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Discover More: Frequently Asked Questions About the Maldives

Find answers to your questions about the mesmerizing Maldives – from family adventures to romantic getaways and everything in between.

About the Maldives

  • Where is the Maldives?

    Maldives is a luxury holiday island destination comprising more than 1,190 islands in the Indian Ocean. Each year, over 1 million tourists visit the resorts, islands, and cruise boats for pure relaxation. It is located in the Indian Ocean with a population of over 400,000 people.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

  • What is the Weather Like in the Maldives?

    Maldives enjoys a tropical climate with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius year-round. While sunny and humid days are common, tropical rain showers are expected from May to October. The sunniest skies can be enjoyed between December and April.
  • When is the Best Time to Visit the Maldives?

    Maldives is an all-year-round travel destination with warm temperatures and sunny days. Cloudy skies and rain showers might be expected from May to October, considered low season with the most attractive offers and promotions. You can enjoy the sunniest skies between December and April.

Before Traveling to The Maldives

  • Which Airport Am I Flying To

    You will be flying into Velana International Airport (MLE), the main Airport in the Maldives. Major carriers such as Emirates, Qatar, Turkish Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and many other European carriers fly into the Maldives frequently.
  • Do I Need a Visa to Enter the Maldives?

    Tourists do not require a prior visa as a 30-day free tourist visa is granted upon arrival. You will only require your resort confirmation from JOY Maldives and your return international flight tickets.
  • What Are the Documents Required for Immigration?

    Entrance to the Maldives is a seamless process. You will only require to complete online travellers decelerations form and a passport with at least 6 months validity, international flight tickets, and the resort voucher from JOY Maldives, confirming your Maldives Holidays are booked already.
  • Can I Bring Alcohol to the Maldives?

    Bringing alcoholic items is prohibited in the Maldives. A wide selection of international alcohol brands & spirits are available in tourist resorts.
  • Which Currency Should I Bring to the Maldives?

    US Dollars are the principal currency in the Maldives resorts, even though other currencies such as Euro & Pound Sterling are also accepted. The local currency in Maldives is called Rufiyaa (MVR).
  • What Type of Credit Cards Are Accepted in the Maldives?

    To book your stay with JOY Maldives, we do accept payments with Visa or Master Card. In the Maldives Resorts, Visa, Master Card, and American Express are widely used and accepted, along with other major credit cards.
  • What Should I Bring When Visiting the Maldives?

    For this we have prepared a full packing guide for all travellers. Please visit our ultimate guide.

Transfers to Resorts & Islands

  • Will I be met at the airport and how do I find my transportation

    Upon arrival at Velana International Airport (MLE), you will be warmly greeted by a JOY Maldives Ambassador and staffs of the resort. They will be easily identifiable, holding an signboard with the JOY Maldives logo. Our representative will guide you through the arrival process and assist you in locating your designated transportation to your resort.
  • What Time is My Speedboat Transfer?

    Speedboat transfers are mostly organized for the resorts within Male atoll. There are no set timings for speedboats departures and its based on the daily operations of the resort, however rest assured that JOY Maldives Ambassadors will have this informations
  • What Time is My Seaplane Transfer?

    Seaplanes are operated only during daylight hours in the Maldives. To ensure the best connections, the seaplane transfers are arranged based on the timings of the international flights and shared only one day prior to the arrival or departure date. Seaplane transfers are arranged for international arrivals flights no later than 15:15hrs (local time) and departures no earlier than 09:00hrs (local time). This ensures smooth coordination with your flight schedule and minimizes waiting times at the airport.
  • How Do I Get from the Airport to the Seaplane?

    On arrival, you will be greeted & assisted by our JOY Maldives Ambassadors and the respective resort representative. The seaplane counters are located outside the Arrival hall and our team or resort team will assist you with the check-in procedure.
  • What Are the Timings of My Domestic Transfer?

    Domestic Wheel-planes are also booked based on the schedule of the international flights. The timings of the Domestic flights are shared only one day prior to arrival or departure.
  • What is the Baggage Allowance for Seaplane and Domestic Transfers?

    The standard baggage allowance is 20Kg checked-in luggage and 05Kg hand luggage. Baggage exceeding the standard allowance permissible might be charged at the check-in counter directly.

Once in the Maldives

  • What Kind of Activities Can I Do in the Maldives?

    Maldives is synonymous with pristine beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, and abundant underwater marine life. From underwater Spas to underwater Restaurants, surfing to island hopping, Maldives has something for everyone.
  • Is English Widely Spoken and What Other Languages Are Spoken?

    English is widely spoken by everyone in the country and especially on tourist resorts, hotels, restaurants, and public transport. Many tourist resorts have guides and personnel onboard from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, China, and Russia etc. The local language of the Maldives is called 'dhivehi'.
  • Are There Hospitals and Medical Facilities?

    Maldives has excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies, a large government hospital, and many private clinics in the capital city, while all the resorts featured on JOY Maldives have resident doctors or nurses and basic medical facilities available.
  • Do the Resorts Cater for Special Dietary Requirements?

    Yes, dietary requirements are taken very seriously in the Maldives. Therefore, it is always advisable to notify in advance any alimentary intolerances so that those items can be avoided,
  • Can You Place a Baby Crib in the Villa Without an Extra Charge?

    Yes, baby cribs are provided free of charge, based on the maximum villa capacity.
  • Can I Fly a Drone in the Resort?

    Each resort has its own drone policy. However, most resorts allow drones in designated areas of the island due to privacy concerns. The resort will assist you in finding the most picturesque areas on the island for the perfect video shoot. Some resorts, however, do not encourage it or even have a no-drone policy.
  • Do resorts require a deposit upon arrival?

    Yes, some resorts may request a cash deposit or credit card authorization upon check-in. This deposit can be used to settle the final bill and will be refunded or the credit card authorization released accordingly upon checkout. The deposit amount varies depending on the resort and the duration of your stay, typically ranging from $200 to $1000 per night.
  • In which currency are resort menu prices displayed?

    Answer: Resort menus in the Maldives exclusively feature prices in USD. Please note that displayed prices are subject to service charges and TGST (Tourism Goods and Services Tax).