# How to reach Maldives?
Practically all visitors arrive at Malé International Airport (IATA: MLE, ICAO: VRMM), located on Hulhulé Island right next to the capital Male. More than 2 dozens of international flights fly in and from the islands from India, Sri Lanka, Dubai and other major airports in South-East Asia, as well as an increasing number of charters from Europe. Many flights stop in Colombo (Sri Lanka) on the way. Those airlines having regular flights to Maldives include Sri Lankan Airways, Indian airlines, Balkan, Condon, LTU, Austrian Airlines as well as Malaysian Airlines.
# Do the travelers need the travel permits to visit Maldives?
The Maldives have a remarkably easy visa policy: everybody gets a free 30-day visa on arrival, provided that they have a valid travel document, a ticket out and proof of sufficient funds, defined as either a confirmed reservation in any resort or US$100 + $50/day in cash. This can be extended up to 90 days at Male, but you'll need to indicate where you're staying for that long. See the Department of Immigration and Emigration website for details.
# What to pack for Maldives tours?
Sunglasses, sun lotions, hat and light cotton clothes.
# What is the commonly used currency of Maldives?
The Maldivian currency is known as Ruffia (Rf). You can read more about the Ruffia on MMA web site which is the governing body of the financial system of Maldives. There are ATM branches all over the country where you can get the local currency. However, most shops accept major credit cards including American Express, JCB, Mastercard and VISA.
# What is the weather like in Maldives?
The Maldives are tropical, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures around 30°C throughout the year. However, rainfall increases considerably during the April-October southwest monsoon, particularly from June to August.
# What is the best timing for Maldives tours?
Generally speaking, the period from October to April is the best timing.
# What medical preparations the travelers need to make before Maldives tours?
There are no serious problems with diseases in the Maldives. Beware that tap water may not be drinkable at all resorts: enquire locally. The Maldives are malaria-free, but some islands do have mosquitoes and catching dengue fever from them is possible, albeit highly unlikely. Most of the problems come from diving or sun related injuries. Heat stroke always cause problems in the tropics but couple that with divers spending hours at a time on a boat wearing a wetsuit and overheating of one form or another is a real issue. As long as you know this, drink lots of water, and get into the shade as much as possible it is easy to avoid.
# What are the norms if I contact with the Maldivians?
You will find Maldivesan people very kind and friendly, you can feel free to talk with them. Do not go around photographing the people, ask first, show some respect. Buy some local products and encourage them, they are cheaper. Don't talk the sensitive topics like the political and the religion things!
# What should I keep in mind when I contact with the Maldivesans?
- Do not photo them without permission, please show respect to them !
- Do not talk about the sensitive topics like political or t religious matters!
# How much should I tip?
Tipping is expected in Maldives.
# Do the travelers need to ask the permissions before taking the photos of Maldivians?
It is always good to ask permission first. Maldivesans are very friendly. However, it might arouse the upset feelings of local Maldivesans by photo-taking without asking the permission first.
# What are the commonly used phone numbers for emergency in Maldives?
Phone calls can be directly made from any other telephones in Maldives once there is any kind of emergency to the number 119 which is a direct dial emergency number.