Tuesday February 28th 2017

Customs Regulations

All passengers visiting the Maldives should go through customs checking. Passengers’ luggage and any other hand carrying items should go through x-ray checking and if the customs officer needs further checking then the luggage should be opened for inspection.

Importing of alcoholic beverages, narcotic drugs, pornographic materials and idols of worship are prohibited by law. Strict penalties will apply to those attempting to do so.

If you are bringing in a lot of photographic or diving equipment it is advisable to inform your resort / hotel / local agents of the details prior to your arrival or bring a list with details such as serial numbers of the equipment, to avoid delay at the airport upon arrival.  You will be expected to take them back with you. Import duty is payable for any items left behind.

Radio & Wireless Communication Equipment
All radio and communications equipments should be declared to Customs on arrival for frequency approval from relevant authority.

Plants, Live animals & Birds
Those wishing to import plants, live animals and birds should produce proper  phytosanitary / sanitary certificate(s). required. In its absence, the items will be confiscated.

Films

All types of video films and movies should be declared to Customs for approval through Government censors.

Concessions
Passengers returning from abroad are given the following concessions regarding the goods they bring along for each travel. This concession is not applicable to goods carried in commercial quantities.

  • Wearing apparel
  • Jewellery, watches and pens for personal use
  • Toiletries. (Soap, perfume, shampoo and such)
  • Camera, radio and such for personal use
  • 200 sticks of cigarette or 25 cigars and 200 gram tobacco (only allowed for person over 16 years of age)
  • Books and Magazine used during the flight
  • In addition to the above mention, Rf2000/- concession on dutiable goods will be given

Citizens returning from abroad are entitled to the following concessions regarding the goods they bring along. This concession is applicable to personal items and not for items in commercial quantity, determined on the period spent abroad.

  • Less than 1 year, Rf 7000/-
  • 1 to 3 years, Rf 9500/-
  • More than 3 years, Rf 12,000/-

In addition to above

  • Student visa holders returning from abroad are exempted their computers, books and such used while abroad
  • Passengers staying abroad for more than one year are exempted their used personal items.

Items like newspaper, magazine, cloths, reading glasses and medicine prescribed by doctors that are brought for others order will be given a concession of Rf2000/- per person per travel. Items imported for others order for commercial purpose is excluded. Additional items excluded in the allowance should be cleared under import license after paying import duty.

The following vessels/vehicles are to be registered in the Ministry of transport and civil aviation. These will be released after registry forms are filled.

  • All kind of vehicles like motor/auto cycle, car, pickup and lorry
  • All sea vessels
  • Battery powered vehicles

Dutiable Goods in Commercial Quantities
Passengers carrying dutiable goods in commercial quantities should fulfill the following:

  • Produce commercial invoice(s).
  • Have an import license or a temporary import license.
  • Submit the above documents to the officer on duty who will assist in processing the declaration. Duty payments can also be made at this stage.

Latest News

President Inaugurates New Runway Commencement at VIA

President Inaugurates New Runway Commencement at VIA

27 February 2017, Ref: 2017-59 President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has inaugurated the commencement of work on a new [Read More]

“Being a small state does not prevent the Maldives from promoting the values and principles that underpin the international human rights mechanisms”, Minister Asim

“Being a small state does not prevent the Maldives from promoting the values and principles that underpin the international human rights mechanisms”, Minister Asim

  27 February 2017, Geneva; Addressing the Human Rights Council for the first time at the High Level Segment of [Read More]

Statement by Foreign Minister at the High Level Segment of the 34th Session of Human Rights Council

Statement by Foreign Minister at the High Level Segment of the 34th Session of Human Rights Council

Statement by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives at the High Level Segment [Read More]

34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

27 February 2017, Geneva, Switzerland; The 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council began today in Geneva, [Read More]

No Recorded Cases of Measles in Maldives since 2010 – Dr. Arvind Mathur

No Recorded Cases of Measles in Maldives since 2010 – Dr. Arvind Mathur

26 February 2017, Ref: 2017-58 The Resident Representative of the World Health Organization to Maldives, Dr. Arvind [Read More]

President Inaugurates Measles and Rubella Vaccination Campaign

President Inaugurates Measles and Rubella Vaccination Campaign

26 February 2017, Ref: 2017-57 President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has, this morning, inaugurated the Maldives’ [Read More]

Popular Topics

Insider

Archives