After the arrest of two visitors, the Maldives administration urged all visitors to abide by local laws and regulations. The request comes after the Maldives Police Service handed over two visitors to Maldives Immigration for not having the proper visa while working as journalists in the in the island nation.
The government press release stated that the two individuals included one British national and one Indian National who had entered the country under tourist visas but were working as journalists -which is in direct contravention of the Immigration Act as and other related regulations.
The Maldives Police Service has also requested that travellers to the Maldives respect Maldivian Law while urging all visitors to adhere to immigration guidelines and to visit the country under the proper, and relevant, visa corresponding to the purpose of their visit.
Maldives' regulatory agencies are mandated by Law to enforce regulations and laws without favour or prejudice.
The government further said that a number of foreign journalists currently work in the Maldives with the proper visa and the nation welcomes all others who wish to work as journalists to visit and stay in the country through the proper, lawful, channels.