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Incentives and costs

Incentives for foreign investors

  1. Right to 100% foreign ownership.
  2. Legally backed investment guarantee.
  3. Provision for overseas arbitration of disputes
  4. Long term contractual agreements and long term lease of land
  5. Freedom to use foreign managerial, technical and unskilled workers.
  6. No foreign exchange restrictions.
  7. No restrictions on the repatriations of earnings or profits.

* The application of some of the above incentives is subject to specific guidelines described elsewhere in this website

Cost of Doing Business

The following fees are to be paid to the Registrar of Companies at the time of incorporation of a Company in the Maldives.

  1. Annual fee USD 156 (approx)
  2. Stamp fee USD 39 (approx)
  3. Company registration fee; depends on the authorized registration fee capital of the Company (Minimum authorized capital of USD 156 [approx.] is required by Law)
  4. All foreign investments incur an administrative fee of USD 2,000.

Cost of re-registering a Company in the Maldives
Re-registering a Company resident overseas in the Maldives is free

Royalty on Foreign Investments

Foreign investments registered with the Invest Maldives are required to pay an annual royalty to the government, as per the following schedule:

Foreign investment entities whose ownership is at least 51 percent held by Maldivians or wholly owned Maldivian entities incorporated in the Maldives, are required to pay an annual royalty equivalent to 1.5 percent of Gross Turnover or 7.5 percent of Net Profit, whichever is greater.

OR

Foreign investment entities, in which, less than 51 percent of the ownership is held by Maldivians or wholly owned Maldivian entities incorporated in the Maldives, are required to pay an annual royalty equivalent to 3 percent of Gross Turnover or 15 percent of Net Profit, whichever is greater.

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