1. Modification of Border Measures

From 29th April 2023, all travelers and returnees will no longer be required to submit a certificate of negative result of COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure, nor will they be required to submit a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate of three doses or equivalent.
For more details, please click here.

2. Advanced Procedures for Customs and Immigration

All entrants/returnees to Japan are strongly advised to use the “Visit Japan Web” online service for smooth Customs and Immigration procedures prior to departure.
Travelers who do not use Visit Japan Web may face extended procedures at the entry port in Japan.

3. Animal and Plant Quarantine Notice for Import

All entrants/returnees to Japan must not bring any meat products, vegetables or fruits into Japan.

Please check this link for further information on Japan’s Animal and Plant Quarantine measures.

VISA / Residing in Japan

For more details of Visas, please click links below.


1.Temporary Visitor Visa

 (A) Tourism
 (B) Business purposes
 (C) Visiting Relatives or Acquaintances


2. Transit Visa


3. Long-term Visa for Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Holders


4. Other important information related to visa submissions


A) Notes:

  • Please DO NOT STAPLE any documentation or photographs.
  • Depending on the examination of the visa application, applicants may be requested to submit additional documentation besides those listed above.

B) Visa Application and Collection:

  • Visa is valid for only 3 months from the date of issue. Hence, visa applications with an intended date of travel that falls after 3 months from the date of submission will not be accepted.
  • Both the submission of visa application and collection of visa must be done by the applicant in person.
  • Due to unavoidable circumstances, if a third party has to submit the visa application or collect the visa on behalf of the applicant, the third party must also present their ID Card, a copy of their ID Card, and a Letter of Authorization (original) signed by the visa applicant stating:
  • The reason why the visa applicant is unable to come to the Embassy in person.
  • The name and ID Card number of the person who is authorized to submit the visa application or collect the visa on behalf of the applicant.
  • The relation between the third party and the visa applicant.

C) Processing Period:

A minimum period of 5 working days is required to process visa applications, starting from the date after submission. However, the evaluation may take longer depending on the examination, and thus applicants are advised to apply well in advance – at least 2-3 weeks before the intended departure date.

D) Visa Fees (from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024)

  1.  Single-entry Visa:     MVR330   (MVR90 for Indian citizens)
  2.  Multiple-entry Visa:  MVR670   (MVR90 for Indian citizens)
  3.  Transit Visa:              MVR80     (MVR10 for Indian citizens)
  • Visa fee is charged only when the visa is issued, and applicants will be notified of the amount prior to collection.
  • Visa fee is to be paid only in cash, and the exact amount. (Cash notes that are damaged, such as ripped, ink blotted or significantly faded in color, will not be accepted.)
  • Visa fee is exempt for citizens of certain countries, while in some cases additional fees may apply. Contact the Consular Section for further information.

E) Consular Section Operating Hours:

Sunday to Thursday, except on Embassy Holidays
Morning: 10:00-12:00 hrs
Afternoon: 14:00-16:00 hrs

F) Insurance

All travelers to Japan are recommended to purchase overseas travel insurance.
○ Overseas travel insurance can provide security even in the face of unexpected emergencies so that you can enjoy your trip.
○ Medical expenses can be very costly in Japan. If the travel insurance you purchase offers sufficient coverage of medical costs, you can receive treatment without concern.
○ It is recommended to take an overseas travel insurance with travel support for hospital referrals, medical interpretation and cashless medical service. (We recommend that you check your insurance details before travelling. For example: Perinatal medical care is not covered by travel insurance and can be expensive.)


Embassy of Japan in Maldives, Consular Section 5th Floor Aage (Bank of Ceylon building)
Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male’

Tel: +960-330-0087

Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay)

The Hague Convention (The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction)


・Foreign national coexistence policies

   For more details, please click links below. 
      A Daily Life Support Portal For Foreign Nationals
      Guidebook On Living and Working    (English Guidebook)
      New to Japan? Useful Pages For Foreign Nationals


・Guide for when you are feeling ill in Japan

   Japan has created a website to help you receive medical care in Japan.
   Please add it to your bookmarks to use in the event of an emergency.

・Newly introduced status of residence in Japan   

   Japan has started a new status of residence, Visa for Highly skilled professional and Specified visa: Designated activities (Future creation individual, Spouse or Child of future creation individual)

   For more details, please click links below.
      Visa for Highly Skilled Professional
      Specified visa: Designated activities (Future creation individual, Spouse or Child of future creation individual)

・Japan Customs

 Japanese/ English