How to Apply
April 1, 2017
*Exceptions are made for those applicants holding a Certificate of Eligibility.
Visa applications must be submitted by the applicant in person. If extraordinary circumstances make it impossible for you to come in person, please contact us.
Please bring your application documents to our office during our visa hours (see below). You do NOT have to make an appointment to apply.
To find out what documents are required for your visa, please return to the visa homepage and click on the link for the type of visa you are applying for.
Monday to Friday 9:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 15:30
The Consulate-General of Japan is closed on weekends, New Zealand public holidays and some Japanese public holidays. Please see here for a list of our public holidays for 2017.
Level 15, AIG Building
41 Shortland Street
PO Box 3959
You can find a map of our office location here.
Payment of Visa Fees
Payment must be made in cash (correct change only). EFTPOS, credit card or cheques are not accepted.
|Usual Processing Time|
|Application with Certificate of Eligibility||Three working days|
|Working Holiday Visa||Two to three weeks|
|All other visas (Temporary Visitor, Transit, etc.)||A minimum of five working days|
There is NO urgent visa service. Applications that require enquiries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may take longer than the processing times indicated above. Please allow plenty of leeway. Applications for most visas open three months before the intended date of travel. Applications for Working Holiday Visas can be submitted up to one year before intended date of travel.