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Health care

Vaccinations

Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
cholera no no
Typhoid & Polio Yes
malaria no
Eat Drink 2

Overview

There are first aid stations on all holiday islands. There are two hospitals on Male. In principle, however, the medical care does not correspond to what is usual in Germany. It is recommended to take out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance. For the import of medicines, a doctor’s certificate for prescription drugs in English must be carried on entry (should contain something like: “[Name of the patient] requires the medicine on medical grounds for personal use in the Maldives”.). A medical certificate is not required for over-the-counter medicines as part of a first-aid kit. Check ebizdir for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers arriving within six days of staying in an infected area designated by the WHO. If this is not available, a yellow fever vaccination will be carried out and a ten-day quarantine will be imposed or you will be expelled from the country. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit passengers who do not leave the transit area in the Maldives. [2] Due to the risk of possible infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Water should generally be drunk before use, Brushing teeth and making ice cubes can either be boiled or otherwise sterilized or bought pre-packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. It is best to avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk, as well as raw salads and mayonnaise. Only eat well-cooked meat or fish dishes and serve them hot. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. In many holiday resorts, however, the standard of hygiene is very high, so that the precautionary measures mentioned above are not necessary.

Other risks

Chikungunya occurs. Vaccination is not possible. As a precautionary measure, the most efficient protection possible against insect bites is recommended. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. Transmission time is from March to September. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The infection often goes unnoticed or only has mild symptoms. The isolated deaths documented so far were mainly related to other pre-existing conditions. The Federal Foreign Office advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended. isolated deaths were mainly related to other pre-existing conditions. The Federal Foreign Office advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended. isolated deaths were mainly related to other pre-existing conditions. The Federal Foreign Office advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended. because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended. because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended.

Health certificate

For work and long-term stays, a health certificate and an HIV test in English are required.

Money

Currency

1 Maldivian Rufiyaa = 100 Laari. Currency code: MRf, MVR (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 MRf. Coins in denominations of 2 and 1 MRf and 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 laari. In places heavily frequented by tourists, it is customary to pay in US dollars.

Credit cards

American Express, Visa, Mastercard, JCB and Diners Club and all other major credit cards are accepted in shops and hotels, among others. Withdrawals from ATMs are easily possible with credit cards. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.

ATMs

Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol in Malé. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers Checks are only cashed in Maldives in Malé by the State Bank of India when made out in US Dollars.

Bank opening hours

Sun-Thu 07.30/08.00-14.30.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of local currency and foreign currency is unlimited.

Currency Exchange

All major currencies can be exchanged in banks, hotels and larger shops. Purchases and bills are paid in hard currency, preferably US dollars, at most resorts and hotels. Euros are also accepted as a means of payment, but at a less favorable rate. Taking cash with you, preferably in small denominations, is recommended, especially on the smaller islands.

Currencies

Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
MVR MRf 1 EUR = 15.97 MRf
1 CHF = 18.92 MRf
1 USD = 15.28 MRf

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