Visitors to the Maldives do not require a visa prior to their arrival in the country.
A thirty day free visa is issued on arrival for all Nationalities, provided:
– Should posses a valid passport with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) -(standard ICAO Annex 9, chapter 3.10.1) and should have at least 6 months validity
– Have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives
– Have enough funds to cover the expenses for duration of the stay in Maldives. (US$100 + $50 dollars per day) or a confirmation of reservation in a Tourist Resort or a Hotel.
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 period less than thirty days.
Renewal of Tourist Visa
A Tourist visa maybe be renewed if the person concerned, applies to the Immigration before the expiration of the visa already granted. Before the extension, Immigration will re-asses the incumbents financial position for the stay period of the extension. An extension can only be applied through the Visa Extension Application Form, at the Head Office during official working hours. Extension if considered, would be granted to a duration not exceeding a total of 90 days. (including the days granted on arrival) A visa fee of Rufiyaa 750 will be charged, for the full extension or part thereof (30 days free + 60 days chargeable) No visa fee will be charged if the extension does not exceed 30 days, that is including the days granted on arrival. FOREIGNERS WHO STAY BEYOND THE APPROVED STAY, MAYBE DEPORTED.
EMPLOYMENT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED UNDER THIS CATEGORY. VISITORS WHO STAY BEYOND THE APPROVED STAY, MAYBE DEPORTED.
A foreigner maybe allowed to enter the Maldives through the sponsorship program. The sponsor should fill and submit the related application form available at the Immigration.
The foreigner should not travel to Maldives under this program, until the sponsorship is approved. It is the responsibility of the foreigner to ensure that the sponsorship has been approved. Failing upon which the foreigner maybe refused entry.
A sponsor could be a local or a locally registered company.
Refusal of Entry
Any visitor arriving in the Maldives maybe 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 to the possible disruption of harmony and unlawful activities;
– Has strong anti-semantic religious or political views;
CAUTION: The right to refuse an entry lies at the discretion of the Immigration and not as a right to claim entry.
Removal from Maldives
Any visitor staying in Maldives could be removed from Maldives immediately if the visitor concerned is:
– Found working on a Tourist Visa;
– Found participating in any unlawful activity or even the intention to participate or initiate an unlawful activity;
– Suspected of disrupting the religious or political harmony;
– Reported to have become a public nuisance;
– Found with expired stay permit;
– Found with expired Work Permit;
The removal could be translated as deportation from Maldives until such time, the Immigration seems fit.
Employment for foreigners is allowed only under the permission granted from the Ministry of Employment and Labour.
Department of Immigration and Emigration issues a Resident Permit (Working Visa) based on this Work Permit.
A person entering Maldives with the intention to work in Maldives should have a copy of the Work Permit issued from the Ministry of Employment and Labour at the time of arrival.
A person who has already entered on a Tourist Visa will not be allowed to change the category of visa to a Resident Permit to work in Maldives.
It is the responsibility of the employee to confirm the employment and receive a copy of the Work Permit prior to arrival in Maldives.
Resident Permits issued are conditional on the validity of the Work Permit; therefore it is the responsibility of the Work Permit holder and the Employer to ensure that the Work Permit is in order. Failing upon which the Resident Permit may be cancelled on re-entry or exiting Maldives.
Work Permit is a written statement issued by the Ministry of Employment and Labour giving the permission to work in Maldives, while Resident Permit is an endorsement made on the passport by Immigration giving permission to stay in Maldives.
Link: Maldives Immigration (2017) http://www.immigration.gov.mv/index.php