India Lifts Travel Restrictions and Resume Visa-Free Travel to India for Maldivian Nationals

PUBLISHED October 11, 2021 | updated October 11, 2021 02:22

The Government of India has lifted COVID-19 restrictions set on Maldivians who wishes to travel to India for medical, business and tourism purposes effective from October 15, 2021. 

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the decision will fully restore the Visa Facilitation Agreement signed between Maldives and India during the State Visit by His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to India in December 2018, to facilitate easier travel between both countries. 

Maldives is the first beneficiary of visa-free travel since COVID-19 travel restrictions were imposed by India in March 2020. 

In a tweet, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said, “Delighted that India has agreed to resume the 2018 December Visa Exemption Agreement between Maldives and India, which was temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 border closure. From 15 Oct 2021, Maldivian Nationals will be exempt of visa requirements for tourists, medical & business purposes.” 

India has been among the first to extend support during this pandemic, as it has with every crisis Maldives has faced, through the many gestures of goodwill, humanitarian assistance, and friendship. 



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