Travel guide

Time difference



Maldivian Rufiyaa


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

The language spoken by the locals is Divéhi, an Indo-Iranian language related to Sinhalese. But you’ll easily be able to speak English.

  • Good morning / Good evening = asalam aleykum
  • How are you? = kihiné ta?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = vara gada
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = kiké tha bouni?
  • Sorry = hithaamahuri
  • Goodbye = vakivani
  • Welcome = maruhabaa
  • Thank you very much = choukouriya
  • Yes/No = ahn/nouné

Key figures

The Maldives are on the GMT+5 time zone, so there are 03h00 more than French time:

When it’s 3pm in Toulon, he’s in the Maldives.


Up-to-date vaccinations:

  • DTPolio
  • Rubella, measles and mumps (in children)

Yellow fever vaccination may be required in some areas.

Transmission of diseases such as chikungunya, dengue and zika may be possible. Make sure you protect yourself against mosquitoes and ask your doctor for advice.


No visa is required for French nationals for a stay of less than 30 days.

Visas are issued free of charge on arrival in the Maldives on presentation of your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the planned stay, a valid ticket for departure from the Maldives and confirmation of a hotel reservation (or, failing this, proof of sufficient resources for the duration of the stay). USD 100 + USD 50 per day). Foreign tourists must pay a 25 USD departure tax (usually included in the price of the plane ticket).

The visa issued on arrival is for a maximum of 30 days.