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Maldives Laws & Customs

Maldives Laws & Customs

While in Maldives you will be subject to local laws. A serious violation may lead to unpleasant and unwanted consequences. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs or arms are severe and can include life imprisonment.

the Maldives prohibits import of alcohol, firearms, drugs, and pornography to the country. However, alcohol is available on all resort islands. It is also illegal to promote religions other than Islam. Importation of alcohol and non-Islamic religious materials may result in confiscation. Offenders may be subject to deportation or heavy fines. For a comprehensive list of items that are prohibited please visit this link.

Islamic practices and beliefs are adhered to in all parts of the country. It is advised for common sense and discretion to be exercised in dress code and behavior to respect local culture and religion in order to avoid offending local sensitivities while visiting local islands other than resorts. Visitors are advised to dress conservatively and take care not to offend the locals especially in areas outside major cities; nudity is not allowed in area of Maldives.

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