Maldives Visa Stamp in Passport

Maldives Travel Guide – What Are the Visa Requirements?

This post was last updated on February 1st, 2020 at 02:47 pm

In addition to arranging some vaccinations, it is important to arrange your visa for the Maldives. In some countries you can do that at the border as well as in your home country. We recommend that you arrange your visa in your home country. Nowadays this is easy and fast and you also prevent unpleasant surprises in the destination country!


Visa for the Maldives

Maldives grants visa-free or visa-on-arrival status to all nations of the world except Indian and Bruneian citizens for 30 days, and a 60 days extension is available for a fee of 700 MVR (about US $45).


Your passport must be valid until the day you leave the Maldives. Because you can get a visa at the border, it has little added value to arrange a visa online.


Maldives Visa Requirements

If you want to go to the Maldives, you do not need to apply for a Maldives visa. You get a 30 day visa for free. In order to get the visa you will need the following;


  • A passport valid for 6 months on departure from the Maldives;
  • A blank page in your passport (for a stamp);
  • A hotel reservation;
  • A return ticket or ticket to another destination (IMPORTANT!);
  • Be in possession of the required documents/papers for the next destination.


TIP – Visa requirements can always change. Therefore, always be well informed so that you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises.


Maldives Visa Extension

To extend your visa you have to go to the immigration office in Malé (not at the airport!). Also note that this must be done within 29 days! On the 30th day you will be too late and you can no longer extend your visa.


You must fill in a form at the immigration office. You must arrive at the immigration office before 12:00. Requests that arrive after 12:00 will no longer be processed.


TIP – Extending your visa costs 700 MVR (around $45).


This is only for a tourist visa. You cannot work in the Maldives with a tourist visa. This is even prohibited. For a work visa, we recommend contacting the Immigration Service of the Maldives.


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