The Maldives News Mini-Features

Maldives Visa Policy for Tourists

For anyone entering the Republic of Maldives, especially tourists, the country grants free visa-on-arrival status to all countries of the world for a limit of 30 days. For visa extensions of up to 60 days, there is a visa fee of 700 Maldivian Rufiyaa (Rf.). The only exceptions are India and Brunei. Indian nationals are visa-free for 90 days in the country, while nationals of Brunei can apply for only a 15-day stay visa.

Tourism is obviously the Maldives’ main source of income. In 2017 alone, some 1,300,000 visitors went to the Maldives, mostly tourists on various holidays. The top 10 countries whose nationals visited the Maldives were:

  • China – 324,000+
  • Germany – 106,000+
  • United Kingdom – 101,000+
  • Italy – 71,000+
  • India – 66,900+
  • Russia – 46,000+
  • France – 40,000+
  • Japan – 39,800+
  • United States – 32,000+
  • Switzerland – 31,000+

No Visa Fee for Maldivians Visiting UAE

In relation and in positive reciprocity of the above, the government of the United Arab Emirates has waived the visa fee for Maldivians travelling to the UAE beginning January 1, 2019.

This was announced by the state minister of Foreign Ministry, Mr. Ahmed Khaleel. He also added that all airlines have been notified about this visa-less arrangement between the Republic of Maldives and the United Arab Emirates.

Maldivians of all categories, whether carrying an official, diplomatic, or ordinary passport, will be allowed to travel to the UAE without applying for a visa. As for special business visas, the procedure will still follow normal protocols.

In addition, it was also announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Abdhulla Shahid that some agreements have been reached with India regarding visas for Maldivians travelling to India.

Malé City to be Illuminated by over 4,000 Solar Lights

Tourists will be happy to know that over 4,000 solar LED lights will be installed around the capital City Malé, as well as in the suburbs of Hulhumale’ and Vilimale’. This was announced by the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Athifa Shukoor. The project, conducted through international assistance, involves the Malé City Council, Hulhumale’ Development Corporation (HDC), and the Maldives Stated Electric Company (STELCO).

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