The Chinese Embassy in the Maldives has declared that the Agreement on Mutual Visa Exemption, signed by the Governments of China and the Maldives in 2022, is now in effect. As a result, Maldivians can travel to China visa-free for up to 30 days. The implementation of the agreement was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a tweet, the embassy clarified that Chinese citizens holding valid passports can enter the Maldives for up to 30 days without a visa for tourism, business, family visits, and transit purposes. However, those intending to work, settle, report news, or engage in other activities that require prior approval from the Maldivian authorities must complete the necessary procedures beforehand.
Direct flights between China and the Maldives were suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic. After a three-year hiatus, flights resumed in January 2023, providing tourists with a convenient means of transportation to the Maldives. This visa waiver agreement is expected to make it easier for tourists to visit the Maldives.