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Written by Preetha Manivelan on November 16, 2022 Share on

How To Reach The Maldives From LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)?

The Maldives is one of the most traveled countries in the world and it is a dream island to travel to most of the explorers. Right from pristine beaches and tropical vibe to the luxurious resorts, the country has it all. The beauty of the Maldives and its culture will surely tempt anyone to visit the country at least once in their lifetime. The Maldives is especially suitable for a honeymoon vacation or a family getaway with your loved ones. Located 500 miles southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is a very isolated country and it is very far away from Los Angeles. In this article, you will get to know how to reach the Maldives from LAX (Los Angeles Airport).

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How to reach the Maldives from LAX

The Maldives is far away from Los Angeles lying at a distance of more than 15500 km. Hence the journey between the two places is time-consuming and exhausting. The best and only way to effectively travel to the Maldives is by air. However, there are world tour cruises that have the Maldives as part of their journey. But, if you are specifically interested in the Maldives alone, then cruises are not an option.


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Reach the Maldives by air

As the Maldives is far away from LA, reaching there by direct flight is not possible. The easiest and fastest way to reach the Maldives would be by selecting one-stop flights. The cost of these flights with economy classes will be anywhere between USD 1000 to USD 2000 approximately per person. The average time to reach the Velana International Airport of the Maldives from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will be around 22-26 hours. But you can choose longer flights with multiple stops if you are ready to compromise the time to bring down your budget. There are many airlines like Qatar Airways, Emirates, Swiss Airways, and Turkish Airlines that will help you reach your layovers at different cities like Doha, Dubai, Zurich, and Istanbul respectively from where you can have a flight to the Maldives.

We would suggest you prefer the flights through the Middle East route over the ones which have layovers in Europe or Africa as these flights will be economical, best in services and less exhausting. If you want the cheapest of options, you can go for the Hong Kong route as the return flight cost via this route is as low as 1000 USD per person.

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Things to know before you reach the Maldives

We know that you are too excited about your trip to the Maldives, who wouldn’t be? But before that, there are certain important things you need to know before you leave LAX to reach the Maldives.

  • There is no VISA. The Maldives provides free entry for US citizens who have a valid passport, onward/return ticket, and sufficient funds. It is valid for 30 days from the date of arrival in the country.
  • You are not allowed to take liquor into the country as they have strict laws against alcohol. However, You will be provided liquor inside the resort you are staying but you can’t bring them back or take it to local inhabited islands. 
  • If you have planned for honeymoon trip to Maldives and bought any wine or liquor on your way to the Maldives, they will be kept by the customs office in the airport during your stay and be returned to you on your way back.
  • The Maldives is an Islamic country and they follow their religion and cultures strictly. So, please respect their belief and culture in local inhabited islands. Pork and alcohol are strictly forbidden there and don’t take them while you are in local inhabited islands.
  • Don’t take the seashells from the beach. Yeah, you read it right. You can’t take seashells, tortoise shells, corals, or even sand from the Maldives beach. If you have any idea of taking them back as a souvenir, please drop it. The Government has a very strict policy regarding this as they suggest that these shells act as home to hermit crabs which actually play a pivotal role in controlling the sand fly population.
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Excited to reach the Maldives already? Then, why wait when you know how to reach Maldives from LAX? Plan the best vacation to the most naturally gifted island in the world. Turn your Maldives vacation from dreams to reality by choosing one of our Maldives tour packages at Pickyourtrail.

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