Expired ID cards no longer acceptable for air travel starting Feb 22

Passengers board a Maldivian flight.

Expired national identity cards and other official identification documents will not be acceptable for domestic travel starting February 22, states Island Aviation Services, which operates the national airline, Maldivian.

In a statement Tuesday, Island Aviation announced that it will not accept expired identification documents starting February 22.

This includes national ID card, passport, work visa card, driver’s license card, airport security pass, and other official identification documents issued by government institutions.

Island Aviation’s deputy managing director Aishath Jennifer told Sun on Tuesday that the airline had been accepting expired identification documents in order to ease the inconvenience suffered by passengers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision by Island Aviation follows similar decisions by other state institutions.