Maldives Visa Guide

  • About requirements
    • Visa Requirements: Visa required.

      Visa exemptions: Nationals of India for a maximum stay of 90 days.

      Visa Issuance:

      1. Nationals of India traveling as tourists can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days. They must have a hotel reservation confirmation. They can apply to extend their stay for an additional 60 days.
      2. Passengers traveling on business or on duty can obtain a visa on arrival if holding an application form approved by the Maldives Immigration.

      Additional Information: 
      Visitors are required to hold at least USD 100.- per person per day to cover their stay.
      Information 1: This does not apply to passengers with a Maldivian sponsor.

      Warning: Visitors not holding return/onward tickets could be refused entry.

    • Passport Requirement: Passport required.

      Document Validity: Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 1 month from the arrival date.

      Additional Information:

      1. Passports must be machine-readable to enter and transit.
      2. Minors must have their own passport.

      Warning:

      1. Minors: Minors must have their own passport.
      2. Passengers with an extended validity in their passports are not allowed to enter.
      3. Passengers traveling as tourists must have a hotel reservation confirmation for the entire stay in a registered tourist facility
  • Everything to know while applying for a Maldives visa

    When we think of the Maldives, images of a calm shore lapping against the sandy beaches, tall palm trees leaning against each other, and the ocean as tranquil as it can get, come to mind.

    The Maldives is a favourite destination to spend a romantic holiday. It is a country suitable for all kinds of vacationers. So, if you have been planning a break from the city, the Maldives couldn't be a better place.

    The country’s exotic islands, dotted with several resorts and hotels, will give you the essence of calmness and serenity. You can get a suntan on the white sandy beaches, explore the magnificent reefs, and unravel several kinds of interesting attractions.

    The only requirement to get to the Maldives is a visa, and to ease your doubts and worries regarding Maldives visas, we’ve provided all the details to help you apply for your next visit.

  • How to apply for a Maldives visa?

    We know that the Maldives offers visa on arrival for Indian nationals, so it is not necessary to pre-arrange for the visa. The Maldives visa on arrival is valid for one month. To get the visa, you will need to have the following documents ready to show at the immigration counter. The visa on arrival can be extended for a maximum of 90 days.

    • Confirmed return tickets to fly from the Maldives
    • Valid passport with at least six months validity from the date of arrival
    • Confirmed hotel booking in Maldives
  • What is the visa processing time?

    Since you will receive your visa on arrival, there is no processing time. On arrival, the Department of Immigration will cross-check and verify your details, and if your information and documents look good, you will be allowed to enter the Maldives.

  • Types of Maldives Visa

    The Maldives government issues around five types of visas: tourist visa, business visa, work visa, marriage visa, and dependent visa. The detailed information for each type of Maldives visa is as follows:

    a) Tourist Visa

    b) Business Visa

    c) Work Visa

    d) Marriage Visa

    e) Dependent Visa

    • Tourist Visa

      A tourist visa is provided to all foreign nationals travelling to the Maldives. For Indian nationals, the Maldives provides visa on arrival; thus, there is no need for pre-approval for the visa. The travellers must meet the basic entry requirements upon arrival.

      Documents required

      • A valid passport with at least 1 month of validity
      • Confirmed accommodation proof in the Maldives
      • Passport size photograph with a white background
      • Bank statement indicating sufficient funds for your stay in the Maldives
      • Return flight ticket to your origin country
      • Vaccination against Covid-19 and yellow fever
      • Travel declaration form filled within 96 hours of travelling to the Maldives. It must be submitted electronically via IMUGA website

      Stay duration

      The maximum stay duration granted for visa on arrival is for 30 days. The length of the stay is entirely determined by the Maldives Immigration.

      Kindly note that categories under social visitors, friends/family visitors, and business visitors are advised to declare sponsorship before their arrival to the Maldives.

    • Business Visa

      Travellers entering the Maldives for business reasons will receive a temporary, multiple-entry visa. This visa has to be submitted to the Ministry of Economic Development through the Ministry’s Business Portal website.

      Documents required

      • A valid passport with at least 1 month validity
      • Confirmed accommodation proof in the Maldives
      • Passport size photograph with a white background
      • Bank statement indicating sufficient funds for your stay in the Maldives
      • Return flight ticket to your origin country
      • A letter of invitation
      • Completely filled business visa application
      • A document specifying the recognition of the company or organization
      • Vaccination against Covid-19 and yellow fever
      • Travel declaration filled within 96 hours of travelling to the Maldives. It must be submitted electronically via IMUGA website

      Stay duration

      The study duration for business visa is up to 90 days in a 12-month period. For this visa, the processing time is 5 to 10 days.

