The Maldives has always
been a unique nation. Apart from a period of Portuguese domination in
the 16th century and carrying the status of a British Protectorate from
1887 to 1965, the Maldives has been an independent nation. The Maldives
is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Non-Aligned
Movement. Maldives maintains a very cordial relationship with the
international community and Maldivians themselves take pride in their
hospitality and friendliness!
Sun, sand and sea, a
thousand ‘Robinson Crusoe' islands, massive lagoons with different
depths and infinite shades of blue and turquoise, dazzling underwater
coral gardens; a perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical
holiday destination. However there is more to the Maldives than just
in the Maldives
Free 30 days Visa upon
arrival for all visitors
Visitors entering the Republic of Maldives should fulfill the following
requirement for the grant of an entry permit into the country.
- Posses a valid international travel document issued by the Government
of a Sovereign State.
- Posses a valid return air ticket to a destination where the passenger
has permission to enter, together with necessary visas for the onward
journey to the next destination.
- Posses minimum US$30.00 per person per day or confirmed hotel
reservation for the intended period of stay in the Maldives. Following
are exempted from this requirement.
Approved persons for employment
Technical and other experts attached to the Government
Those who have confirm bookings in registered tourist resort/hotels etc.
Those sponsored by Maldivian
No prior visa is required to enter the Republic of Maldives. Entry
permit will be granted on arrival at designated ports of entry, based on
the immigration requirements.
An entry permit does not allow an alien to take up employment, set up
any business or exercise any profession work whether paid or unpaid
except with the consent and in conformity with the pertinent laws and
regulations of the Maldives. However, an alien or foreign delegation
visiting the Maldives to conclude business agreements, contracts or to
negotiate business transactions with their counterparts do not require
work permits if the stay does not exceed the duration granted on
An expatriate must obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Higher
Education, Employment and Social Security prior to arrival in Maldives
to engage in employment.
Aliens who stay beyond the period for which they have been approved may
The Government of Maldives refuses admission and transit to holder of
Merchant Seaman books.
Disembarkation and Embarkation card shall be filled by every passenger
and submitted to the Immigration Officer on entry.