Tourism

Maldives Reduces Passport Validity Requirement of Minimum 6 Months to Just 1 Month

The tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to the Maldives. As such, a foreigner travelling to the 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;

  1. A passport or a travel document with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least 6 months validity. [Changes being made to general entry requirements to the Maldives due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), effective from 1st of July 2020. Foreign Passports holders passport and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 1 month (30 days) from the arrival date.]
  2. Pre-paid hotel booking/accommodation.
  3. Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in the Maldives.
  4. Confirmed onward/return tickets to the home country or to the country of residence (not applicable for valid resident permit holders).
  5. Entry facilities to their onward destinations; for example, the visa.
  6. Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travellers travelling to and from the Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via http://imuga.immigration.gov.mv
  7. Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable.
  8. COVID-19 negative PCR test result, attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form (sample was taken 96 hours prior to departure to the Maldives, counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives).

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 the 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 the 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 the passage.

All travellers are also reminded that it is a punishable offence to overstay in the Maldives beyond the number of days given.

Full details are available at the link below:

Source URL: Corporate Maldives

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