Visa on arrival for Maldives was a simple affair for me. I love the countries that give me a visa on arrival. As of now I have visited a few nations which give visa on arrival. I have been to Hong Kong, Thailand, Bhutan and Maldives. Next, I also love the countries that give me electronic visa like Sri Lanka. You apply online, get approval online and then go to the country and exit easily.
This post is about my experience of Maldives visa on arrival from India. I am quite alright with many things on a trip. I do not care much about food, as long as it is edible and vegetarian. I am fine with rooms as long as they are clean. I am fine with transport as long as I am not hassled. But one thing I am not good at- waiting for visas. My South Africa visa came on the last possible day, my Finland visa came on the last possible day, my Malaysia visa came on the last possible day, actually a lot of them came on the last possible day. While I am waiting I do not know whether I should pack or nor. I anyway do not like to pack, so while I am waiting for the visa, I have all the more reason not to pack! Then at the last possible moment the visa arrives and I am now harried in another way! I also end up taking leaves to apply for a visa. I save up on leaves if I visit the countries which have visa on arrival like Maldives. Before such trips I can pack when I want, there is no uncertainty involved.
Maldives not only gives visa on arrival to Indian citizens (and many others) for thirty days, it is also free of cost. While I have not traveled to USA, for my various UK visits there were retina scans and finger printing (after 2007) and that means always appearing in person! No such issues with those lovely countries that give me visa on arrival.
When my Spicejet flight landed at Male Airport (which is on a separate island than Male City) we joined a queue at immigration. It was long because a jet of Singapore Airlines landed before and their passengers were ahead in the queue. My line felt to be the slowest. The immigration website of the Maldives Government lists all the documents to get a visa on arrival. With valid passport, return tickets, hotel reservation and proof of funds it is a fairly easy list. They don’t even ask for a photograph. Visa on arrival for Maldives is given free of cost! When my nephew and I finally arrived at the counter they did take some time to look through my passport, probably checking every stamp that I have. But they did not ask for a single document from me. This could also be because I was holding a thick bunch of papers, ready to produce anything they needed. I have heard from people that they can get finicky about hotel reservations. Soon, our passports were stamped and we were on our way, to the luggage belts! The luggage has arrived by this time.
I also heard about islanders not picking you up from the airport on time. I was really wondering if it would happen to us. I was lucky the representative of the Picinic Inn, Maafushi was right there, waiting for us. The good person even suggested me where to go and buy a sim card. By the time I got my sim card other guests of the hotel were also there. All we had to do was to hop into the waiting speedboat and head to Maafushi. Visa on arrival for Maldives in the end was a breeze.
16 thoughts on “Visa on Arrival for Maldvies”
Yes! Visa at the last moment actually is a hassle.. one prepares half heartedly..
Bali also has visa on arrival while I was denied visa for Oslo on my due date and then had to rework the whole plan.
I am surprised that they denied you visa. Bali’s gain I will say! 😀
Yes, visa is a big travel hindrance. In fact, it’s the only aspect that bugs me about international travel. Sometimes, a visa is delayed for no good reason. After reading your post, I’m motivated to visit ‘visa on arrival’ countries. 🙂
My plan is the same Renuka, to go to VOA countries first.
Your experiences are guidelines for many! At many points, I was surprised to know if something is like this! Very nice post!
Yes Sindhu there are quite a few countries where we can avail visa on arrival.
yes that was the best part of maldives..visa on arrival… i usually get worried when i have to apply for visa…and till the time it arrives i am all confused..
THat is good, I wish more countries did that , give visa on arrival..
although since I have a british passport i dont find a problem in many places ..
With a British passport you need not worry 😀
Visited Thailand, Iran, West Indies on V.O.A and it is hassle free.
OK so Iran and West Indies are also VOA, I didn’t know that. Thailand I too have been and used VOA.
I have jotted down the list of countries offering VOA for Indians , it helps me plan my impromptu trip.
Hope it helps you too 🙂
Thanks for sharing the links.
Whenever I see a VOA option, sometimes it makes me want to travel to that particular country just because its got that facility.. Such a hassle free procedure.
Same here Niranjan.