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Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

No pre-arrival visa is required to enter the Maldives, and a thirty-day free visa is issued for travelers of all nationalities if he/she:

  • Has a valid, Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) passport with at least six months’ validity;
  • Has a valid ticket to continue his/her journey out of the Maldives;
  • Has enough funds to cover the expenses for the duration of his/her stay in the Maldives (calculated at USD 150 per day) or a reservation confirmation in a Tourist Resort, Hotel or Guesthouse.

Caution: Full thirty-day visa is not a right of the passenger to claim but lies at the discretion of the Immigration to issue not more than thirty days and any duration fewer than thirty days. Similarly, for those visiting the Maldives on Tourist Visa, employment of any sort is strictly prohibited.

Renewal of Tourist Visa

A Tourist Visa may be renewed should the person concerned applies to the Immigration before the expiration of the visa already granted. If you are looking to apply for a renewal, please remember the following:

  • Immigration will re-assess the financial position of the person asking for the extension, and determine his/her ability to cover the expenses during the additional stay period;
  • You must fill the Visa Extension Application Form, and apply it to the Head Office of Maldives Immigration during official working hours;
  • Any extension, if considered, would be granted for a duration not exceeding a total of ninety days, including the days issued on arrival;
  • A fee of MVR 750 will be levied for the full extension or part thereof (thirty days free plus sixty days chargeable). However, if the extension, including the days granted on arrival, is less than thirty days, no visa fees will be charged;
  • Any foreigner who stays beyond their approved stay may very well get deported.

Refusal of Entry

Any person arriving in the Maldives may be refused entry if the Immigration Officer during questioning or interviewing the passenger:

  • Have reasonable grounds (not necessarily solid proof) that the person is carrying fraudulent travel documents;
  • Suspects the apparent intention or the possible disruption of harmony or unlawful activities;
  • Senses strong anti-semantic religious or political views.

For further information, please visit Maldives Immigration.

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