Before you leave

Check out our travel tips for the Maldives for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.

See moving or retire abroad.


You should follow the advice of the Maldivian government and your local authority. You can also read our Maldives travel tips for our latest tips.

For more information on getting a COVID-19 vaccine as a UK national in the Maldives, see our coronavirus travel tips.

Visas and residency

See the Maldives entry requirements in our travel tips.

Visa on arrival service continues normally for all tourist arrivals, but the traveler’s health declaration is an additional requirement, which must be submitted online through IMUGA within 24 hours of departure. However, if a UK national intends to work in the Maldives, you will need to obtain a work permit prior to your arrival.

For more information and advice on entry requirements, you should contact the High Commission for the Republic of Maldives in the UK or Maldives Immigration.

Passports and travel


Health care

The Maldives and the UK do not have reciprocal health care agreements.

You need to make sure that you have adequate medical insurance, as free medical care is usually not available to foreigners, and hospital costs in private hospitals can be very high. Medical facilities are limited. There are only a handful of fully equipped hospitals on the capital island, Male, and in Hulhumale. Most resorts have in-house medical facilities that can provide basic medical care.

You must purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance before entering the country.

You should promptly contact your insurance / medical assistance company if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

You should check that your prescriptions are legal in the Maldives.

Births, deaths and marriages

See declaring a birth abroad.

If someone dies in the Maldives, you can:

Find out how to get married abroad.

For notary and documentary services for UK nationals in the Maldives, see our list of lawyers.

Emergency room

You can call the British High Commission 24/7 on +94 11 5390639 and choose option 2 for consular assistance from the caller menu or use our online contact form for consular requests.


This information is provided as a guide and is based on information provided to the Embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice.

The FCDO and the British High Commission will not be responsible for any inaccuracies in this information. UK nationals wishing to obtain further information should contact the relevant local authority.