Maldives Visa For Indian Citizens

Maldives is a south-east Asian country located in the Indian Ocean. It is the smallest country in Asia in terms of size and population. Maldives is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and thousands of Indians travel to the island country for tourism as well as other purposes. The Maldives government issues three different type of visas for foreign nationals visiting the country. These are the tourist visa, business visa and family/friend visit visa.

Types Of Visa

  • Tourist visa: If a person is travelling to Maldives for the purpose of tourism then he or she needs to apply for a tourist visa. The Maldives government issues a visa on arrival to nationals of all countries which is a valid for a period of 30 days. Foreign tourists can get an extension of another 60 days on request on the tourist visa but the application for the same needs to be submitted at least 2 days before the tourist visa expires. The pre-requisites for getting a visa on arrival are:
    1. The passport should not expire for at least 6 months from the date of the travel.
    2. The visitor should have an air ticket to fly out of Maldives.
    3. The visitor should have enough money for the duration of his or her stay in the country.
    4. The visitor should have proof of his or her stay in the country.
    5.             The documents required for getting an approval for a tourist visa on arrival to Maldives Are:

      • A passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from the date of travel.
      • Two photographs of the applicant may be required.
      • Proof of accommodation in the country.
      • Air tickets to fly out of Maldives.
  • Business visa: If a person is travelling to Maldives for the purpose of conducting business then he or she needs to apply for a business visa. The business should have approved in prior by the Maldives government authority. The documents required to get an approval for a business visa to Maldives are:
    1. The business visa application form filled completely with all the details of the applicant.
    2. A document that states the registration of the concerned company or organization.
    3. The copy of the bio data page of the passport.
    4. A certificate of qualification from the concerned organization which mentions the purpose of the applicant’s visit, his or her experience in the field of work and duration and the place of stay in the country.
    5. A document that acts as proof of health insurance of the applicant.
      • Family/friend visit visa: If a person is travelling to Maldives to visit a family or a friend then he or she can apply for family/friend visit visa. The documents required for getting an approval for family/friend visit visa are:
        1. A passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from the date of travel.

        2. Two photographs of the applicant may be required.

        3. Proof of accommodation in the country.

        4. Air tickets to fly out of Maldives.

        5. A letter of invitation from the concerned family member or friend in Maldives.

        6. The visitor should have enough foreign exchange for the duration of his or her stay.

    How To Apply For A Maldivian Visa

    If an Indian national is travelling to Maldives, he or she does not require a visa prior to arriving at the country and can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport itself. The visa on arrival is valid for a maximum of 90 days. To receive a work permit, an Indian national needs to fill out the work permit form at his or her arrival in the country. 

    Visa Fees

    The visa on arrival is exempted from any charges by the Maldives government. To extend the visa for a period of 60 days, an Indian national needs to pay an amount of Rs. 3045.

    Maldives visa application centers in India

    1. The embassy of Republic of Maldives in India: The Embassy of Republic of Maldives in India is located in New Delhi. The address of the embassy is C-31, ANAND NIKETAN, New Delhi, Delhi 110021. The contact number is 011 4143 5701.
    2. The Consulate of Maldives, Trivandrum: The Consulate of Maldives is located in Trivandrum. The address of the consulate is LAVANYA, TC no:16/3176, Kumarapuram Pattom Road, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695011.

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News About Maldives Visa For Indian Citizens

  • New visa agreement between India, Maldives came into effect on Monday

    The new visa agreement between India and Maldives came into effect on Monday.  The agreement between both the countries provide a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens who seek medical treatment in the country as well as look for education and business opportunities. 

    As per the new agreement, Maldivian tourists and businessmen will be able to stay in the country for a period of 90 days without needing a visa. Apart from that, citizens of Maldives who are in the country on a tourist visa can stay back for treatment in case they suffer from sudden medical issues. The main motive behind the new agreement is to boost people-to-people ties between both the nations. 

    It needs to be mentioned here that the new agreement was reached during the visit of Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to India in December last year. The agreement has come to force after all necessary formalities have been completed. 

    11 March 2019

  • Ex-post facto approval given by Union Cabinet for facilitation of visa arrangements with the Maldives

    The Visa facilitation agreement signed between India and Maldives during the visit of Maldivian President to India last month was given ex-facto approval by the Union cabinet recently. The agreement was signed with the aim of deepening people-to-people exchanges between both the nations. With the Union cabinet providing its approval on the agreement, it would be easier for Indian and Maldivian nationals to visit each other’s countries going forward.  

    As per the agreement, nationals of both countries can travel to each other’s countries visa-free for a period of 90 days. The reason for travel could be tourism, medical treatment, education as well as business or employment. An official statement states that the agreement also provides for easy conversion of visa-free entry to medical visa and visas for dependents of students and individuals pursuing employment in the countries.  

    22 January 2019

  • Reports emerge that over 2,000 Indians in the Maldives have lost jobs or were denied work visa in the last three months

    As per reports, in the last three months over 2000 Indian workers were denied work visa or have either lost their jobs in the Maldives. Data received from the Immigration Department highlight that as many as 300 Indian workers were denied work visa even after they were hired by a Singapore-based company that is working in the country. Given the development, the Indian government is keeping a close eye on the matter and has instructed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and other agencies to collect the exact data. The data asked to be collected include preparing a breakup of those who lost their jobs or were denied work visa, of those who returned home after losing their jobs etc. It needs to be mentioned that as per reports, the Maldivian government has instructed the Immigration department to put on hold fresh work permits for Indian citizens and as also asked the Indian government to take back the two helicopters gifted to the Maldivian government.

    The Immigration Department of the country has however refuted the reports. Mohammad Anwar, the Immigration Controller has stated that Maldives Immigration officers carry out their duties with full dedication and do not discriminate with anyone. He added that the authority will continue to grant work permits and visas to Indian citizens in accordance with the country's regulations.

    26 June 2018

  • Indian nationals now finding it difficult to obtain work permits in Maldives

    Due to the recent between Indian and Maldives government, Indian nationals are now finding it difficult to obtain work permits in Maldives. This is largely seen by experts as a result of burgeoning relationship between Maldives and China. China is very keenly interested in Maldives to strengthen its position in the Indian Ocean. Also the newly elected president of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen has been described to be autocratic, even jailing political enemies.

    The jobs for which Indian nationals had applied and waited for a long time are now being given to nationals of other countries. Advertisements listed for people searching for jobs in Maldives are also listing people holding Indian passports as ineligible due to the denying of work permit to Indian citizens. The Indian Embassy situated in Male, capital city of Maldives is also rendered helpless and has asked the Indian citizens stuck in Maldives without work permit to figure out their situation on their own.

    When Indian Foreign Ministry was asked about the plight of Indian citizens in Maldives, it assured that it was doing everything in its power to rectify the situation and talks are ongoing with the Maldives government to ease the situation.

    19 June 2018

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