• Major Changes to the Tourism Law

    Seen more as an overhaul of the existing legal landscape, the Maldives Government is proposing a series of amendments to the Tourism Act. The bill is now being reviewed in parliament. The amending bill which [...]

  • MOT unfreezes MMPRC Islands

    After a protracted freeze on transactions involving MMPRC islands, the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) has finally begun processing requests related to MMPRC islands. The freeze order came from the Presidential Commission on Corruption and Asset [...]

  • Guesthouses reopen on 15 October

    When tourist resorts reopened in mid-July, tourist guesthouses remained closed. Main reason was that while tourist resorts are built on self-contained islands with no regular access to local population, guesthouses are on inhabited islands in [...]

  • Covid-19 Emergency Legislation now Law

    A sunset law has come into effect today to enable special measures aimed at assisting individuals, families and businesses combat the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent imposition of the public health emergency [...]

  • Employment Act Revised

    The parliament has enacted several changes to the Employment Act. The amendment bill passed on Sunday, 6 September 2020 was initially submitted by the government in June 2019. However, the parliament’s version is a bit [...]

  • Big Changes to Employment Law Expected

    The parliament is in the last stages of adopting a series of amendments to the Employment Act. The government had earlier in June 2019 submitted an amendment bill to bring some changes to the Employment [...]

  • Onerous Obligation of Expatriate Accommodation

    It is often said that government policy initiatives can have serious implications on businesses. It can cause costs associated with the business to either increase or decrease – directly in the form of taxes, fees [...]

  • New Expatriate Employment Regulations Launched

    In a major policy intervention, the Maldives Government has today launched the new and revised Expatriate Employment Regulations. It is now published in the government gazette as Regulation Number 2020/R-62. The complete set The new [...]

  • SC decides law of frustration; adopts common law

    In a recent decision[1], the Supreme Court has demarcated the ambit and parameters of the doctrine of frustration as it applies under Maldives law. The decision of the apex court answers two key questions: (i) [...]

  • Lease Rent Penalty Reduced Significantly

    In a noteworthy move, the Ministry of Tourism has today reduced significantly the penalty payable in respect of delayed lease rent payments. This policy change is reflected in the 4th Amendment to the Tourist Resorts, [...]

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