Visiting Japan & Visa

2024/1/22

Who needs a visa to enter Japan?

FOR NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT HOLDERS
New Zealand is one of the visa exempt country and do not need a visa if your period of stay in Japan is 90 days or less AND you will not be engaged in income earing activities.

FOR OTHER PASSPORT HOLDERS
Please access the link below to determine whether your nationality is included in the short-term stay visa exemption measure or not.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html

Eligible applicants (who can apply?)

  • Visa applicants are accepted only from residents in our jurisdiction
  • Long-term resident status in NZ who hold visa such as "RESIDENT" "WORK" "STUDENT" "GUARDIAN" can apply
  • We DO NOT accept visa applications from any types of NZ "TOURIST VISA" holders (except 'Guardian' status)

How to apply for a visa (2 ways)

(1) Apply in person (office address & map)

Simply bring in your application during our consulor section hours:
9am - 12pm or 1pm - 3:30pm (Monday to Friday and except Public Holidays)
*NO appointment required*
 

(2) Appy by post

Applicants reside in outside of Auckland can apply visa by courier and must be trackable
  • Must be resides within our jurisdiction 
  • Our office is not responsible for delay of delivery or loss/damage of passports in the mail
  • Please fill in a "pledge form" then email back to us before sending your documents (MANDATORY)
  • Do NOT send money: Visa fee need to be paid at the time of passport collection
  • Courier ALL the required documents (including the original passport)
  • You must come IN PERSON to visit our office to collect you own passport 
POSTAL ADDRESS
Attn: Visa section  
Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland
Level 15, 41 Shortland Street
Auckland 1010


HOW TO COLLECT YOUR PASSPORT WITH VISA

  • All visa applicants 18 years of age and over must appear in person either when applying for visa OR at collection of visa 
  • All CoE visa applicants MUST appear in person either when applying for visa OR at collection of visa
  • After receiving visa grant notification by email from us, you may come in person to our office
  • Visa fee can be paid at the time of collection.  Only CASH payment is accepted

Visa processing time and examination process

  • Visa processing time is at least 5 working days
  • Application open three months before the intended date of arrival to Japan 
  • There is NO urgent/priority visa processing service (no exception)
  • Applications submitted on short notice will not be accepted
  • Depending on examination, additional documentation is required
  • Incomplete documents will cause of you to re-visit

Visa requirements (Incomplete documents will cause of you to re-visit)

Check our FAQ page prior to visiting our office or if you have any questions.  Alternatively, Please call "JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE" 
09 802 3564 (24 hours/7days a week, English only) or email us

 

Temporary Visitor Visa
VISA TYPE A

 For sightseeing, visiting relatives & friends

  

Temporary Visitor Visa
VISA TYPE B

Attending conferences athletic tournaments,
business trip and so on that are not paid activities in Japan

 

Temporary Visitor Visa
VISA TYPE C

School Trip

 

For applicants intending to work/study/live in Japan 
*incl. Spouse/Child of Japanese national
(日本人の配偶者・子を含む)

 

This CoE is a requirement to apply for the visa of
your landing in Japan
Before you enter Japan, you have to apply for the visa with this certificate at the Consulate

 

 

Working Holiday Visa 

Eligible for NZ passport holder who residing in NZ only
(NO exception)

 
 

For travellers who will stop over in Japan
en-route to another country
due to the flight schedules

 

Extension of Validity of Re-Entry Permit
 
 

Visa Waiver Arrangement for Nationals of
the United Arab Emirates 
 

(Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan site)
 

 
 
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