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Maldives Essentials

 

Passport and Visa Requirements

All travellers to Maldives must be in possession of a valid passport and travel documents. Visitors with this documentation will be issued with tourist visas on arrival, free of charge. 

Visitors entering the Maldives should have return or onward travel tickets and a minimum of US$100, as well as US$50 per person per day of their intended stay. Alternatively, they may give proof of a confirmed hotel reservation for the full period of their stay in the country.

Tourist visas on arrival are for 30 days, but this can be extended to 90 days by applying to the immigration department. 

There is no departure tax.
 

Prohibited Items

Please note that the Maldives is a Muslim country, and there are restrictions on items that can be brought into the country. These restrictions also apply to duty-free purchases, including alcohol. 

Other prohibited items include:
Religious materials deemed offensive to Islam, including reading materials such as Bibles
Idols (for worship)
Pornographic material
Narcotics and psychotropic substances
Pets
Arms and ammunition
Alcohol and Spirits
Food containing pork and its by-products
Please contact us if you would like clarification prior to your travels.
 

Money and Banks

Local banking hours are Sunday to Thursday from 7.30am to 2.30pm, with ATMs widely available on Malé.

Most tourist destinations will accept all major credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa). 

The local currency is Maldivian Rufiya (MRF), which is comprised of 100 laari.
15.5 MVR is roughly equivalent to one US Dollar. 
 

Health

Medical treatment in the Maldives can be very expensive and it is strongly recommended that travellers purchase comprehensive health insurance before their visit. 

In case of diving emergencies, a decompression chamber is also accessible in Malé.
 

Electricity

The standard European non-grounded socket ( type C) is generally used in the Maldives. However, it is advisable to carry a plug adapter for appliances which do not fit into this socket. 
 

Television

Cable TV is available on most islands. At COMO Cocoa Island, guests have access to satellite TV channels, video on demand, interactive information and music.
 

Telephones and Communication

Complimentary Wi-FI is provided throughout the resorts. 

In general, mobile phone coverage is good on the islands, including COMO Cocoa Island.  However, travellers should check their international roaming agreement with their mobile phone provider to avoid unexpected charges. 

SIM cards can be bought in Malé in order to make cheap local calls.

The international dialing code for Maldives is +960.
 

Postal Service

MPL (Maldives Post Limited) provides a comprehensive postal service.  Letters and cards take approximately seven to 10 days to reach international destinations.
 

Water

COMO Cocoa Island's tap water is safe for drinking. Additionally, complimentary bottled water is supplied to all villas and suites (freshly filtered using our reverse osmosis system), as well as sparkling water. 

 

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in the Maldives and it is officially discouraged. However it is common practice to tip waiters and room staff at the resorts, gratuities for staff may be left at your discretion.

If a taxi is taken in Malé it is unnecessary to tip, as the fare is usually prepaid.

 

Dress

Please remember that the Maldives is a Muslim country.  As a mark of respect, women are expected to keep their thighs and shoulders covered when away from the resorts.

Swimwear should be covered up in restaurants and bikinis are strictly prohibited outside of the resorts. Nudity is also prohibited.

 

Time Zone

Standard time in the Maldives is GMT (+5), and the country does not observe daylight savings. COMO Cocoa Island uses Island Time which is one hour ahead: GMT (+6), in order to allow guests more time in the sun.