Import Prohibited Items

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


  • Religious materials offensive to Islam
  • Idols (for worship)
  • Pornographic material
  • Narcotics and psychotropic substances
  • 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
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  • Customs Procedure Codes - most used CPCs
    • CPC CPC description Free %
      C400  Imports to pvt sector ...  00.00
      C404  Importation for tourism industry...  00.00
      C446  Importation for tourism industry...  100.00
      C447  Importation for tourism industry...  75.00
      C448  Importation for tourism industry...  50.00
      C465  Preferential duty rates under sa...  00.00
      C466  Preferential duty rates under sa...  00.00
      C476  Ex-warehouse for tourism industr...  00.00
      C479  Ex-warehouse for tourism industr...  100.00
      ...more CPCs
  • Imports & Exports - yearly increase