Maldives Visa for Indians - On Arrival Tourist Visa Information

When travelling to Maldives, Indian citizens do not require a pre-arrival visa. Maldives has a visa on arrival for Indian citizens. The visa is issued free of cost. Some valid travel documents must be submitted to clear immigration upon arrival in the Maldives. On-arrival tourist visa in the Maldives for Indians is valid for 30 days from the day of arrival which can be extended up to 90 days.

Tourist Visa Stay Period - 30 days
Type of entry - Single Entry
Visa Fees - Free
Extension Available - Up to 60 days

What is the Procedure to Get Maldives Visa for Indians?

A Maldives tourist visa for Indians is issued on arrival at the airport by the immigration officials. The procedure is hassle-free and quite simple.
  • A Maldives Tourist Form will be handed over that you need to fill with all the authentic details. The airlines also generally provide this form, which you can fill out before landing to save time.
  • After filling out the form, you are required to submit a set of valid documents as demanded by the government procedure.
  • This is followed by a short interview where the Immigration officer asks some questions.

What Documents are Required to Get on-Arrival Tourist Visa in Maldives?

  1. Original passport valid for more than 6 months, post the date of your journey. The passport must have a minimum of 3 blank pages. Also, carry all old passports, if any.
  2. Two passport size recent coloured photographs that are 35mm in width and 44mm in length. The face should be clearly visible.
  3. Proof of accommodation (hotel bookings or any other chosen accommodation)
  4. A confirmed return or onward ticket from the Maldives.  
  5. Sufficient funds to last the intended period of stay in Maldives (approx USD 50 per day)
  6. Traveller health declaration needs to be filled out and submitted within 72 hours of the flight time.

What is the Visa Cost for Maldives?

Tourist visa issued on arrival for 30 days' time is absolutely free of charge. A fee of INR 3350 (or MVR 750) is to be paid in case of an extension of the visa for 90 days.

How Can I Extend My Tourist Visa in Maldives?

If you wish to extend your trip and stay a bit longer, then you can apply for the extension of your Tourist Visa. You need to visit the Head Office, fill out the Visa Extension Application Form and pay the applicable fee. The officials will again examine your funds for the number of days stated and grant you a maximum extension of 60 more days. Make sure that you complete the procedure of filling the renewal application at least two days before your visa expires.

Cancellation of Visa

The following actions can lead to immediate termination of a Tourist Visa:
  1. The documents submitted are not authentic or state false information.
  2. If the person is suspected of having inappropriate intentions to indulge in violence or any unlawful activity
  3. When interviewed by the officer, if the person is found to have strong anti-semantic religious or political views.
  4. If the person engages in any means of employment on a tourist permit.
  5. If a case of public nuisance or disruption of harmony is registered.
  6. If the person is staying beyond the duration permitted by the authorities.

Tips

  • The immigration line is quite long most of the time. To avoid that, make sure to fill out the immigration form before landing (mostly offered in flight) and exit the plane quickly.
  • Maldives airport is quite small. There is only 1 passage to follow. Counters of each resort are placed. Just go to them and they will guide you with further speedboat or seaplane transfer. 
  • Domestic flights and speedboats are available at Male airport for the onward journey to the other islands
  • Water Airport for seaplanes is on the other side of the Male Airport. Shuttle buses are available to take you to the water airport
Wherever you go, make sure you have your passport and visa at all times. With all the necessary facts you can now head off to the angelic archipelago of Maldives. Hit the beaches, bask in the sun, surf in the tides, and create memories to cherish forever.

This post was published by Sonali Garg

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