Regarding the changes to the Sri Lankan Tourist Visa

Ref: 2024/PR/115

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives wishes to clarify recent changes to Sri Lanka's tourist visa scheme. 

Following the announcement of a new e-visa system in Sri Lanka, the Ministry has been engaged in discussions with Sri Lankan counterparts to ensure a smooth transition for Maldivian travellers.

The current procedure allows Maldivians to obtain a free 30-day tourist visa upon arrival in Sri Lanka. For stays exceeding 30 days, Maldivians can apply for a free 6-month visa online at This visa incurs an administrative fee. 

For those Maldivians who are already in Sri Lanka and  require a visa extension may contact the Maldives High Commission in Colombo. 

The Ministry is committed to establishing a visa process that reflects the current visa agreement between the Maldives and Sri Lanka and ensures reciprocity for Maldivian travellers. Discussions with Sri Lankan authorities are ongoing to address any remaining concerns.

Maldivians planning to visit Sri Lanka may contact the Ministry for any further assistance.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fathulla Jameel Building, Malé, 20077, Republic of Maldives, | Tel Number: 00960 332-3400  |  Emergency Contact: 00960 798-3400