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Formalities at the airport

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Formalities at the airport

Hello!

My husband and I need to head to Maafushi from the airport. Our flight arrives at 2:10pm at Male International Airport and the Ferry ride to this island would be at 3pm. Will someone be able to tell me if I can make it to the ferry after getting my customs cleared and also the on-arrival visa?

How long would it take to finish off the formalities in the airport?

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1. Re: Formalities at the airport

It really depends how many planes arrive at male at the same time as you

On my previous arrivals , that amount of time is just about do-able but only just about

Never arrived and out the door in under 40 mins

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Hello Dhasri

It could be that you will be through the airport in just 10/15 minutes - or it could be that you may be slightly delayed for landing and then may join the back of a queue behind 2 other plane loads.

The Visa issue is nothing to worry about - just make sure you complete the immigration Card while on your plane and not when at the desk - it then takes 5 seconds to stamp in your passport.

Have fun

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We waited 2 hours for our luggage due to heavy rain and wind.

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4. Re: Formalities at the airport

Thanks all for your response. But are the Ferries available right outside the airport?

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Hello

Yes - just outside. It is not a big place and you cannot get lost.

Thanks

Richard

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6. Re: Formalities at the airport

Guys - I'm confused.......I thought the ferry to Maafushi left from Male island itself (not the airport island) at 3pm? See below.

Can't see how the OP can get over there in time??

holidaylodgemaldives.com/getting-maafushi-fr…

"Getting to Maafushi Island from the Airport.

All tourists, including yourself, coming to the Maldives will arrive at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE).

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is actually a separate Island near Male’ City. So the first thing should be getting to the City.

Getting to the City is quite easy.

After exiting the arrivals terminal you will be facing the sea.

Go right to the departure jetty.

You should find a big “DEPARTURE” plate on your way.

If unsure you can always ask the help desk inside the terminal.

You should get ferry closest to “READY TO DEPART” plate.

You will spend MVR 10 and a duration of around 10 minutes to reach the City.

When you reach Male’ get a taxi – a lot of them will wait you just near jetty.

Ask the driver to take you to the “VILLINGILI FERRY TERMINAL” which is on the opposite side of the City.

The drive will take around 8 – 12 minutes depending on the traffic and will cost approximately MVR 30.

Go to the terminal counter and ask for tickets to Maafushi Island.

The ferry is located left of the counter and should be easy to find.

Always remember there will be NO FERRY ON FRIDAY.

Ferry leaves Male’ at 15:00 (only one schedule).

If you cannot reach the ferry by 14:50 latest, try to find a hotel in Male’.

When you reach Maafushi Island the hotel staff will be there to greet you and escort you to the hotel."

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Paul, Richard - were you guys having a senior moment....or have I lost the plot somewhere....?

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8. Re: Formalities at the airport

Hello Lyn

Unfortunately I was only going on the information offered by the poster. I realise now that the information which I had read as "need to catch the ferry from the airport" actually reads ambiguously with a non specific departure point.

Sorry Dhasri - but no way will you get across to the other side of Male to make your connection.

Thanks for putting me straight Lyn.

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never took us more than 30minutes to clear customs, grab our luggage and be out of the airport.

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10. Re: Formalities at the airport

Just like a y other airport in the world, it simply,depends on how busy it is and if you are last in fhe queue or first, at that time,

I would concur with lyn and Richard in the fact it's simply not doable. You have to get a ferry and a taxi. simply to get the ferry, which will take twenty minutes all in, that's before you mess about getting them. If you have to be there for ten minutes to three, then you have to be out of the airport at probably about 2 . 25 to even stand a slim chance. The odds of being able to disembark in this time are even low, it takes ten minutes or so just to get off the plane on a good day, if you are up the front, never mind going through immigration and collecting bags. There is really no way from wheels down, to out of airport, bags in hand within fifteen minutes.

It's simply not achievable, you will need a hotel for the night.