Import Restrictions

The Maldives

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Customs

The following items are prohibited from importing, producing, handling, selling, distributing or giving in Maldives

  • Narcotics and psychotropic substances
  • Religious materials offensive to Islam
  • Idols (for worship)
  • Pornographic material
  • Live pigs

Import Restricted Items (except to Government authorities)

  • Arms and ammunition
  • Alcohol and Spirits
  • Pork and its by-products
  • Dogs
  • Dangerous animals

Items allowed to import when accompanied with certificates

  • Live plants and animals - a valid phytosanitary / sanitary certificate required
  • Medicines - doctor's medical prescription required

Marine products prohibited for export

  • Bait fishes (used for pole & line fishing)
  • Big eye scad (less than 6 inches)
  • Black coral
  • Black coral necklaces
  • Boulder coral
  • Branching coral
  • Conch (triton) shell
  • Coral
  • Dolphin
  • Eels (from june 25, 1995)
  • Lobster
  • Lobster meat
  • Mother of pearl shells
  • Parrot fish (from june 25, 1995)
  • Puffer fish (from june 25, 1995)
  • Ray skin (from january 01, 1996)
  • Rays (from june 25, 1995)
  • Trochus shell
  • Turtle (from january 01, 1996)
  • Turtle shell products (from january 01, 1996)
  • Turtle shells (from january 01, 1996)
  • Whales

Alcohol imported under a special license is available in all the resorts. Pork products are also available at most of the resorts.

Prohibited products such as alcohol brought in by passengers are bonded and released at departure.

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