New Passport Requirement for Entry into Maldives – Department of Immigration and Emigration of Maldives

February 6, 2016

We would like to bring to your kind attention that the Civil Aviation Authority of Maldives in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has issued an announcement stating that from 24th November 2015 onwards, all passengers arriving to the Maldives must be in the possession of a machine readable passport in-order to be allowed entrance into the destination.

The Department of Immigration and Emigration of Maldives will also be enforcing the new ruling and will not be accepting non-machine readable passports or hand written passports and has requested to communicate the new ruling to concerned parties.

Urgently note that passengers traveling on non-machine readable passports will NOT be accepted for entry into and  transit through Maldives.


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* Machine readable zone (MRZ) at the bottom of the page which contains mandatory identity elements (bearer’s personal & passport details) that is read by special readers at airports. All the information on the data page can also be read by the human eye.