H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Uvais

Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary    


Mr. Ibrahim Uvais arrived in Tokyo to assume his duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Maldives to Japan on 13 April 2018. He presented his letter of Credence to the Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Akihito on 19 June 2018.

Mr. Uvais served in the Maldives civil and foreign service and has extensive experience in the fields of economic policy and diplomacy. He joined the Maldives’ civil service in 1995, as an Assistant Secretary at the Foreign Relations Section of the President’s Office. He later also served as Administrative Officer at the Financial Affairs Section, and as Assistant Director at the Economic Policy Section at the President’s Office. In 2006 he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was posted as First Secretary of the Maldives Embassy in Malaysia until 2009. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Uvais worked as an Organisation Development Consultant in Malaysia from 2015 to 2018.

Mr. Uvais pursued academic interests in disciplines of commerce and diplomacy throughout his professional career. He initially completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the Flinders University of South Australia and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Western Sydney. He later obtained a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta and Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Commerce from Monash University Malaysia. From 2010 he has been on the online faculty of DiploFoundation a non-profit foundation which works to increase the role of small and developing states through capacity development and training.


Death of a Maldivian citizen

If you wish to inform or register a death of a Maldivian citizen in Japan please contact the Embassy.


1. Do I need to apply for a visa to visit Maldives on a holiday?                                                                            

You do not need to apply for a tourist visa. All tourists are issued up to 30-day visa for free at the airport on your arrival in Maldives. You’ll simply need to ensure the following requirements are fulfilled.

1. Your passport should be valid with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) and should have at least 6 months validity on the date of arrival.
2. Have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives.
3. Have enough funds to cover the expenses for duration of the stay in Maldives. (US$100 + $50 dollars per day) or a confirmation of reservation in a Tourist Resort or a Hotel.

Please refer to ‘Entry to Maldives’ of Maldives Immigration website for more details. 

If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

2. Can I use a drone to take pictures and videos during my trip to Maldives?

To import drones to the Maldives, no prior permission from the Maldives Customs Service is required if the following conditions are met:

1. It is brought for personal use only.
2. Drones and other equipment’s combine value is less or equal to USD 3000 (more details below)
3. It is not to be used in Male City or other restricted areas. (Special permission is required if the drone to use drones in capital Male’.)

As a general rule, because drone use can infringe on the privacy and comfort of other guests, kindly obtain guidance and permission from the resort or local guesthouse before taking pictures and videos using drones on their premises.

For smooth customs and clearance, please take special care to make sure the items are consigned under the name of the individual carrying the items. If the items are consigned under a company’s name and is not within the personal use criteria, then the items will be considered to be imported for commercial purpose and normal import declaration process will apply.

For additional information regarding tax and duty, please consult Maldives Customs Services website


3. I have traveled to countries with a yellow fever alert. Do I need proof of vaccination for my trip to Maldives?

If you have visited countries with yellow fever alert in the past one month, or if you plan to visit one before you arrive in Maldives, you may be asked to show your vaccination record.
If you have been living in Japan you do not require a vaccine.

4. Will I be restricted from entering Maldives for a holiday if I have a record of past offenses or was rejected visa to another country?

In general, having a record of minor past offenses or being rejected visa to another country does not disallow you from entering Maldives as long as you fulfill the visa requirements (see Question 1).

If you are in doubt about any travel restrictions you may write to Maldives Immigration at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (in English) together with your passport details to check if there are any outstanding travel restrictions. You may also contact the Embassy if you need further assistance.