How To Reach Maldives

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How to Reach Maldives from India

Flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Cochin fly to Male airport. Spicejet, Jet airways, Air India are few of the popular carriers. Apart from Male airport, International flights to India are also operational from Hanimaadhoo International Airport located in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Hanimaadhoo island.

Visa Policy for Indians

Maldives has a free 30 day visa on arrival policy. The immigration staff render assistance for the same on arrival in the airport. Obtaining a visa is subject to production of certain documents like passport, return ticket etc. The visa can be extended by another 60 days, by making an application to the department of immigration and emigration and payment of a fee of MVR 750.

How to reach Maldives by flight

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, popularly known as Male International Airport (MLE) is the only airport, which connects Maldives to all major countries in South-East Asia including India, China and Sri Lanka. There are also direct flights from Dubai, and chartered flights operating from Europe, China and Singapore.¾ Located in Hulhule this airport is a 10 minute ferry ride away from the capital city of Male. Over 30 international airlines including Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Spice Jet, Qatar Airways etc. operate flights daily. Tip: Watch out for the landing. It might just be the prettiest runway you ever land at. Domestic flights, seaplanes, speed launch and ferry boat services can get you to your destination resort island or hotels. Gan International Airport located on Gan island in Addu City is the gateway to the southern part of the country. International charter flights and private jets frequent this airport to reach nearby resorts.

Local transport in Maldives

Sea Planes are the fastest way of travel from one island to another. While promising a breath-taking aerial view, sea planes are however more expensive and operate only in the day time. The local boats, Dhoni, powered with diesel engines are the relatively cheaper options. However these are charter boats and need be to be arranged for beforehand. The price depends on the distance of travel, duration and your ability to negotiate. Speed boats are also available for transfers, ranging from USD 80 - USD 400, based on distance. Another convenient option is the charter launches, which can be hired from Male for a 10 hour journey equipped with a captain and crew members. These are arranged by the travel agencies and are quite expensive. Budget travellers, look out for the public ferry which connects the inhabited islands, though be prepared to keep time in hand. Moving around in the capital city, Male, is fairly easy. Though metered taxis are not available, taxis with fixed prices operate for local sightseeing and travel.

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