On 11th February, Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced arrangements to provide on-arrival visa from 40 Commonwealth nations to the Maldives, following the country’s re-admission in the intergovernmental organization.
The Maldives joined Commonwealth on February 1, 2020, after almost four years since former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom withdrew the island nation from the organization in 2016.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who assumed office in November 2018, made rejoining the Commonwealth a key foreign policy pledge. The administration formally submitted the expression of interest to rejoin the organisation on December 6, 2018.
The Maldives was formally re-admitted as the 54th Commonwealth nation after two assessment visits in January and August 2019, and an elections observation mission in April 2019.