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Woow, No Tourist Visa required on your trip to Maldives.

Citizens of United States of America do not require visas for travel to Maldives and as it is one of the visa exempt countries.


The Maldives is a popular tourist destination and visitors from many countries need a visa to enter the country. Maldives will soon launch an eVisa, allowing travelers to apply for a visa online for their upcoming visit.In this article, we will cover all the important information related to Maldives visas.

Do I need a visa for the Maldives?

Tourists don't need a visa for the Maldives. Visa on arrival is free for up to 30 days for all nationalities, while Russians and Indians can stay up to 90 days without a visa.

Types of visas available for the Maldives:

The Maldives offers free Tourist visa or Visa on Arrival for all foreign nationals with 30 days validity period. It can be extended up to 90 days, and fees are charged only for extensions.

  • Marriage Visa
  • Business visa
  • Work visa
  • Dependent visa
  • Student visa

Maldives visa requirements:

To apply for a visa to the Maldives, you will need the following:

  • A passport with a validity of at least 6 months
  • A return or onward ticket
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay
  • A completed visa application form

Validity of Maldives visas:

Maldives Tourist visa or Visa on Arrival is valid for 30 days, and it can be extended up to a maximum of 90 days.

How to obtain a Maldives visa on arrival:

Visitors from most countries can obtain a visa on arrival at the Maldives airport. You will need to complete an application form and pay the visa fee in cash. The visa on arrival is valid for a maximum stay of 30 days.

Extending a Maldives visa on arrival:

Travelers can extend their Maldives visa on arrival by submitting a Visa Extension Application Form to the Maldives Immigration in Male before the current visa expires. The maximum stay period in the Maldives is 90 days, so a 30-day visa can be extended for up to 60 additional days. 

The fee for an extension is Rufiyaa 750 if the total stay period exceeds 30 days, but no fee is required if the total stay period is less than 30 days. The Immigration will verify the applicant's financial means to cover the extended period of stay.

Explanation of the online Maldives visa application form:

The online visa application form for the Maldives requires you to enter personal information, passport details, travel itinerary, and accommodation details. You will also need to upload a copy of your passport photo page and pay the visa fee.

How to apply for a Maldives visa:

There are two ways to apply for a Maldives visa:

  1. Applying for a Maldives eVisa online
  2. Applying for a Maldives visa at an embassy or consulate

Applying for a Maldives eVisa online:

To apply for a Maldives eVisa online, visit the eVisa website and complete the online application form. 

  • Go to the eVisa website and fill out the online application form for the eVisa
  • Upload a digital copy of your passport and passport-size photo
  • Pay the visa fee using a credit/debit card
  • Receive the eVisa via email within 2-3 business days

Applying for a Maldives visa at an embassy or consulate:

To apply for a Maldives visa at an embassy or consulate, you will need to visit the embassy or consulate in person and provide all the necessary documents. 

  • Contact the nearest Maldives embassy or consulate to find out the specific visa requirements and application process.
  • Collect all the necessary documents for the visa application, including your passport, passport-sized photos, and any supporting documents required.
  • Submit the visa application and pay the required fee.
  • Wait for the visa application to be processed and approved by the embassy or consulate.
  • Collect the approved visa from the embassy or consulate, or have it mailed to you if that option is available.

Processing time for a Maldives visa:

The processing time for a Maldives visa depends on the type of visa and the method of application. eVisas are usually processed within 24-72 hours, while embassy or consulate visas may take several days or weeks.

Urgent Maldives visa applications:

If you need your visa urgently, you can request an expedited processing service for an additional fee. This service is available for both eVisas and embassy or consulate visas.

Expired Maldives visas:

If your Maldives visa has expired and you wish to stay longer, you must apply for an extension at the Maldives Immigration office.

Countries eligible for a Maldives eVisa:

Currently, the Maldives eVisa program is not available for any country. However, all foreign nationals can obtain a Maldives visa on arrival for stays of up to 30 days, free of charge.

Maldives Visa Policy Map


Eligible Countries/Nationalities for e-visa/visa on arrival

Countries/Nationalities Required Regular/Paper Visa for travelling to

Visa Exempt Countries/Nationalities for travelling to
Maldivian visa policy map.

Visa Exempt Countries List

Nationals of some countries are exempt from the visa requirement for the Maldives. However, it is still recommended to check with the eVisa website to ensure that you meet all other entry requirements.

Cost of a Maldives visa:

The Maldives visa fee is not a fixed amount and can vary depending on various factors such as the type of visa, processing time, and the applicant's nationality. To check the fee for your specific case, you can use the fee calculator tool provided on the above website. It is recommended to check the fee and proceed with the next steps accordingly.

Maldives eVisa or sticker visa:

Here's a list of key points about Maldives eVisa and sticker visa:

Maldives eVisa:

  • An electronic visa that allows visitors to apply for and receive a visa online before arriving in Maldives
  • Available for tourist, business, and medical purposes
  • Can be obtained by filling out an online application form and providing supporting documents
  • The visa is sent to the applicant via email, which they can print out and present upon arrival in Maldives
  • Valid for up to 90 days from the date of issue
  • Allows for a maximum stay of 30 days in Maldives
  • Requires a fee payment at the time of application

Maldives sticker visa:

  • A traditional visa that is issued as a physical sticker in the passport
  • Can be obtained upon arrival at Maldives airport or from a Maldives embassy or consulate
  • Available for tourist, business, and other purposes
  • Requires the applicant to provide supporting documents, such as a passport and a return ticket
  • Valid for up to 90 days from the date of issue
  • Allows for a maximum stay of 30 days in Maldives
  • Requires a fee payment at the time of application.

Maldives work visa:

If you plan to work in the Maldives, you will need a work visa. To obtain a work visa, you will need to have a job offer from a Maldivian employer and meet certain criteria. Work visas are issued for a period of up to one year.

Moving to the Maldives: what you need to know:

If you plan to move to the Maldives, you will need to obtain a residency permit. To qualify for a residency permit, you will need to have a job offer or own property in the country. You will also need to undergo a medical examination and provide proof of financial means to support yourself.

FAQs about Maldivian eVisa

 For long-stay, employment, or other visa inquiries, please reach out to the following embassies