India is the biggest contributor to the tourism industry of the Maldives. A significant number of Indian tourists visit the Maldives, contributing greatly to its economy.

Military Aid

India provides around 70% of the defence training requirements of the Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF), training over 1500 MNDF personnel and providing air surveillance assets.

Medical Tourism

India is a preferred destination for Maldivians seeking affordable specialized medical treatments and surgeries that are either unavailable or limited in the Maldives.

All-Weather Ally

India has consistently supported the Maldives in various crises, including thwarting the 1988 coup, assisting in recovery after the 2004 tsunami, and addressing challenges like water shortages.

Vaccine Diplomacy

The Maldives was the first country to receive 100,000 doses of India-manufactured vaccines in 2021. India also dispatched measles vaccines to prevent an outbreak in the Maldives.


Since 2019, over 2,200 Maldivians have visited India for various training programs. India also allocates seats to Maldivians under its India Science and Research Fellowship program.

Protecting from China's Influence

To counterbalance China's influence during former President Yameen's pro-China tenure, India extended significant financial support to the Maldives, including Lines of Credit and funding for the Greater Male Connectivity Project (GMCP)