Relocation to Maldives



Maldives is an archipelago of 1190 small islands chained accross the Indian Ocean. At first, it is just a famous tourist destination because of its pristine white sand beaches. But eventually, Maldives also became popular among expats who want to work and live abroad. This is no place for you to bring thick winter clothes and boots,instead,prepare to be sunkissed by its warm tropical climateas you walk along its sea shores. Here are some helpful tips that can make your transition go smoothly:


Some expats conduct an ocular visit or initial tour in Maldives before relocating to get a feel for the neighbourhoods and to check rentals. But if you don’t have the budget to do so, you can always go through online portals for real estate properties or contact a local realtor to help you find the best options in the housing market.

When moving abroad, always expect that the rental cost does not include the payment for your essential services like water, electricity, gas and garbage collection. In Maldives’s main cities, the average cost of your utilities is €120 per month. Your internet connection will be around €80 monthly, and a minute of local prepaid mobile call is €0.10.

Housing and Apartment Rental 

With the growing local and foreign population in Maldives, you can expect that there is a shortage of housing, especially in the centre cities. Apartment or house sharing is now becoming a common practice for many residents. You can always choose between a short term and long term rental agreement, depending on the length of time you intend to stay. In Male, the capital of the country, you can get a one bedroom apartment for €600 and a three bedroom unit for €1,300. The rental cost in districts outside the metropolitan are a bit cheaper; €500 for one bedroom and €1200 for a three bedroom apartment.

International and Local Schools

There are two types of educational system being is used across the islands: traditional Islamic that uses Dhivehi as a medium and the modern English-language based curriculum. As an expat, you can enrol your child in an international school like the Ghiyassudin International School Another prominent institution in the country  is the Maldives National University, a local school founded in 1973.

Moving Your Belongings 

For many expats, it is easier and more convenient to get help when it comes to importing their belongings to a different country. You will find many shipping and removal companies that will assist you through out the moving process. The average time of delivery to Maldives is 10-19 business days, depending on your country of origin. Containers will arrive in the Port of Male where the local customs officers will conduct an inspection. After giving clearance, the cargos will then be delivered to your new home. For more information about the import regulations in Maldives, click here.

Dogs are strictly not allowed for import to Maldives. Other domestic animals should have the International Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian from its country of origin. Also, make sure that your pet is free from any contagious diseases.

The primary mode of public transportation in Maldives is Dhoni or vessel which is widely used to travel across the different islands. For road transport, you have the option of bringing your car to the country. Here are some of the important documents that you need to have:

  • Detailed desription of the vehicle
  • Original Title
  • Proof of Regitration
  • Proof of Insurance

There’s nothing more rewarding after all these preparations than to know that you’re about to live in one of the breathtaking coral islands of Maldives.



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