Maldives will stop accepting expired identification documents for in-country travel from February 2023.
Maldivians faced challenges to renewing their identifying documents due to the COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions. This was in part due to limited office hours, reduced in-person time at government offices, and majority of the population being based outside of the capital Male’ which provides ID-card renewal services.
“The [defense] ministry noted that citizens faced difficulties renewing their ID-cards with the covid-19 restrictions, and allowed for Maldivian nationals to use their expired ID cards to book airline tickets, check-in, and at security check-points as long as the information on their expired documents was clear, according to circular 28-DASA/CIR/2021/7. This circular will be invalid beginning from February 22, 2023.” the Directorate of Aviation Security Administration (DASA), operating under the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Maldives, said in a statement.
The government will be accepting up-to-date identifying documents of the following:
- National ID card
- Work visa card
- License card
- Airport security pass