FAQ about visa for Maldivians

We have provided a list of frequently asked questions and answers with regards to visa for the Kingdom of Thailand for Maldivians below. If you do not find the answers you are looking for please contact us and we will be happy to help you out.

Do Maldivians need to pay fee for Visa?

Maldivians visiting Thailand for tourism purpose are exempted from visa, and hence not required to pay visa fee. For visits not related to tourism, visa and visa fee are required, unless otherwise exempted by regulations.

I am a Maldivian national visiting Thailand for Tourism? Do I need a Visa and what are the documents to be submitted?

Maldivian nationals are exempted from requirements of a Visa, in respect of visits or stays made for the purpose of tourism, that does not exceed a period of thirty (30) days in Thailand, provided that you are in possession of a valid Passport/travel document and evidence of sufficient funds to support your stay, subject to relevant laws and regulations for granting such Visa free entry.

Please refer to section on Thai Tourist Visa for Maldivians for more information.

How is the Period of 30 days counted for Maldivians travelling on tourist purpose? Does this include any prior period of stay in Thailand? If so the period, whether 6 months or 12 months immediately preceding the date of your entry into Thailand.

Period of stay is determined by the Thai Immigration officer, who will stamp on the valid passport/travel document, indicating date of entry, which is considered the first day of the 30-day period. The stamp will also indicate the last day allowed to stay in Thailand.

I am a Maldivian national on a visit to Thailand for tourism and if I fall ill and unfit to travel back to Maldives, can I convert my Tourist Visa to Medical Visa and the accompanying person’s Tourist Visa to Medical Attendant Visa?

In general, Maldivians who enter Thailand under the 30-day visa-exemption scheme for the purpose of tourism are NOT eligible to apply for other types of Thai visas while in Thailand. However, if (s)he enters Thailand under the said scheme and unfortunately experiences sudden serious illness and is required to be hospitalized in Thailand, which is expected to exceed the length of stay permitted, (s)he may contact the Thai Immigration to request for the extension of stay by presenting relevant proof, including, among others, an original official medical report issued by the hospital, confirming the illness and expected period of medical treatment. For more details on the extension of stay, please visit https://www.immigration.go.th

Can a Maldivian national get Tourist Visa from Thai Honorary Consulate Office, Malé?

No. The Royal Thai Honorary Consulate in the Maldives has stopped issuing visa from June 2019 as from 14 April 2019 on wards, holders of valid passports or travel documents issued by the Republic of Maldives are eligible for visa exemption when entering Thailand for the purpose of tourism, and upon receiving permission to enter Thailand, will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 30 days.

Can a Maldivian national get Medical Visa in Thailand on arrival and the period therein?

No. Maldivians who wish to get a Medical Visa to Thailand must obtain the visa from the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo prior to travelling to Thailand. For more information about obtaining visa please click here or visit the web link http://www.thaiembassy.org/colombo/en/services/2113 on the website of the Royal Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo.

How can Maldivian nationals apply for Medical Visa / Medical Attendant Visa and the period therein?

The visa applicants who intend to visit Thailand for medical treatment may apply for a single-entry Tourist visa under the category “MT” (Medical Treatment) which would permit a 60-day period of stay; or apply for a single-entry Non-Immigrant visa under the category “O” which would permit a 90-day period of stay. To apply for either types of the said visas, the applicant must submit, among others, medical documents issued by medical hospitals in Thailand and the Maldives which confirms details of treatment, illness, and period of the intended stay. For more information on visa application and procedure, please visit the website link http://www.thaiembassy.org/colombo/en/services/2113 on the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo.

The visa applicant who wishes to accompany the holder of the single-entry Tourist visa under the category “MT” (Medical Treatment) is required to obtain a sing-entry Tourist visa. The visa applicant who wishes to accompany the holder of the single-entry Non-Immigrant visa under the category “O” is required to obtain the same type of visa (single-entry Non-Immigrant visa under the category “O”).

I am a Maldivian businessman travelling frequently to Thailand for meeting with my clients. Would it be possible for me to get a long-term multiple entry Business Visa to Thailand? What is the period?

Yes. For more information on visa application and procedure, please visit the website link http://www.thaiembassy.org/colombo/en/services/2113 on website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo.