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Information for U.S. Citizens in the Middle East

Intercountry Adoption


Country Information


Republic of Maldives
Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism.

Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism.

Country Summary: Terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Attacks may occur on remote islands which could lengthen the response time of authorities.   

If you decide to travel to Maldives:

  • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Country Security Report for Maldives.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist plan for emergency situations.

Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?

Hague Convention Information

The Republic of the Maldives (Maldives) is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoptio(Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Maldives.

Maldivian law and Islamic Shari’a law, upon which Maldivian family law is largely based, does not allow the adoption of Maldivian children in Maldives.  Maldivian law recognizes only long term guardianship as an alternative to adoption, and this arrangement is only available to Maldivian nationals.  According to Maldivian law, prospective adoptive parents who are non-Muslim may not be appointed guardians of Muslim children.  Prospective adoptive parents should refer to our information sheet on Adoption of Children from Countries in which Islamic Shari'a Law is observed for more information.

The Maldivian government is currently considering significant revisions to its laws governing the guardianship of minors. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Maldives should continue to monitor our website,, for updated information on adoption in Maldives as it becomes available.

U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Maldives who wish to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should contact Maldives adoption authority, the Ministry of Gender, Family and Human Rights (see contact information below).

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information sheets for more information on travelling to Maldives and the U.S. Embassy Sri Lanka & Maldives website for information on consular services.

Caution:  Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable.  In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible.  In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Maldives and the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s website for information on consular services.

Ministry of Gender, Family and Human Rights

U.S. Immigration Requirements

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Maldives, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka
210, Galle Road
Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Tel:  +94-1-2028500
Fax:  +94-1-2437345

The Republic of the Maldives Adoption Authority
Ministry of Gender, Family and Human Rights
Huravee Building, 1st Floor
Male, Maldives
Tel:  +9603013008
Fax:  9603013018

Embassy of Sri Lanka in the United States
Embassy of Sri Lanka
2148 Wyoming Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20008
Tel:  (202) 483-4026/ 28
Fax:  (202) 232-7181

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel:  1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1- 913-214-5808

For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel:  1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

Last Updated: June 29, 2023

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Colombo
210 Galle Road
Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
+(94) (11) 202-8500
+(94)(11) 202-8500
+(94) (11) 249-8590

Maldives Map