Maldives Immigration starts complying with standard ICAO Annex 9, chapter 3.10.1. ( Maldives will only accept standard Machine Readable Passports. )

How do I do that, if I am already in Maldives?

You have to go out of Maldives, and send a letter to the immigration, mentioning your intention and re-enter.


Can I marry a Maldivian while in Male' and apply for a Marriage Visa?

No, your intention to get married to a Maldivian should be submitted in writing to Immigration before your arrival in Maldives. (A fax to 960-321100 would do).


How can I check myself that the Employment Approval (EA) I have received from my Employer is valid?

Send a mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , specifying the passport details and the Employment Approval details, requesting to verify your Employment Approval. You will be replied within 24 hours giving the verification for your Employment Approval.


How do I assure myself that I will be given a Resident Permit to work in Maldives?

Make sure that you receive a copy of the Work Permit, issued by the Ministry of Employment and Labour, from your employer before you leave your home country.


Can I go as a Tourist and get employed in Maldives?

No, a tourist will not be switched to a Work Visa to work. Work Visa is issued to expatriates who enter Maldives with a Employment Approval (EA).


How long can I stay in Maldives?

Normally on a single entry, you can stay up to 90 days. This is subject to conditions, read the relevant section.


What should I do, if I need to extend my Visa?

You have to submit a Visa Extension form to the Immigration Head Office before the expiry of your current visa. Again you might have to prove your financial status for the duration of stay.


Do I need a visa before I arrive in Maldives, if I am visiting as a Tourist?

No, you will be granted a free entry visa on arrival. Depending on your financial status, you can apply for maximum thirty days.


Maldives Immigration | Republic of Maldives.
Tel: (960)333 0444, (960)333 0430 Fax: (960) 332 0011, Email:
First Floor, Velaanage, Ameer Ahmed Magu, Malé