No visa needed from mid-October for Maldivians travelling to India

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Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid said that India has agreed to resume the 2018 Dec Visa Exemption Agreement between the two countries, under which no visa will be required for Maldivians travelling to India. The 2018 Dec Visa Exemption Agreement between the Maldives and India was temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 border closure.

Taking to Twitter, Shahid informed that from mid-October the Maldivian nationals will be exempt from visa requirements for tourists, medical and business purposes. “Delighted that India has agreed to resume the 2018 Dec Visa Exemption Agreement between the Maldives & 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,” Shahid tweeted.

He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for considering the request to resume the agreement. The High Commission of India in the Maldives also took Twitter and said that no visa will be required from mid-October for Maldivians travelling to India.

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