Foreigners arriving for employment require prior permission

In regard with the declaration of Public Health Emergency on 12th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Maldives, Director General of Public Health made further decisions as a precautionary measure to battle the pandemic.

As such, Director General of Public Health ordered to quarantine all the passengers travelling to Maldives by air, for a period of 14 (fourteen) days, except for tourists checking-in to resorts (Health Protection Agency notice 19/2020, 21st March 2020).

Hence during this period, all foreigners arriving for employment, including new Employment Approval holders and existing Work Visa holders, are advised not to travel to Maldives without prior written permission from the Ministry of Economic Development. In addition, failing to comply with the notice will result in denial of entry.