CURRENT VISA PROCEDURES (updated 1st June 2022)

Currently, non-Japanese  (*except Returnees who have a valid re-entry permit) citizen need a valid visa to enter Japan (including APEC Card holders)
Transit visas and holiday for individual tourist entry are NOT available until further notice
Connecting in Japan between International Flights
Narita Airpot is not open 24 hours, so if your flight is on the next day you will have to enter Japan.
Unfortunately at the current time you cannot do so due to COVID-19 border measures.
Travelers who are not entering Japan and transferring directly to a third country by transit on the same day, are not required to submit any documents and undergo inspections in Japan.
  • Nonetheless, travelers are still subject to the travel/entry restrictions and requirements of their final destination.
  • Passengers must also have their check-in luggage tagged-through from the origin airport to their final destination.
However, the following cases require entry into Japan will not be allowed to enter Japan until further notices  
  • Transferring between Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) and Narita International Airport
  • Travelers with a connecting flight out of Narita International Airport the following day
Re-entry of Foreign Nationals
All categories of foreign nationals who have departed Japan and have a VALID *Residence Card and a VALID re-entry permit (including "minashi" special re-entry permit) may return to Japan.

*Residence Card
We are not capable of answering questions about your Resident Card.  Please contact the Immigration Services Agency of Japan for further information.

BORDER MEASURES (updated 1st June 2022)

Travellers from New Zealand exempt from on-arrival COVID-19 tests from June 1 2022

Valid vaccination certificate Quarantine
*Pre-departure test
On-arrival test Isolation


No need to submit × ×


ALL entrants MUST provide a COVID-19 PCR Test Certificate 72 hours prior to departure
Please contact your GP or Health Line (0800 358 5453) for further information.
If you are unable to submit the certificate, you will not be allowed to enter in Japan based on the Quarantine Law.


You do not have to make an appointment to visit our office. 
Simply bring in your application during our consular office hours:  
*Monday to Friday : 9:00-12:00 or 13:00-15:30 only

*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 this year.

Japan has three diplomatic missions in New Zealand: the Embassy of Japan in Wellington, the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland and the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch.
Each office has a specific jurisdictional area. In order to serve you best, it is important that you contact your closest office.
*Holiday for individual tourists are still NOT yet possible and only tourist groups with both pre-arranged tour schedule and tour guided by a travel agency are acceptable.

*Applications open three months before the intended date of arrival (visa is expires three months after the date of issue)
*Current visa processing time is minimum of 5 working days

*We advise you not to purchase your airline ticket until the visa is approved

*All applicants 18 years of age and over must appear in person when applying for visa or collection of visa (no exception)

How to Apply 
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For short-term business purpose stay only   
(up to 90 days) and must received 
the ERFS certificate from the inviter in Japan
Transit Visa
* Spouse or Child of a Japanese National
* Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident
* Diplomat

For all other CoE status holders must recevied the ERFS Certificate from inviter in Japan 
All applicants must received the ERFS Certificate from the inviter in Japan
without Certificate of Eligibility (CoE)

*Spouse: only the legal spouse of a Japanese national may apply 

*Child: the child of a Japanese national who is not holding Japanese nationality may apply 
Visiting Relative(s)
Friend(s) in Japan

Extension of Validity of Re-Entry Permit
Visa Waiver Arrangement for Nationals of
the United Arab Emirates
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs of japan site)
Visa Fees
Contact Us

~For other information~
Safe Travel
official advice for New Zealanders travelling overseas

Ministry of Foreign affairs of Japan
Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Singapore Airline
Covid-19 Intormation Centre

Air New Zealand
International travel requirements

Narita Airport
Notice Concerning COVID-19

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