Maldives Visit Visa Requirements
The Maldives is an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into 26 natural coral atolls in the Indian ocean. Coral islands measure not more than 1.8 meters above sea level. The Maldives are one of the most geographically dispersed as well as the smallest country in Asia.
With Over a 436,330 population of this small country only 200 islands are inhabited. The Maldives, located on top of a vast underwater mountain range have around 1190 islands and sandbanks. The pearl string like islands covers a land area of no less than 298 km2. All the islands are encircled by a lagoon blessed with crystal clear water.
The Maldives is known to locals in their native language (Dhivehi) as Dhivehi Raajje. With its white sand beaches and turquoise crystal blue sea and the scenic coconut palms surrounding everywhere, the Maldives are portrayed by travel companies as a tropical paradise.
These islands are protected by a reef structure, housing one of the most exclusive and spectacular underwater life.
Tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to Maldives. As such, a foreigner travelling to Maldives as a tourist does not require pre-approval for the visa. However, the person must satisfy the basic entry requirements to get immigration clearance upon arrival.
The basic entry requirements are as follows;
A passport or a travel document with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least 1 months validity.
A pre-paid hotel booking/accommodation.
Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Maldives.
Confirmed onward/return tickets to home country or to country of residence (not applicable for valid resident permit holders).
Entry facilities to their onward destinations; for example, the visa.
Traveler Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers traveling to and from Maldives, within 48 hours prior to their travel. The form has to be submitted electronically via IMUGA.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable. Click here to check the Yellow Fever endemic countries.
COVID-19 negative PCR test result, attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form. The sample for PCR test has to be taken 96 hours prior to departure to Maldives, counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives.
NOTE: Vaccination is not compulsory to stay at Resorts and Liveaboards. However, unvaccinated tourists intending to stay at inhabited islands are liable to only consider the places where the vaccination coverage has been completed.
The maximum number of days granted on arrival would be 30 days, unless agreed by any bilateral means or treaty. This period of stay is not for the visitor to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Maldives Immigration to grant any number of days less than or equal to 30.
The period of stay granted is shown on the endorsement in the passport. Visitors are advised to check their passport for the arrival endorsement and take note of the number of days granted to stay in Maldives. Once arrived as a tourist, the visitor is not permitted to engage in any form of business, occupation, profession or paid employment while in Maldives.
Categories like; social visitors, friends, family visitors or media and business visitors, who are not considered as genuine tourists, are highly advised to declare sponsorship prior to their arrivals (if applicable), in order to facilitate the flow of passage.
All travelers are also reminded that it is a punishable offense to overstay in Maldives beyond the number of days given.
Work Visa is the permit issued for a foreigner to stay in Maldives for the purpose of employment.
A person traveling to the Maldives for the purpose of employment will be granted 15 days from the date of arrival. In order to acquire this pre period, the foreign national should possess a valid Work Permit issued by the Ministry of Economic Development, which does not exceed 90 days from date of issue. Moreover, the foreign national should provide the same passport on arrival for which the Work Permit was issued. Re-entry on Work Permit without obtaining a visa is possible unless the Work Permit remains valid (within 90 days from date of issue).
Work Visa process include a medical check-up which needs to be completed from a permitted hospital/clinic, and health insurance should cover within this period to apply for work visa.
The consequences for not obtaining visa within the mentioned period results in penalization under the Immigration Act 1/2007, which include deportation from Maldives for overstaying.
The issuance of Work Visa service is decentralized and is provided from Male’ (Visa Division, Star Cloud, 8th Floor, Majeedhee Magu), Hithadhoo Immigration Office (Addu City), Fuvahmulah Immigration Office (Fuvahmulah City) and Kulhudhuffushi Immigration Office (H. Dh. Kulhudhuffushi).
Entry Requirements for Work Visa
A machine readable (MRZ) Passport Bio-data page copy of the applicant (At least 1 Year validity).
A valid Work Permit not exceeding 90 days from date of arrival.
Traveler should provide the same passport mention in the Work Permit.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable.
Applying for Work Visa
The following documents are required to apply for Work Visa and the employer or a representative of the employer shall submit the application for the visa.
Passport of the employee
Copy of the Work Permit
Passport size photo (Photo shall comply with Maldives Immigration passport photo standard and must be a recent photo)
Medical health screening report of the employee issued from a Hospital/Clinic authorized by the relevant government authority
Work Visa Application Submission Receipt (IM29)
Maldives Immigration introduced an online Work Visa service on 17th November 2019. Hence, the employers and recruitment agencies shall apply for the service through Xpat Online System.
With this enhancement, visas will be processed within 48 hours of submission. When the application is processed, applicants can request for an online appointment to submit the passport(s) for visa. Visa process will take 3 working days and the applicant will be notified when the passport is ready for collection. An online appointment shall be fixed once again for passport(s) collection.
Expatriate should be registered under the “Expatriate Medical Insurance” issued from Allied Insurance Company, before applying for visa.
Work Visa fee should be paid for a minimum of 3 months from the date of submission of the application.
The existing Employees while returning to Maldives after been abroad must make sure their visa is valid or at least the Work Permit should remain valid.
Important sections of Self Service Document to be Uploaded before Biometrics appointment Day
- Find all documents under each category.
- Scan all documents under each category.
- Email all documents under each category to us.
Needed document types
Residency: This is country residency document, if you are not applying in your country of nationality
Employment evidence: this might include a work certificate, letter or contract, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation.
Financial evidence: this might include a bank statement, savings certificate or payslips, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation
Sponsor evidence: this might include your sponsor’s passport and residency or an invitation letter, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation
Studies evidence: this might include your offer letter, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation
Family evidence: this might include birth and marriage certificates, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation
Accommodation: temporary or permanent this might include a rental or house, mortgage statement or house deed, for further information please check the User guide for supporting documentation
Travel and residency documents: we always recommend that you do not book and pay for travel and accommodation until the outcome of your visa is known
Other evidence: Any other valuable information.
It should end with a Link to download the visa application form. A sub section should contain the requirements for minors.
Your visa application will be processed within three working days (excluding the day of submission). Some applications may take longer to process.Each visa application will be considered on its own merits.
How to apply
Step 1: Fill all forms Online or Offline.
Step 2: Pay application fees.
Step 3: Select Biometrics Appointment Date.
Step 4: Upload All Support Documents
Step 5: Print out all submission documents.
Step 6: Visit TLS Centre for Submission.
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