Visa Requirement and Customs Information for the Maldives

Visa requirement in Maldives


You do not need to apply for a visa before you travel to the Maldives on holiday. All tourists, of all nationalities, can receive a 30 day visa free of charge on arrival in the Maldives.

No specific vaccinations are required to enter the Maldives. However, if you are arriving from a Central African of South American country where yellow fever is endemic you will require an international certificate of innoculation against yellow fever to enter Maldives.

Prohibited Items

It is prohibited for tourists to bring firearms, alcoholic beverages, pork products, pornography and idols of worship into the Maldives. Additionally, strict penalties apply to those attempting to bring illegal drugs into the country. Alcohol and pork products are only available on resort islands under a special license.


Most medication can be carried with you when entering the Maldives provided that you show a doctor’s prescription, and the amount you are carrying does not exceed your requirements for the duration of your stay in the Maldives. However, as regulations occasionally change, please check with the Customs Service that your medication is permitted in the Maldives.

Photography and Diving Equipment

If you are bringing in a lot of photographic or diving equipment it is advisable to inform your resort of the details prior to your arrival. Otherwise provide a list with details about the equipment (serial numbers and so forth), to avoid delay at the airport upon arrival. Any items left behind will be liable for import duty.