Last update 29 May 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Maldives
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy on the Maldive Islands. The servicing embassy for the Maldives is the Embassy of Bulgaria in New Delhi, India.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in India
Address: 16/17 Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021
Tel.: +91 11 26115549; +91 11 26115551
Fax: +91 11 26876190
Mobile number (for emergencies): +91 9910999498
E-mail: [email protected]
Honorary Consul of Maldives in Bulgaria
1000 Sofia, 15, rue Moskovska
Tél.: +359 2 981 25 75
Fax: +359 2 981 04 93
E-mail: [email protected]
The local currency is Rufiyaa (Rf)
The political situation is unstable. This sometimes leads to spontaneous demonstrations in the capital Malé and in other large cities, which are not recommended when visiting the country. Tourist resorts are safer. Before leaving for the Maldives, it is advisable to get information about the current situation in the country and to keep following it throughout your stay there. When going outside the tourist resorts,you are advised to observe the Muslim traditions.
You can bring in without any limitations all kinds of local and foreign currency. It is advisable to have US dollars in cash. You can bring in without paying customs duty all items for personal use.
The import of pork, alcohol and pornographic materials is forbidden. Drug trafficking is punishable with lifelong imprisonment.
There are no restrictions for taking out local and foreign currency. It is forbidden to export black corals and scales or part of the armour of amphibians.
Specifics of legislation
Homosexual contacts are forbidden on the Maldives under the local legislation. The tourists visiting the country should keep in conformity with the local traditions and the sensitivity of the public in this respect, making effort not to indulge in provocative behaviour.
The islands are interconnected by air and water. You can hire a boat.
There are no clearly differentiated seasons on the Maldives. The dry and the rainy period alternate. The tropical monsoon period lasts from May until October.
More detailed information about the Maldives can be found HERE.
Travel papers and visas
Bulgarian national scan travel to the Maldives with an international passport, which should be valid for at least the period of their stay in the country.
For tourist travels with a stay of less than 90 days, Bulgarian nationals do not need a visa. Visa is required for a longer period. You can refer your inquiries to the honorary consul of the Maldives in Sofia.
During the period of adaptation, it is advisable to avoid placing high demands on your body.
Drink enough fluids during the hot days.
Eat light food and avoid fats.
Observe normal personal hygiene and wash frequently your hands with water and soap.
Be careful when eating fresh fruits and salads.
Do not drink the water in the water supply network. Use bottled water instead.
Emergency travel document:
In emergency situations – damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian nationals staying on the territory of the Maldives can apply to be issued a temporary passport for traveling before the diplomatic mission of an EU member state in the capital city of Malé.
Certifications and legalisations:
In order to be recognised on the territory of the other country, the public acts and documents issued by each of the two states should bear the stamp of the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The honorary consulate of the Maldives in Sofia will certify the stamp of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives and of Bulgaria, depending on the particular case.