NEW DELHI :
India and Maldives exchanged formal diplomatic notes for the implementation liberalised visa norms under the terms of an agreement signed during the visit of Madives President Ibrahim Solih to India in December.
The new visa agreement rules will be effective from 11 March “after all formalities including information being provided to all Immigration Offices, Border points and Customs Authorities have been completed," the Indian foreign ministry said in a statement.
The agreement “provides a very liberal visa regime for Maldivian nationals to visit India for tourism, business, education & medical purposes. It also makes it easier for Indians to travel to Maldives for business purposes," the statement said.
“This Agreement will facilitate greater people to people contacts which was one of the decisions taken during the high level meeting between Prime Minister of India and the President of the Republic of Maldives," it added.
India-Maldives ties have improved in the wake of Solih getting elected as the president of the atoll nation in September. Ties had plummetted prior to that mainly due to the former president Abdullah Yameen leaning towards China.