More than 1m seized from foreigner attempting to depart Maldives

Authorities seized more than MVR 1 million of undeclared cash from a foreigner attempting to depart the Maldives on February 12, 2021.

More than MVR 1 million have been seized from a foreign national attempting to depart from the Maldives. 

Maldives Customs said that the undeclared cash was found in the belongings of a 34-year old Bangladeshi national who was attempting to depart the Maldives on February 12. 

The Bangladeshi national was attempting to depart via Q2 502 to Dhaka at 7:30 on February 12. The cash included currencies of different countries. 

A total of MVR 1.148 million was seized from the man, Maldives Customs specified before adding that the cash was not reported or declared to the authorities. 

Under anti-money laundering laws of the Maldives, any cash amounting to more than USD 10,000 either being taken out or being brought into the Maldives have to be declared. 

Police are now investigating the case.