Vaccinations for Maldives
Unless you are flying from tropical Africa there are no required by law vaccinations for the Maldives for entry or exit. However for your own personal health it is strongly recommended that travellers be covered against the main food and water borne diseases (Hepatitis A and Typhoid) and Tetanus. For those considering a longer or more rural trip other vaccines may be considered including Hepatitis B.
We have had reports of tourists arriving into the Maldives and being stopped at customs having visited a Yellow Fever endemic country within the previous year and not having evidence of vaccination against Yellow Fever. This contravenes W.H.O. international health regulations but travellers should be aware of this situation if they have visited any endemic South American or Central African country within the year.
In order to have sufficient time to receive the vaccinations for the Maldives travellers should book their initial consultation at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance of their trip.
There is no Malaria or rabies transmission on the Maldives though avoidance of both mosquitoes and animals is always a wise precaution.
Throughout the Maldives they practice Islam and the overt public observance of any other religion is not permitted. In the past few years a number of non-Maldivian families have been expelled for religious activities. Tourists are permitted to carry personal religious texts (Bible etc.) without difficulty. There are no cash dispensing machines and traveller’s cheques are used infrequently. The island resorts tend to be expensive and visitors should carry sufficient funds. Dress is usually informal but topless bathing is prohibited.
Most Irish travellers to the Maldives will enjoy a splendid relaxing holiday in this beautiful series of islands. Nevertheless, take care to avoid excessive sun exposure and particularly while undertaking any water sports activities.
Please be aware that every traveller is unique and as such itinerary specific information will require a medical consultation.