    • Work Visa

      Those who enter Maldives with a work visa will receive a 15-day permit from the date of arrival. To acquire this pre-period, the travellers need to possess a valid work permit from the Ministry of Economic Development website. The work permit does not exceed over 90 days from the issue date.

      The traveller will need to provide the same passport on arrival on which the work permit was issued. Re-entering Maldives for work without a visa is possible only if the work permit is valid for 90 days from the date it has been issued.

      Documents required

      • A valid passport with at least 1 month validity
      • Confirmed accommodation proof in the Maldives
      • Passport size photograph with a white background
      • Bank statement indicating sufficient funds for your stay in the Maldives
      • Return flight ticket to your origin country
      • Medical certificate
      • Submission receipt of the work visa application
      • Vaccination against Covid-19 and yellow fever
      • Travel declaration filled within 96 hours of travelling to the Maldives. It must be submitted electronically via IMUGA website

      Stay duration

      The study duration for work visa is up to 90 days in a 12-month period for work purposes. For this kind of visa, the processing time is 5 to 10 days.

      A work visa was introduced by the Maldives Immigration, wherein recruitment agencies need to apply for the service through Xpat Online System website.

    • Marriage Visa

      Marriage visa allows an individual to stay in the Maldives with their spouse. This visa is granted to a foreign national who is married to a Maldivian national. S/he is required to come to the Maldives to legalise their marriage.

      For this, the foreigner can apply for a tourist visa and this will be sponsored by the spouse living in the Maldives. Once the foreign national comes to the country, s/he will need to change their visa to marriage visa within a period of 30 days.

      If the visitor is already in the Maldives, the existing visa must be converted to a marriage visa for the procedure to be legalised.

      Documents required

      • A valid passport
      • Permit extension form (IM23)
      • Application form must include the individual’s signature and a seal from the family court
      • Marriage certificate (original and copy)
      • Identity card of the Maldivian national
      • Passport size photograph
      • Visa card fee (MVR 50)
      • Health certificate issued from an authorised hospital 

      You need to submit the marriage visa application on IMUGA website. Once the application is processed, you will be notified through the portal and will be given an appointment to submit the passport for visa.

      Note: Marriage visa is issued for a period of one year if you are a new applicant. The marriage visa extension is issued for a period of 5 years.

    • Dependent Visa

      As the name suggests, dependent visa is applicable for those who are dependent on their spouse/family. The following are the documents required for a dependent visa.

      Documents required

      • Permit extension form (IM23)
      • A valid passport with machine readable zone (MRZ)
      • Passport must have at least 6 months of validity
      • Passport size photograph
      • Dependent visa card fee (MVR 50)
      • Dependent visa fee (MVR 750 for 3 months)
      • A copy of visa card of the foreigner or employment approval
      • Proof of dependent status, either marriage certificate or birth certificate
      • Health certificate issued from an authorised hospital
      • Dependent visa applications can be submitted on the IMUGA website
  • Visa extension for Maldives

    The visa on arrival for Maldives can be extended by applying at the Maldives Immigration in Malé, its capital, before your current visa expires. Make sure you have the necessary means that will help cover your stay as your application will be checked by the Immigration Office.

    At Maldives, the maximum duration of your stay is for 90 days. So, if your current visa is for 30 days, you will receive an extension of 60 days.

  • FAQs

    How can I get a Maldives visa on arrival?

    You can get visa on arrival if you have all the essential documents with you like a valid passport with at least six months validity, sufficient funds to help sustain your stay, pre-paid accommodation, and return tickets to your country of origin.

    Is the visa on arrival applicable to all Maldives visas?

    No, the visa on arrival is only applicable for Maldives tourist visa.

    Is it possible to extend a Maldives visa on arrival?

    Yes, travellers with visa on arrival can extend the visa. You will need to fill a form and submit it at the Immigration Head Office in Male.

    For how long can I stay in Maldives?

    The maximum duration of your stay in Maldives is for 90 days. So, if your current visa is for 30 days, you will receive an extension of 60 days..

    How much does Maldives visa on arrival cost for Indian tourists?

    The visa on arrival is applicable to all travellers entering Maldives. The best part is that the visa on arrival is completely free of cost for Indian citizens.

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