mauritius, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and Kenya Airways are some of the carriers that fly from Madagascar to the Maldives.
  • The estimated flight time from Antananarivo to Male, Maldives is 17 hours, 15 minutes, and from Toamasina, it is 1 day, 2 hours.
  • The Maldives has a hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest which is from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally, the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July.
  • The official and most spoken language in the Maldives is Dhivehi. However, English and Arabic are common languages being spoken by citizens of the country.
  • Islam is the official and acceptable religion in the Maldives, all citizens must be Muslims, and the practice of any other religion other than Islam is forbidden.
  • Importation of religious materials offensive to Islam, idols (for worship), pornographic material, narcotics and psychotropic substances are also prohibited.
  • The Maldivian Rufiyaa is the official currency used in the Maldives. Tourists can exchange their foreign currencies at various banks and other exchange outlets in the country.
  • Transportation in the Maldives can be facilitated by taxis, buses, ferries and seaplanes.
  • Maldives makes use of Maldives Time (GMT+5), which puts the Maldives two hours ahead of Madagascar.
  • Garudhiya, mas huni and fihunu mas are some of the delicacies tourists can try while in the Maldives.
  • Visitors travelling to the Maldives can budget an average of $50 to spend on expenses per day.
  • The power and socket plug used in the Maldives are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Tourists are advised to follow the instructions of local authorities and also monitor local news broadcasts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the drinking age in the Maldives?

The drinking age in the Maldives is 18 years as well as for purchasing because the sale of alcohol is limited to tourist resorts. It is illegal for Muslims to buy alcohol.

What currency is used in the Maldives?

The official currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa. However, the US Dollar is generally accepted in the Maldives. Any other currency can be exchanged at various banks and exchange outlets in the country.

Is the Maldive safe for tourists to visit?

The Maldives' Ministry of Tourism has declared the country safe for tourists. Despite the declaration, tourists are advised to take necessary precautions while in the country.

Is the tap water in the Maldives safe for consumption?

Water sanitation in the Maldives is non-existent and water from the tap is not treated. It is strongly advised to boil water or drink bottled water, or if you are staying in a resort, they may supply drinkable water to you.