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India, Maldives to implement liberalised visa regime

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and on Tuesday exchanged diplomatic notes for the implementation of a visa facilitation agreement to boost people to people contacts between the two countries.

The agreement was signed during Maldivian Ibrahim Solih's visit to in December within a month after taking charge of the high office. The visit was seen as an effort by his to repair ties with which came under severe strain during the presidentship of Abdulla Yameen, who was known to be close to

During Yameen's rule there were several diplomatic issues with many Indians being reportedly denied visas.

The exchange of diplomatic notes follows signature on the Agreement by the after the Union Cabinet's approval.

The Agreement will be effective from March 11, 2019 after all formalities including information being provided to all Immigration Offices, Border points and Customs Authorities have been completed.

This 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 for business purposes.

This Agreement will facilitate greater people to people contacts which was one of the decisions taken during the meeting between and Solih in December.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 21:10 IST