Visa Pol­icy

Southasia - - Briefing -

The Mal­di­vian government has agreed to re­lax its visa pol­icy for its ci­ti­zens vis­it­ing In­dia. The In­dian High Com­mis­sion in Male had ear­lier ad­vised its ci­ti­zens to ob­tain a tourist visa be­fore ar­riv­ing in In­dia. Peo­ple from the Mal­dives were fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties as they once en­joyed free on ar­rival visa pol­icy but In­dia re­cently made al­ter­ations in its guide­lines. Ac­cord­ing to the In­dian High Com­mis­sion, the In­dian government has slightly changed the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the agree­ment signed be­tween In­dia and the Mal­dives in 1979 to grant 90 days free visa on ar­rival.

In ad­di­tion, is­sues such as in­suf­fi­cient visa re­quire­ments, over­stay and ex­ces­sive fine on visa breaches are com- mon. In­dian of­fi­cials be­lieve that changes in the fee struc­ture will also bring some re­lief to the In­di­ans who have to pay a fine of MVR15,000 for over­stay­ing in the Mal­dives. The au­thor­i­ties in the Mal­dives have in­formed em­ploy­ers not to seize the pass­ports of In­dian ex­pa­tri­ates while the Mal­dives For­eign Min­istry will re­solve the is­sues in ob­tain­ing visas for de­pen­dents. The de­ci­sion to re­lax the visa pol­icy comes at a time when In­dia and the Mal­dives are hav­ing a row over the former oust­ing In­dia’s GMR In­fra­struc­ture from con­struct­ing the Male In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion, In­dia halted trade ties with the Mal­dives. The de­ci­sion to ease visa poli­cies is ex­pected to bring the tem­per­a­tures down be­tween the two

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