How to bring your car to Maldives

Hello everybody,

If you exported your car to Maldives, were there any formalities that needed to be completed beforehand? What were they?

What is the best way to export your car? Is there a limit on the number of vehicles, or perhaps the age of the vehicle? Are there limits on emissions or emission controls in Maldives?

What are the expected costs of exporting a car? In your opinion, is it worth it?

Once you arrived in Maldives, what were the applicable taxes? What was the customs process like?

How do you go about registering an imported car in Maldives?

Is it best to buy a car once you have arrived or to bring your car with you, in your opinion?

We look forward to hearing from you!


According to the transport authority of Maldives you need to have a garage to park the vehicle before you can apply for the registration. The vehicle should have a usage period of less than 5 years before registration.  As per the taxes, you have to pay 100 percent of the value of the car to the maldives customs.

You will not be able to find any car dealers in Maldives. So you have to import cars from abroad. Most peoplein the maldives prefer motorcycle as its comfortable and easy to drive around.

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