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  • Do FAM trip participants require a business visa? Can a business visa be obtained for multiple-entry visits??
    Yes, FAM trip participants are required to obtain a business visa. Yes, a Business Visa is granted for multiple-entry visits within the allowed period. A Business Visa is generally granted for a period of 90 days with options to extend it for a maximum period of 270 days. It can be extended with a charge of 750 MVR, and the visa expiry date will be decided by Maldives Immigration.
  • Are there any sandbanks that are privatized? Furthermore, can sandbanks be privatized??
    Yes (subject to conditions). Additionally, due to the enactment of the Eighth Amendment to the Maldives Tourism Act (Law Number; 2/99), the government published a List of Islands and Lagoons (“List”) to be leased for tourism development. Hence, detailed proposal in accordance with the Regulation Number 2016/R-69 (Submission of Proposals for Leasing Islands, Plot of Land and Lagoons for Tourism Purpose) for the islands, sandbanks or lagoons published on the list can be submitted and leased after the evaluation process. Therefore there are possibilities of sandbanks being leased and it might be leased to a lessee of a resort nearby. As per the clause 13 (a) of the Regulation No.2012/R-7 (Boundary Regulation), dry lands (sand bank) with in the same lagoon as the resort can be allocated as a part of the leased resort.
  • Can fisherman fish in the resort reef? What are the rules for fisherman to fish near the house reef and who do we report to when there is a dispute??
    Commercial and recreational fisheries of any kind conducted in resort house reefs are not allowed. Clause 14 (b) of the Regulation No.2012/R-7 (Tourism Boundary Regulation) states that fishing is prohibited within the lagoon areas determined under the regulation for resorts and islands leased for development of resorts. Clause 6 of the Regulation No.2012/R-7 (Boundary Regulation), states that in addition to the boundary of the island leased for resort development, an additional area of 300 meters surrounding water from the house reef of the island to offshore is “Exclusive zone” for the resort. Neither development nor fishing shall be undertaken within the Exclusive zone and anchoring of vessels/ fishing boats in this zone is prohibited. In case of a dispute, the immediate action to take is to contact the Maldives Police Service to resolve the issue. Furthermore a report should be filed with both the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Environment and Energy / Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Can external recreational divers and snorkelers dive / snorkel to the resort house reef without the consent of the respective property? who do we report to when there is a dispute?
    No. Prior-consent should be obtained from the respective property. In case of a dispute, the immediate action to take is to contact the Maldives Police Service to resolve the issue. Furthermore a report should be filed with the Ministry of Tourism regarding the incident. Important note for future consideration: Clause 2 of the regulation No.2014/R-18 (First Amendment to Regulation Boundary Regulation) states that any tourist attractions areas/ sites such as diving or snorkeling sites within the resort boundary shall be excluded from the lagoon areas determined under the regulation as the boundary of the resort. Although the clause further states that tourists attractions areas/ sites such as diving or snorkeling needs to be listed  and a policy on how to utilize such areas shall be made by the Ministry of Tourism and published. Neither diving /snorkeling sites nor a policy on how to utilize such areas is published yet by the Ministry.
  • Can liveaboards and private charters utilize surf breaks of resort house reefs for their guests, without the prior consent of the respective property? who do we report to when there is a dispute?
    No. Prior-consent should be obtained from the respective property. In case of a dispute, the immediate action to take is to contact the Maldives Police Service to resolve the issue. Furthermore a report should be filed with the Ministry of Tourism regarding the incident.

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