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In Maldivian culture, dress is generally casual. As Maldives is warm and humid for most part of the year, light cotton clothing is the best choice. You would likely be most comfortable in summer linen, T-shirt, cotton shirt, light skirts, shorts and beach wear and so on. And do opt for light footwear such as sandals. Regulations prohibit public nudity anywhere in the Maldives. Women in particular would do well to put on modest clothing without exposing too much. A bikini or a swimming trunk is the least you must wear, no matter whether you are in a cruise vessel or a private resort.You could be in casual tropical wear at restaurants and bars. When you are out swimming or snorkelling, do have
decent swimwear on to not disregard the sensibilities of other holidaymakers.Bring along your light formal wear if you intend to make any formal visits locally. On inhabited islands too, you are expected to be decently dressed, covering your torso down to the knees.
There are no prior visa requirements to enter Maldives, except possession of a valid international passport and travel documents. You can get an entry permit with a free 30-days visa on arrival at Malé airport. A tourist visa maybe be renewed if the person concerned, applies to the Immigration before the expiration of the visa already granted. Before the extension, Immigration will re-asses the incumbents financial position for the stay period of the extension. An extension can only be applied through the Visa Extension Application Form, at the Head Office during official working hours. Extension if considered would be granted to a duration not exceeding a total of 90 days. (Including the days granted on arrival)
A visa fee of Rufiyaa 750 will be charged, for the full extension or part thereof (30 days free + 60 days chargeable) No visa fee will be charged if the extension does not exceed 30 days, that is including the days granted on arrival. But remember to have a minimum of US$25 per day to cover your expenses during your stay and have a valid passport. Visitors from regions with yellow fever will need to bring an international certificate of inoculation. Immigration clearance also requires a confirmed hotel reservation; if you do not have one, get help from the tourist information counter at the airport.
Some comfortable wear that suits the Maldivian climate and culture apart, you would do well to have your supply of essential personal items such as hats and sunglasses, cigarettes, cameras, credit cards, US dollars, binoculars and telescopes (although some hotels/resorts do stock these). Also pack in your suntan lotion or cream and mosquito repellent. And do take along your bathing suits, personal diving and snorkelling kit, and water socks in case you are keen to go for a reef walk or other water excursions.

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