The government of Thailand has granted visa-free entry to Maldivian citizens.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid announced this Saturday morning that the visa exemption will take effect on April 14.
The visa exemption is for Maldivian citizens who travel to Thailand for tourism for no more than 30 days.
Thank the Royal Government of Thailand for exempting visa for Maldivian passport holders travelling to Thailand for tourism, from 14 April onwards, for upto 30 days.— Abdulla Shahid ???? (@abdulla_shahid) March 23, 2019
Thailand is a frequent destination for Maldivians for leisure, business and medical purposes.
Maldivians are currently charged for tourist visas which are issued upon arrival to Thailand.
Minister Shahid, who is currently in Argentina to attend the United Nations Conference on South- South Cooperation (BAPA+40), met with the head of the Thai delegation attending the event to discuss formalizing the visa waiver arrangement between the two countries on March 20.
The arrangement between Maldives and Thailand marks the third visa waiver secured by the current administration since it came to power in 2018. It follows the visa waiver arrangement with UAE which took effect on January 1, and the visa concessions and medical visa waiver arrangement with India which took effect on March 11.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports Shahid has met with government officials from over 50 countries and discussed visa facilitation.
Discussions are also underway to facilitate easier application for the Germany-Schengen Visa.