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Prohibited items:-   Pornographic literature.   Idols of worship.
Pork products and certain other animal products.
Explosives, weapons or drugs may not be imported.
Alcoholic beverages cannot be imported without an official license.
Drugs are strictly and completely prohibited; whoever imports drugs for  personal or other use will be sentenced to life.
Animals require a veterinary certificate, but dogs cannot be imported. 

The following may not be exported in any form: turtle shells and products made of turtle shell ( the killing of turtles has been banned by the government), black coral, pufferfish, eel, skate, parrotfish, and ray, big-eyed scad under 15 centimetres (6 inches), bait fish used in tuna fishery, whale, dolphin, lobster, all stony coral, triton shell, trochus shell and pearl oyster.

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Food & Drink
Male, the capital of Maldives, boasts a few standard restaurants, serving international and local cuisine. On the other islands, there are a few restaurants along with those operated by the resorts. The international cuisine and all food, apart from seafood is imported. The fish is superb. Oriental and curry buffets are widely available. 
A variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink is offered at the resorts, which reflect the desires of the travellers. There are only a few local cocktails as well as the Maldive Lady, a potent and delicious concoction, whose combination varies from island to island and bar to bar. 
Note: Bars are all located in tourist resorts (alcohol is not available on Male) and all of them accept cash; however, they usually add orders onto the total bill. Local residents do not consume alcohol at all. During the month of Ramadan (see Public Holidays), travellers are not prohibited from drinking alcohol in public except in the tourist resorts.

Nightlife
There is very little or no organized nightlife; however, most resorts have informal discos in the bar areas, often with live bands playing either western or traditional music. Beach parties and barbecues are also quite popular. In some evenings, a number of resorts present cultural shows and some screen videos.

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Shopping 

Local merchandise available for purchase include seashells (only when bought in official shops; they may not be taken from the beach or from the sea), lacquered wooden boxes and reed mats. Jewellery for sale includes silver, gold, coral, mother-of-pearl and turtle-shell products. However, there are strict laws against exporting coral and turtle-shell. 

Shopping hours: Saturday-Thursday 8.00 am - 11.00 pm, Fri 1.30 pm - 11.00 pm. Shops are officially close for 15 minutes 5 times a day for Muslim prayer; however, this rule is not usually strictly enforced in the tourist regions away from Male.
Maldivian Rufiya (Rf) = 100 laari. 

Notes in circulation are in denominations of Rf500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins come in denominations of Rf2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 laari.

Maldives Hotels
Taj Coral Reef Resort
Hembadhu, North Male’ Atoll, Maldives
Currency exchange
Major currencies are exchangeable at banks, tourist resort islands, hotels and some shops. Payments in hotels can be made by travellers cheques, credit cards, or in cash in most hard currencies, especially US Dollars
Credit & debit cards

Most main island resorts accept Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club and Eurocard. Arrangements are different from island to island, and it is recommended to consult with your credit or debit card insurer for specifics of merchant acceptability and other facilities which may accept your credit or debit card.

Travellers cheques

Travellers cheques are usually accepted in US Dollars and Sterling; however, it is recommended to take travellers cheques in US Dollars to avoid paying added exchange rate charges.

Maldives climate

Climate
In a nation with less than one percent land and over 99 percent sea, the weather obviously plays a significant role in day-to-day life. For a long time Maldivians have organized their lives based on a system on nakaiy. Each nakaiy is 13 or 14 days long and is divided into two seasons; iruvai northest monsoon and hulhangu south west monsoon. The nakaiy calendar is still used to determine such things as the best time for fishing, travel or planting crops. 
The Maldives has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and a great deal of sunshine. The warm tropical climate results in relatively minor variations in daily temperature throughout the year. The hottest month on average is April and the coolest, December. The weather is determined largely by the monsoons.
There is a significant variation in the monthly rainfall levels. February is the driest with January to April being relatively dry, May and October records the highest average monthly rainfall. The southwest monsoon or hulhangu from May to September is the wet season. Rough seas and strong winds are common during this period. The northeast monsoon iruvai falls between December to April. This is a period of clear skies, lower humidity and very little rain. The Maldives is in the equatorial belt and therefore severe storms and cyclones are extremely rare events. However the country is affected whenever cyclones form in the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea. The spiraling clouds of the weather systems appear over the Maldives causing spells of rain.

Maldives has a very hot tropical climate. There are 2 monsoons, the southwest is from May to October and the northeast is from November to April. The southwest usually brings more rain and wind during June and July. The temperature does not usually fall below 25°C (77°F). The ideal time to visit the Maldives is from November to Easter.

Required clothing
Lightweight cottons and linens year round. Light waterproofs are recommended during the rainy season.
Free 30 days Visa upon arrival for all visitors
No prior visa is required to enter the Republic of Maldives. Entry permit will be granted to visitors on arrival at designated ports of entry, based on the immigration requirements

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