Maldives Travel Tips

Your Packing Guide for the Maldives

Firsthand insights from our expert Destination Specialists who have visited our partner resorts for a seamless vacation planning. Feel free to drop us a line with your questions by going to our Contact Us page!

1) Travel Light

The Maldives has a tropical climate almost all year round so you only need to bring lightweight, cotton clothing along with your favorite swimsuits. Staple wear at the resorts would be lightweight t-shirts and shorts for men, summer clothes/dresses for women.


Well let’s just say any and a lot swimwear or beachwear! Who stays wrapped in an island right?

A kaftan or sundress should/could be worn when dining in the restaurants or bars.

Casual attire such as light dresses, cropped trousers, skirts or even shirts will be required when going for dinner. Just anything except Swimwear!

Pashminas or scarves should be worn by women if you are going for excursions on local islands.


Flip flops, sandals or flats!! Ladies you don’t want to be spending the summer in high heels!

Most, if not all, resorts encourage their guests to walk barefoot in the island.

Reef or aqua shoes are recommended by some however almost all resorts have snorkeling gear available (for rent or complimentary, check with your Destination Specialist).


If your stay is at a 5* or premium 4* resort then bath towels and toiletries are all available for use and changed regularly! Yes, I know you read that twice but its true! 

2) Pack Smart

International flights usually have a 30KG checked baggage allowance per person.

Do note that seaplane transfers in the Maldives have a strict 20KG checked baggage allowance per person though so make sure that you keep your belongings to a minimum or else it is $4USD for each extra KG.

Traveler Tip:  Roll your clothes rather than folding them. A lot of space is wasted from little gaps in suitcases. Not that anyone at the resort will really mind.

3)      Other must haves

-          Sunglasses

-          Wide brimmed hats

-          Insect repellant

-          Sun block

-          Medicine (maintenance ones are important to bring; over the counter meds are available at the resorts so no need for those)

-          Small denomination of USD for tipping

-          Chargers for gadgets

-          Underwater or waterproof cameras

-          A good book 

And finally, here are things that you are not allowed to bring into the country:

-          Alcohol – the Maldives is a Muslim country but the resorts and hotels serve them exceptionally

-          Food products with pork in them

-          Pornographic materials

-          Weapons, firearms and ammunition

-          Spear guns

-          Idols for worship 

Pick your Holiday

COVID-19 Travel Updates

First and foremost, our hearts are with those who have been affected by COVID-19.
We are also delighted to let you know that all International Travellers are welcome in the Maldives again with effective Covid-19 related government protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

  1. On-arrival visas are still available for all tourists, and visa extensions are available for any long-stay holidaymakers. For your free 30-day on-arrival tourist visa, you have to provide:

  2. A confirmed hotel booking, sufficient funds and confirmed return ticket.

  3. Health Declaration Form x 2 (on arrival and prior to departure)

  4. A negative PCR test conducted less than 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation enroute to the Maldives.

  5. Infants less than 12 months old are exempt from this requirement. Travelers who have a transit of 24 hours or more during their journey are required to redo their PCR test prior to arrival in the Maldives.

  6. Under current circumstances, tourists may visit other operational resorts subject to prior approval from the Ministry of Tourism. You are advised to inform the prior so that we may facilitate the approval process via the resorts.

To help you book with confidence, OV Holidays provides you the following:

  1. Exceptional Cancellation Policy

  2. COVID-19 Refund Request

  3. Amazing Discounts of up to 50% for New Bookings

  4. Minimal Deposit Fee & Zero-Interest Installment Plans

  1. Dedicated hotline for bookings within 14days of arrival

  2. Personal Destination Specialist to assist round the clock

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your patience and kind understanding at these trying times.
We will continue to monitor the events unfolding and keep you updated on the changes to these procedures so that you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.
Thank you for your continued support to OV Holidays. Keep Safe.