Frequently Asked Questions


1. Do I need to apply for a visa to visit Maldives on a holiday?                                                                            

You do not need to apply for a tourist visa. All tourists are issued up to 30-day visa for free at the airport on your arrival in Maldives. You’ll simply need to ensure the following requirements are fulfilled.

1. Your passport should be valid with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) and should have at least 6 months validity on the date of arrival.
2. Have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives.
3. Have enough funds to cover the expenses for duration of the stay in Maldives. (US$100 + $50 dollars per day) or a confirmation of reservation in a Tourist Resort or a Hotel.

Please refer to ‘Entry to Maldives’ of Maldives Immigration website for more details. 

If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

2. Can I use a drone to take pictures and videos during my trip to Maldives?

To import drones to the Maldives, no prior permission from the Maldives Customs Service is required if the following conditions are met:

1. It is brought for personal use only.
2. Drones and other equipment’s combine value is less or equal to USD 3000 (more details below)
3. It is not to be used in Male City or other restricted areas. (Special permission is required if the drone to use drones in capital Male’.)

As a general rule, because drone use can infringe on the privacy and comfort of other guests, kindly obtain guidance and permission from the resort or local guesthouse before taking pictures and videos using drones on their premises.

For smooth customs and clearance, please take special care to make sure the items are consigned under the name of the individual carrying the items. If the items are consigned under a company’s name and is not within the personal use criteria, then the items will be considered to be imported for commercial purpose and normal import declaration process will apply.

For additional information regarding tax and duty, please consult Maldives Customs Services website


3. I have traveled to countries with a yellow fever alert. Do I need proof of vaccination for my trip to Maldives?

If you have visited countries with yellow fever alert in the past one month, or if you plan to visit one before you arrive in Maldives, you may be asked to show your vaccination record.
If you have been living in Japan you do not require a vaccine.

4. Will I be restricted from entering Maldives for a holiday if I have a record of past offenses or was rejected visa to another country?

In general, having a record of minor past offenses or being rejected visa to another country does not disallow you from entering Maldives as long as you fulfill the visa requirements (see Question 1).

If you are in doubt about any travel restrictions you may write to Maldives Immigration at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (in English) together with your passport details to check if there are any outstanding travel restrictions. You may also contact the Embassy if you need further assistance.