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Frequently asked questions

How long can I stay in the Maldives?
On arrival you will be issued a 30 day permit to stay.

What should I do if I want to extend my stay?
You will need to obtain a “Visa Extension Form” from the Department of Immigration and Emigration and submit it to the Department before your current permit to stay is overdue. You might have to prove your financial status.

Can I travel to Maldives as a tourist and get employed in the Maldives?
No. A tourist will not be switched to a resident who is permitted to work. Resident permits are issued to expatriates who enter into the Maldives with Work Permits.

How do I get a Resident Permit to work in the Maldives?
Obtain a copy of the Work Permit, issued by the Ministry of Higher Education, Employment and Social Security, from your employer before you leave China.

How can I check whether the Work Permit I have is valid?
Fax or bring a copy of the Work Permit you have to us and we will check the authenticity of the Permit from the concerned authority in the Maldives. After checking the authenticity we will “Attest” the copy depending on the response from the Maldivian authorities.

Can I marry a Maldivian while I am in the Maldives?
No. Your intention to get married to a Maldivian must be submitted in writing to the Department of Immigration and Emigration before your arrival in the Maldives. You may send a fax to +960 332 1100). If you wish, the Embassy can forward the letter for you.

What do I do if I am already in the Maldives?
You have to travel out of Maldives and send a letter to the Department of Immigration and Emigration, mentioning your intention and re-enter to Maldives. If you wish, the Embassy can forward the letter for you.

Can I use credit cards in the Maldives?
Yes. Most cards such as American Express, Visa, Master Card, Diners Club are widely accepted by all resorts, hotels and souvenir shops.

What do I do if I fall sick in the Maldives?
There are 02 hospitals in the capital city, Malé. They are Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and ADK Hospital. Any taxi driver can take you to one of those hospitals. All the doctors can communicate in English.

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