The immigration cards issued to you on your flight to Male' include a great list of items that are banned from the republic. Alcohol, pornography, pork, narcotics, dogs, firearms, spear guns and 'idols of worship'

cannot be brought into the country and you're advised to comply. Baggage is always X-rayed and may be searched carefully, and if you have any liquor it will be taken and held for you till you're about to leave the country. This service will not extend to other prohibited items, and the importation of multiple bibles, pornography and in particular, drugs, will be treated very seriously.

The export of turtle shell, or any turtle-shell products, is forbidden.

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