H.E. Mr. Hassan Sobir



Mr. Hassan Sobir arrived in Tokyo to assume his duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Maldives to Japan, on 21 June 2022. He is soon expected to present his letter of Credence to the Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Akihito.

Ambassador Sobir has more than 25 years of Senior Management experience in the Government of the Republic of Maldives.

He was member of Parliament representing the North Ari Atoll constituency from 1999 until 2004. He also served for 11 years as Member of Cabinet, with experience in high-level policy making and administration of key economic sectors. He held the cabinet portfolio for Ministry of Tourism and ministry of Fisheries & Agriculture.

Mr. Sobir has been the Chairman of the Male’ Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC), Joint Venture company with partners from Denmark, which resulted in the first public metered desalinated water distribution system in the Maldives.

He also in the past played advisory role to key institutions including the Maldives Monetary Authority (the Central Bank) and regional institutions such as SAARC and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD).

Mr. Sobir also has extensive experience and expertise in diplomatic and foreign relations. He has previously represented the Republic of Maldives as Non-Resident Ambassador of the Maldives to the Europe Union, Permanent Representative of Maldives to UN Office in Geneva, High Commissioner of Maldives to the United Kingdom, High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore and Maldives Ambassador to Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, Mission to the European Union.

From the year 2011 to 2013 he served as Senior lecturer, in School of Hospitality and Tourism, Help University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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.