In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country interests in Maldives, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Maldives.
Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that the Maldives do not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:
NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Maldives, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.
Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends of the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there.
In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.
We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency.
Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizen residing abroad.
The Maldivian capital, Malé hosts 9 embassies.
There are also 13 consulates and three other representations in Maldives. All consulates and honorary consulates are located in Malé.
You will find below a list of selected countries (the list is not exhaustive) that have a diplomatic mission in Maldives. The list includes embassies, consulates, honorary consulates and sometimes other official representations for you to be able to get information and services.
Address: H. Nookurikeela, Dhunbugas Magu, Henveiru, Malé
Tel: (+960) 301 0635, (+960) 301 3082
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (Visa Inquiry)
Social Media: https://mobile.twitter.com/chinaembassy_mv
The consular section shares the same building and details as the embassy. Residence and Work permits, visa and emergency travel document (ETD).
Address: Lot No. 11499 N1 56(E), Hithigas Magu, Goalhi - 4 Hulhumale Phase-I
Tel: (+960) 400 4198
Social Media: https://twitter.com/HCIMaldives
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday: 09:30-13:00 and 13:30-17:30
The Indian embassy provides a range of consular services such as visa and passport services, as well as document legalization, attestations, birth certificates, driving licence certificate, police clearance certificate, fees for services, renunciation of Indian Citizenship and Surrender of Indian Passport.
Address: 5th and 8th Floor, Aagé Building, 12 Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Henveiru, Malé, 20094
Tel: (+960) 330 0065
Social Media: https://twitter.com/JapaninMaldives
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday: 08:15-12:30 and 13:30-17:00
The Japanese embassy provides consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization.
The British embassy provides consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization, notarial and documentary services, etc.
Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.
For countries with no consulates or embassies in Malé, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in other country, often in India or Sri Lanka.