Do You Need a Passport to Travel to the Maldives?

Published by Travel Visa Pro on Fri Dec 17 2021

The Maldives is an archipelagic country in the Indian subcontinent of Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean. While the national language in the Maldives is Dhivehi, most Maldivians can speak English fluently. Many staffs at Maldivian resorts can speak French, German, Mandarin, and many other international languages.

Do You Need a Passport to Travel to the Maldives?

US citizens need a valid passport for a minimum of six months from the date that they decide to leave the Maldives. Your passport must have adequate unused visa pages to allow for entry and exit stamps upon arrival and departure from the Maldives. It is important to know that amendment pages in the back of your passport are not to be used for entry and exit stamps or visa issuance.

Do You Need a Visa to the Maldives?

For US citizens, a valid passport, along with an onward /return ticket and sufficient funds is required for entry. A no-cost visitor visa valid for 30 days is issued upon arrival. The visa can be renewed if you apply before the expiration of the initial visa. The renewal fee is 700 Rufiyaa which is equivalent to $50. Working beyond the 30 days visa is also possible. Travelers who wish to engage in employment must obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Human Resources Employment and Labor before arriving in the Maldives.

Covid 19 Protocol

Visitors coming into Maldives must present a certificate of negative PCR test carried out within 96 hours before departure, clearly showing the name and address of the laboratory, as well as the date of the sample taken, regardless of their vaccination status.
The results need to be attached to the Traveler Health Declaration form, which must be submitted online within 24 hours before arrival. Visitors are asked to download the national contact tracing app. TraceEkee, and use it during the journey. For more information, visit:

What Currency does Maldives Use?

The currency in the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa and its non-convertible, so it cannot be purchased in advance. The currency is available in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 20, and 5 Rufiyaa notes. You can carry the US dollar and can be used within the Maldives. You can also exchange the currency at the airport at the bank of Maldives Foreign Exchange counter, which is the only dedicated foreign exchange counter.

Will My Phone Work In Maldives?

The local cellular network uses GSM phones only (no CDMA, I.E Verizon network). If you have an unlocked GSM phone, it will most likely work in the Maldives. You will need to buy a local Sim Card. The cellular phone carrier in the Maldives is Dhiraagu Telecommunications. If you do not own a GSM phone, you can purchase one at the Dhiraagu store. Your passport is required to purchase a sim card.