Visa Policys

A valid passport, along with an onward/return ticket and sufficient funds, is required for entry.

The Department of Immigration and Emigration routinely approves requests for extension of stays up to 90 days for travelers who present evidence of sufficient funds and who stay in a resort or hotel or present a letter from a local sponsor. Anyone staying more than 60 days without proper authorization faces heavy fines and deportation.

Arrival by private boat: Travelers arriving by private yacht or boat are granted no-cost visas, usually valid until the expected date of departure. Vessels anchoring in atolls other than Malé must have prior clearance through agents in Malé. Maldivian customs, police, and/or representatives of Maldivian immigration will meet all vessels regardless of where they anchor. Vessels arriving with a dog on board will be permitted anchorage, but the dog will not be allowed off the vessel. Any firearms or ammunition on board will be held for bond until the vessel’s departure.

  • Should possess a valid passport with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ)
  • Should have at least 6 months validity
  • Have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives
  • Confirmation of reservation in a Tourist Resort or a Hotel
  • Have enough funds to cover the expenses for duration of the stay in Maldives. (US$100 + $50 dollars per day)