Maldives Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

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To enter the Maldives, a passport valid for six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.


Tourist visas for 30 days are issued on arrival only and are free of charge to all visitors in possession of a passport with at least one month validity.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the high commission/embassy for visa requirements for the Maldives.

Visa note

Foreign visitors who enter the Maldives must be in possession of return or onward tickets and a minimum of US$100 and US$50 per person per day or have a confirmed hotel reservation for the intended period of stay in the Maldives.

You can extend tourist visas up to 90 days (including the initial 30 days granted on arrival) by applying to the immigration department.

Types and cost

Visa on arrival: free.


Visa on arrival: 30 days.

Application to

Visas are issued on arrival at the immigration desk at Malé International Airport.

Temporary residence

Work visas are issued for up to 90 days and require a valid employment approval. An application has to be made to the immigration department.

Sufficient funds

Visitors have to have enough funds to cover the expenses for the duration of their stay (US$100 and US$50 per person per day).

Extension of stay

Visa extensions are available for a fee of MRF700 for 60 days.

Entry with pets

It is illegal to bring dogs into the Maldives. Other pets must have a valid veterinary certificate. Rabies vaccination for cats is required at least 30 days prior to entering the country. Other vaccinations may be required depending on the country you are travelling from.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in Sri Lanka

There is no British High Commission in Maldives. The British High Commission in Sri Lanka is responsible for developing and maintaining relations between the United Kingdom and Maldives.

Telephone: +94 11 5390 639. Website: Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0800-1630; Fri 0800-1300. Consular Section: Mon-Thurs 0800-1200.
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations in the USA
Telephone: +1 212 599 6194 or +1 212 599 6195. Website:
High Commission of the Republic of Maldives in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7224 2135. Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1630.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.