Maldives (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

The Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Maldives issued a Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations on 27 July 1994, thereby formally establishing diplomatic relations. In the absence of residential diplomatic missions on each other's territory, bilateral relations are conducted through the South African High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka on a non-residential basis. South Africa has an Honorary Consulate in Maldives and Maldives is in the process of establishing an Honorary Consulate in Durban.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Maldives

The South African High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is accredited to Maldives:

H E Ms R P Marks
High Commissioner

South African High Commission

(SAST +3,5 hours)

Honorary Consulate

Mr. Mohamed Ali Manik, H. Nereen, 2nd Floor, Majeedhee Magu, Malé 20042, MALDIVES
Tel: +960-3337792 Fax: +960-3324216 E-mail:

Maldives Representation in South Africa

Honorary Consulate

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Maldives in Durban


Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

To enter Maldives no pre-arrival visa is required. A thirty day free visa is issued on arrival for all Nationalities, provided the following conditions are met: 1) Should possess a valid passport;  2) Have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives;  3) Have enough funds to cover the expenses for duration of the stay in Maldives. (US$100 + $50 dollars per day) or a confirmation of reservation in a Tourist Resort or a Hotel.

Health Requirements

The health requirements for visitors to the Maldives are minimal. Foremost health requirement is a valid Cholera and Yellow Fever vaccination certificate if you have recently visited or come from a country where the diseases are endemic. Some precautions against mosquito bites are advisable.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Maldives has a tropical climate, with two monsoons. The rainy south-west monsoon starts during April and lasts until October, while the generally less rainy north-east monsoon occurs from December to March. The average temperature for Maldives ranges from 25.7 degrees C to 30.7 degrees C.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Maldives Rufiya (MRf).

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Maldives, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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