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Maldives Passport & Visa Requirements

Visa Agencies

Avoid the stress and queues, get a visa agency to arrange your visa.


Travel Visa Pro, San Francisco, USA. (866) 378-1722 or www.TravelVisaPro.com

Travel Visa Pro in UK: +44 (0) 20 3743 3155 or www.travelvisapro.co.uk.


Entry requirements for Americans

US citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in the Maldives. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival (see note, below).

Entry requirements for UK nationals

British citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in the Maldives. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival (see note, below).

Entry requirements for Canada

Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in the Maldives. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival (see note, below).

Entry requirements for Australians

Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in the Maldives. A 30-day visa can be obtained on arrival (see note, below).

Entry requirements for South Africans

South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in the Maldives. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival (see note, below).

Entry requirements for New Zealanders

New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in the Maldives. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival (see note, below).

Entry requirements for Irish nationals

Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in the Maldives. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival (see note, below).

Passport/Visa Note

All foreign passengers to the Maldives must hold onward/return tickets, and the necessary travel documentation for their next destination. Furthermore, visitors entering the Maldives without a hotel reservation or a Maldivian sponsor must hold at least USD 30 per person per day, to cover their expenses while in the country. A disembarkation card must be filled in by every passenger, and submitted to the Immigration Officer upon entry into the Maldives. Nationals of most countries can obtain a tourist visa on arrival, for a maximum stay of 30 days. Australian citizens are issued the visa free of charge. Extensions of stay, to a maximum of 90 days from the date of the visitor's arrival in the Maldives, are possible, by paying a fee of MVR 750 to the Department of Immigration in Male, at least one day prior to the expiry date of the initial 30-day entry period. Note that a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter the Maldives, if arriving within six days of leaving or transiting through an infected area. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

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