Update on the current situation in the Maldives: Administration Requests all Visitors to Abide by Local Laws
09 February 2018, Ref: 2018-42

The Administration urges all visitors to abide by local laws and regulations.

The request comes at a time when the Maldives Police Service has handed over two visitors to Maldives Immigration for not having the proper visa while working as journalists in the Maldives.

The two individuals included one British national and one Indian National who had entered the country under tourist visas but were working as journalists – in direct contravention of the Immigration Act as and other related regulations.

The Maldives Police Service has also requested that travellers to the Maldives respect Maldivian Law while urging all visitors to adhere to immigration guidelines and to visit the country under the proper, and relevant, visa corresponding to the purpose of their visit.

Maldives’ regulatory agencies are mandated by Law to enforce regulations and laws without favour or prejudice.

A number of foreign journalists currently work in the Maldives with the proper visa and the nation welcomes all others who wish to work as journalists to visit and stay in the country through the proper, lawful, channels.

Link to Maldives Police Service requests all foreign nationals to respect immigration guidelines.

Link to Maldives Immigrations' Media statement

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The President's Office
Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male' 20113
Republic of Maldives
Phone: (960) 332 3701 Fax: (960) 332 5500