As a precautionary measure to stop the spread of Covid-19, government offices have been closed from 19th March 2020, therefore visa services were halted from then. However, as there is a huge need for the service and to avoid the hassle when the government resumes work, Maldives Immigration will continue the visa extension services from 12th April 2020 (Sunday).
Applications for work visa extensions could be submitted from 9am to 1pm (Sunday to Thursday) via Xpat Online System, and appointments for passport submission could be fixed from 9:10am to 12noon. It is advised to practice physical distancing as per the guideline of Health Protection Agency, when attending Maldives Immigration for passport submission and collection.
Applications for other visas shall be submitted online, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the documents are processed, appointment details for passport submission will be informed through email. It is advised to be alert on appointment and to attend accordingly.
Tourist visa and business visa holders are not required to extend the visa for departure process, when the scheduled flights resume operation, or when there is any facilitation for them to travel back to their country. However, it is required to submit the ‘Application for Emergency Departure’ form (IM34) to the immigration departure counter, after checking-in to board the flight. Additionally, this will be applicable if the visa expired after 19th March 2020.
Further assistance and information regarding this will be provided via 9199153 (Work Visa Hotline) and 9199157 (Permits Hotline).