Practical Travel Information

Travel Tips

  • Make a note of your guest house address and island (required for immigration).
  • 30-day tourist visas are automatically granted on arrival (official government website).


Items to pack and bring with you

  • High factor waterproof sunscreen.
  • Spray mosquito bug repellent.
  • Beach shoes & sandals – several types, for comfort.
  • Swim shorts and a ‘rash guard’ (lycra-style swim top to prevent sunburn).
  • Wide-brimmed hat, preferably covering the neck.
  • A good pair of sunglasses with cord.
  • Waterproof or underwater camera.
  • Diving and snorkelling gear (some local availability, but cannot be guaranteed).


Items to leave at home

  • Alcoholic drinks (wine, beer, spirit) including purchases from any airport ‘Duty Free’.
  • Recreational drugs of any kind (possession is punished strictly).
  • Knives, weapons, fishing harpoons.
  • Any kind of nude or pornographic images.
  • Religious items or literature (other than Islamic).


Cash & Banking

Many of the local islands do not have a bank or even an ATM (cash machine) so it’s a good idea to change some local currency when you arrive at the airport. However you will be able to pay any guest house bills and expenses in dollars at a competitive exchange rate.

In case of any problems, we can arrange a suitable day-trip to the capital island of Malé, which has a range of international banking options (HSBC, SBI, Bank of Ceylon) with numerous ATMs, and all the major stores and airline offices will accept credit cards.