All tourists must have a passport valid for a span of 6 months.
Visa upon arrival is up to 90 days, which is the maximum allowed stay after which the visitor must leave the country for 3 months.
If the initial visa is less than 90 days, it is possible to purchase extensions that can be done in one day if the application is submitted before 10 am. For this, a passport-type photo with a white background is required. Two extensions are allowed up to a maximum of 90 days.
The authorities may require proof of sufficient funds.
As a routine, it is normal for Immigration Officials to impound passports.
Vessels entering Maldivian ports must show an International quarantine signal until the Port Health completes all health formalities.
Any crew additions must be arranged in advance by an agent, otherwise any crew members arriving by plane to join the Maldives will be forced to leave the Maldives by plane (not by boat).
Even though the main port of entry is in the capital island Male', there are other Ports of Entry as well; such as Uligan in Haa Alifu Atoll and Gan in Addu Atoll. Uligan proves to be a popular port of entry, not only because of friendly and helpful officials, but in addition to this, it is known to be cheaper to enter Maldives via Uligan than Male'.
Stays of less than 48 hours:
Sailors may clear their yachts for a stay of up to 48 hours at the Port of Entry, however, an agent is required for an outward clearance in compliance with the current procedures. It is therefore easier and simpler to appoint an agent for the complete clearance process to save time and trouble for short stopovers.
There is a Customs Fee for inward and outward clearances and a minor entry fee to the Port Authority, however, a Clearance Permit fee is not charged.
Stays of more than 48 hours:
For stays of more than 48 hours, all vessels must appoint an agent within 48 hours of arrival.
Stays of less than 7 days:
If staying for less than 7 days, it is not necessary to purchase a Cruising Permit.
Staying 7 days or longer:
For stays longer than 7 days, a Cruising Permit is required which can be applied for and purchased within 5 working days. However, with an appointed agent the process becomes easier and can be made in advance. If not, the vessel will have to stay at the Port of Entry until the Cruising Permit is purchased.
The above fees apply only to Commercial Vessels.
In addition to the charter license fee, there is a bed tax of USD 8.00 per guest per night payable to Maldives Inland Revenue.
Cruising Permit (Tourism Fee)
The Cruising Permit refers to a Foreign Tourist Vessel 'cruising and harboring' in the Maldives. For stays of less than 7 days, a permit is not required. However, for more than 7 days, a permit must be applied for in advance or within 84 hours of clearing in.
Without a Cruising permit, vessels are not allowed to move or cruise to other ports. A clear copy of the ship's registration along with a crew list is required in order to apply for this permit.
Cost: US$325 (valid for 30 days)
For permit extensions, there is a charge of $25.
Payments are to be made to the Ministry of Tourism, located in the capital island Male', which can be settled through an Agent.
Once obtained, the permit will contain a list of the Atolls for which permission has been grated for visits. Yachts without a Cruising permit are liable to be fined a substantial amount.