Queues return to Indian High Commission as Maldivians seek Indian visas

Queues have started to form outside the Indian High Commission in Male’ as people seek to obtain Indian visas.

Earlier this month the Foreign Ministry decided to hand back all Indian visa application operations to the Indian High Commission following a “decline” in visa requests.

However, local media reported that Maldivians began to queue outside the High Commission building at 11:00pm on January 26 after having their visa applications rejected for various reasons.

Despite media reports, an official in the Indian High Commission denied there had been overnight queuing outside the commission building.

“Some people had come in the morning a little early so there may have been a slight queue then, but was no overnight queuing. If a problem does arise we will find a solution,” the high commission official told Minivan News.

Minivan News was awaiting a response from the Foreign Ministry at time of press.

In his address during Indian Republic Day celebrations in Male’ on Friday, Indian High Commissioner D M Mulay said India offered its assurances “that no Maldivian would ever be denied visa to India and we will work very closely with the Maldivian authorities to resolve all the outstanding issues in a spirit of cooperation and good will. ”

Last month, Maldivians were forced to queue outside the Indian High Commission – in some cases overnight – to obtain medical visas in order to travel to India.

To alleviate the issue, the Foreign Ministry launched an SMS system that alerted individuals when it was their turn to have their visas processed.

However, following a decline in visa requests this month, Maldivians wishing to obtain tokens for their Indian visas to be processed will now have to use the Indian High Commission building as before, as the Foreign Ministry is no longer providing the service.

A spokesman from the Foreign Ministry told Minivan News earlier this month that should the demand for visas increase, the ministry will take measures to ensure all visas are processed.

“If there is a requirement we will consult the Indian High Commission. It is currently issuing 53 tokens per day and we think that is working fine for now,” he said. “We will ensure that Maldivians get their visas.”

The Indian High Commission has claimed the tightened restrictions were in line with a bilateral agreement signed back in 1979 and its appropriation by Maldivian authorities in the intervening years.

A source within the Indian High Commission, speaking to Minivan News in December last year, contended that all visas given to Maldivians for travel to India were provided free of charge – a courtesy he claimed was not extended to Indian citizens coming to the Maldives for work.

The commission spokesperson added that the introduction of the tighter regulations was imposed as a clear “signal” from Indian authorities that the concerns it had over practices in the Maldives such as the confiscation of passports of migrant workers, needed to be brought to an end.

Last week, the High Commission presented journalists with a list of 11 consular grievances, including discrimination and mistreatment of its expatriates and the routine withholding of passports by government departments.


7 thoughts on “Queues return to Indian High Commission as Maldivians seek Indian visas”

  1. Even in Middle East Indian toilet cleaners get free visa...????????

    These coolies surrender their passports like slaves as soon as they started work.

    No kaaaments(inglish for comments)from South Block bald heads.....busy pleasing ex-Italian cobbler baby sitter for promotion.

    Go and see in Middle East how mallu aunties and mallu babies sacrifice themselves for promotion.and high pay ..from Arabs..guys this is a long story...

  2. Good Lord kuruvi, you do have serious issues! you must be a true blue child of the Gayoom dictatorship. Sadly no one appears interested.

  3. Kurvi, You should not think we all Maldivians are nuts like you to have illusions. You beg from the whole world to survive and still have illusions as if you are Arab Sheikh.

    What is the point you are trying to make? How is it relevant how foreigners are treated in Arab world? If Arabs charge visa fee, they also have to pay money and get a visa. And you want to travel to India without any visa, but ask them to get a visa to come here. You dont want to pay money for the visa but charge them for a visa. Why dont you ask China to allow us visa free travel?

    By the way, are you a Paki or their agent, knowingly spreading hatred?

  4. maldive condition day by day going down ...coz theis people start lieing ....now maldives totaly changed not like before honest...they started cheating people...violence ..looting....this will happen .sure...one day all country will stop free visa...one time evry country hv to think abt maldives..condition...

  5. kurvi is a paki punk. And his comments are always the same derogatory crap about indian leadership. Look at the political situation of pak and is easy to see why the bugger is green..dho!

  6. Mulay sold his soul to help the coup govt. take over. Now, he realises his mistake with the criminal dictatorship old regime up to their old tricks.

  7. Why should these Maldivians be given any respect when they do not give to others.

    A country that services on loans and loans only has the real beggars.

    We Maldivians are the REAL BEGGARS.

    Challenge one country not fund us then we will see our real fate


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