TRAVELLING TO THE MALDIVES
As your plane breaks through the clouds revealing the emerald islands below, prepare for one of the most exciting flying experiences. The runway of Hulhule’ airport, that runs parallel to the shore creates a (rather safe, of course) adrenalin rush, for a second, when it makes you think that the plane is landing on water. The Male International Airport is mere fifteen minutes from Male’. The airport is small, but well-equipped with souvenir and duty-free shops, restaurants, medical facilities, and provides banking and postal services. The airport is accessible via Male’ on a dhoni ferry, that run every few minutes between the two islands.
Getting here to Vakarufalhi
As you come out of the arrival gate you will be received by your tour representative or a representative from our Resort. He/She will escort you to our seaplane counter for Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA). Once you have checked in at the counter, you will be taken to the TMA terminal where you will board an interesting seaplane at the scheduled time. Your journey be a 25 minute exiting ride gazing at the beautiful and magnificent view of the atolls and Island formations passing below you. Please make sure you have your cameras ready to snap this amazing scenery. You will land at the Maafushivaru Platform at which point our traditional dhoni awaits your arrival and you hop in and take a 10 min cruise to our Paradise Island.
What to pack
Visiting the Maldives is the chance for you to break out the brightly coloured summer clothes that are so often out of place in colder climates. The higher temperatures and ever-present sunshine means that locals and visitors alike prefer dressing in lightweight materials. T-shirts, cotton clothing, skirts and shorts would be the best option to stay cool. The ideal footwear would be sandals and flip-flops.
Whether to pack only the more casual options like shorts and khakis or the newest Gucci number depends on what you plan to do. Smart casual clothing is usually enough for Male' or resorts, Dressing up in smart casual for dinner will be much preferred at most resorts.
Sunscreen, insect repellent, and hats are recommended for a comfortable holiday, but they are also widely available for purchase in resorts and around Male'.
Immigration and Visa
Tourists are issued a 30-day visa on arrival. A valid travel document is necessary. You can obtain circumstantial visa grants through the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Male'.
It is prohibited to bring in firearms, drugs, pornography or idols of worship into the Maldives. Tourists also cannot bring in dogs, pigs and pork items. Alcohol and pork products under a special license are available in resort islands. Prohibited items (like alcohol) brought in by passengers are bonded and released at departure.
Visitors to the Maldives, if arriving from infected countries, require an international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever and cholera to come into the country.
Information and Assistance at the Airport
The Maldives Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) has a counter inside the Arrival Terminal to provide information and assistance to tourists. The counter also has a variety of free brochures in different languages.
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