India and Maldives, on February 12, 2019, exchanged Diplomatic Notes for implementation of the Visa Facilitation Agreement which was signed during the State Visit of President Ibrahim Solih to India on December 17, 2018.
This exchange of Diplomatic Notes follows signature of the Agreement by the President of India after the Union Cabinet had given its approval.
The Agreement will be effective from March 11, 2019 after all formalities including information being provided to all Immigration Offices, Border points and Customs Authorities have been completed.
This Agreement provides a very liberal visa regime for Maldivian nationals to visit India for tourism, business, education & medical purposes. It also makes it easier for Indians to travel to Maldives for business purposes.
This Agreement will facilitate greater people to people contacts which was one of the decisions taken during the high level meeting between Prime Minister of India and the President of the Republic of Maldives.
February 12, 2019