Although Malé is the smallest capital of the world, it is nevertheless the vibrant heart of the Maldivian Archipelago. Between its magnificent and secular mosques, its colourful markets, its craft shops, and its narrow streets where it is pleasant to get lost, the island has many charming assets which are impossible not to succumb to!
Lyon (LYS) - Malé (MLE) flight
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Prepare your trip to Malé
Formalities for travelling
For French nationals, as for foreign nationals: a passport valid for more than 6 months after the return date as well as a return or continuation of travel tickets are required.
Visa is free for stays shorter than 30 days. It is obtained on arrival at the airport upon presentation of the passport.
Requests for visa extensions are subject to a fee. The formalities are to be carried out with the immigration services in Malé.
It is strongly recommended that you do not exceed the visa deadline or face serious consequences.
Services at Malé Airport
- Services on Arrival
Banking: Bank of Maldives is available 24 hours a day at the airport. The local currency is the Maldivian rupee “Maldives Rufiyaa” (MVR). The US dollar is widely used and it is also possible to pay by international credit card in large hotels as well as in restaurants.
Currency exchange: exchange offices are also available as well as an ATM located near the gates of arrival.
Medical assistance: a medical service is available at the airport.
Trolley: To facilitate the transport of luggage, a free trolley service awaits travellers.
- Services on Departure
Restaurants: Various restaurants and cafe welcome guests 24 hours a day.
Children: a baby changing area and a children’s playground are available on level 1 of the airports.
Shopping: for last-minute shopping, souvenir shops and duty-free are available within the terminal.
Post: a post office is available next to the entrance of the departure hall.
Luggage filming: a luggage filming service is available in the departure hall.
Other services: prayer rooms, smoking rooms and showers are also available.
Transfer from airport to Malé
Male International Airport is located on Hulule Island, one kilometre from the capital. The only means of transport to reach the city centre is the dhoni, the local boat.
- Dhoni: Departures from the airport pier takes place every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after midnight. Allow a quarter of an hour to cross on a shared boat.
- Airplane and Seaplane: from the airport, it is possible to reach the different atolls by using either the domestic flight company (for the South Thiladhunmathee, Hadhdunmathee, Huvadhoo Sud and Addoo atolls) or the seaplane for the other islands.
- Transport on the islands: on Male as well as on other islands, taxis are available. The price of the ride in Male is fixed: 15 MVR whatever the distance.