Customs to cease storing prohibited items from tourists

Haveeru Daily
Jan 26, 2011 - 12:00

MALE, January 26 (HNS) – Maldives Customs Services will not store items prohibited under Maldivian law that are brought to the Maldives by tourists.

Under the customs regulations earlier in effect, such items are kept in customs care until the departure.

A statement issued by the department, however, said the new regulation, which will come into effect on May 1, does not allow the department to store items prohibited under local laws. Such items will be destroyed, the department added.

Customs said the decision was made because of the large number of tourists and the difficulties in storing the items.

“Flight and tourist arrivals have increased have increased which has made it impossible to introduce storage facilities to keep such items,” a customs statement said.

Items prohibited under local laws include documents against Islam, idols, pornographic materials, illegal drugs, and live pigs. Other objects prohibited by different government authorities include arms, alcohol, pork, dogs, and dangerous animals.

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